Sweet Julian came for two weeks to be started (and he was an amazing horsey student! Eager to learn, lots of try and devoured whatever I could teach him.)
“Devoured” being The operative word.
Not only did he chow down on training, but pretty much everything else he could put his mouth on!
I was warned, but, hey, I kept him in a separate pen! How bad could it be?
One day I forgot to hook up the hot wire.
Chomp. The hot wire is a combination of yellow plastic for visibility and thin wire, to conduct the electrical charge. It wads up really well when masticated, but apparently gets pokey bits as the wire breaks, so wasn’t great for long term satisfaction, or swallowing, thank goodness.
Chomp. I was taking these pictures when he spied the hose! Fortunately, I’d had enough foresight to remove all hoses from his pen when he came, so this was just an opportunistic grab!
Toot’s fly mask.
Chomp. I buy the super indestructible fly masks, so not much damage, just a lot of slobber (and mud when he dropped it in the dirt and walked on it a little). He took it off Toots every day (some days more than once) until I gave him his own fly mask. Toots also stole his once, and then gave it to him to chew! All of this over the fence.
Chomp. Turns out all lead ropes are not equally delectable! I soon figured out which one was least palatable.
He did NOT chew any wood. Guess he was busy enough with…
Chomp! Tails, I WAS warned, are a favorite of his. But he was in a SEPARATE pen. I did not suspect LT and Longshot would stand next to the gate, acting as though they were in the beauty salon while he reached through and blissfully did their ‘dos!
Thankfully Stetson and Lacey, both of whom have beautiful, thick tails and are being shown his season, were wearing tail socks (although I later learned from his owner that when Julian is determined, tail socks will be removed!)
Julian was penned in the area adjacent to my saddling space, and sometimes I’d tie horses in his pen. I quickly learned that Julian is OBSESSED with tails, and it takes him about 30 seconds to locate and attack unguarded hair.
I set up a photo op*. I tied Mojo to the rail in Julian’s pen and turned Julian loose.
We had been riding and Julian was thirsty, so he went right to the water trough and took a good long drink.
* No tails were harmed in the filming of this event (because I got in there and extracted the tail immediately!) But it was interesting to see that Mojo did not move a foot and seemed quite content to have his tail eaten…oh sorry Julian…I mean coiffed!
Another issue with tails, especially in the summer, is rubbing. LT, in addition to having her ends trimmed, also elected to adopt that behavior!
The two best ways to prevent this are:
1. Conditioner to relieve the dry itchy feeling. Maybe Selsun Blue? (Never tried it. That idea just came to me.) I obviously did not follow my own advice until it was too late. She got Mane n Tail conditioner on it the other day.
2. A summer sheet to cover the tail.
Toots will be our model. She is is shown here, wearing a UV blocking Kool Sheet and a tail sock.
She has this Kool Sheet (which has really held up well –against things like CHEWING!–, as the reviews said it would) to prevent sunburn on her pink skin. She also wears a fly mask for the same reason. Saving the tail was a perk. The sheet also keeps her coat in better condition, and since I am also showing her, that is another nice feature!
That is the end of our tail tale. I hope all your tail tales are long and flowing!
But one last thing: Cometa’s eye is doing really well, although he does have a large divot in his head that will be permanent.