Some of the Shetland ponies have not lost their woolly winter coats and so, armed with a box of various types of brushes and two headcollars, Flossie and I went over to the Minions’ field to do battle.
First up was Newt. He has a thick coat of almost foal-like quality that has no intention of shedding whereas someone like Storm needs no brushing at all.
The box of brushes was entertainment in itself.
There was also mutual grooming.
We didn’t completely strip Newt – we just took off his outer coat so that he could be a bit cooler and hopefully nature will take the rest when it is ready to fall off.
Albie and Newt didn’t want to go away. They loved the attention.
That box of brushes was very popular with everybody.
Albie was happily throwing them about.
We gave all the boys a swift coat strip using BeAnne’s Mars Coat King and a Furminator I had bought for Little Cattie, but never had the heart to send back after her disappearance. It was actually quite effective. I might have to buy a proper pony-sized one now.
Last up was Tiddles who, like Newt, was very hairy and uncomfortable with it. He has been avoiding me these past few days.
He stood for ages while we tidied him up and was much happier with life once we had finished.
Afterwards Floss fairly distributed carrots and we tidied the fur up from out of their field. My back is complaining bitterly now but it was worth it. Everyone is beautiful and ready for summer.