Thursday, May 1, 2008

What I Did Today.........







That's the left over mess of mane all mixed up. Thought I would leave it out on the lawn for the birds to use for nest building. While it was still sunny, I went out and decided to detangle manes. It was driving me nuts. After a little correction from yesterdays attitudes, I found the girls, especially Kola in much better moods, so I did some detangling of manes. Jess had turned me on some time ago to cooking spray. This works better than anything I've ever used before and they tolerate the spray can pretty well. Kola and Misty both fell asleep while I was grooming, that is, until Daddy Steve showed up with a hand full of fresh green grass each for a treat. And a good brushing for both as they are really shedding out. It was a successful week. They got through their shots on Monday and I wormed them on Tuesday. I was concerned about worming Kola as it has just been over a week since her colic and I was worming for everything including Tapeworms, which can be a bit strong for them, but all went well. I used Zimecterin Gold. Kola even ate up her Metamucil today with a little bit of corn oil mixed in with it and her grain. I usually take halters off, but it's going to storm tonight and tomorrow, so I like to leave the halters on, just in case I need to move them quickly. After grooming them, I noticed a few irritable flies hanging around, so legs were sprayed and the girls appreciated it. Just pleased that they are both, especially Kola, are in better more cooperative moods, as evidenced by them eating nicely together tonight. Maybe we're finally getting out of this wretched heat cycle.

17 comments:

Grey Horse Matters said...

Cooking spray huh? Well I never heard of that but I'll keep it in mind. Glad to hear they are being more cooperative.

Callie said...

GHM, Yeah, works like a charm and makes the manes and tails very shiny. Makes it very easy to pull out tangles and burrs.

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

Don't you just love a good grooming session? I have always loved to groom horses. Guess that is why I was always the one stuck getting everything ready to show.
Cooking spray is great stuff. Another good product is the ethnic hair sheen spray from Wal-Mart. Actually I like all of the ethnic hair supplies. They are cheaper than from the catalogs and they work great.

Callie said...

BEC, Holy mackerals, what an awesome idea! I didn't even think of that. I bet Pink Lotion would work wonders!

I'm Mikey said...

Good tips! Cooking spray is better than WD-40, which is what some of the ropers use around here.
Another thing I found handy to keep all my bottles and knickknacks were Dollar Store bathroom caddies. For shampoo, that hang from your shower head. I just hang them on the inside of my tack room door. Which reminds me I need to put some in the horse trailer...
You got me thinking!

Midlife Mom said...

You sure deserve the Equine Excellence Care Award! What a good mom you are to take such good care of your furry friends! And to leave the hair out for the birds to make nests out of, that is such a good idea, I will do that too! Thanks! I keep a list in my barn on what each one gets for grain, supplements, medications, etc too. I have two barn girls plus my Dad who fills in for me when I am away and want to make sure they get what they are supposed to get and not something they can't have like Buddy can't have sweet feed any more due to his tendancy to get laminitis. He has to have his Carb Guard only. Everyone should have their list. With 12 at the stable I would be lost without the list!

Rising Rainbow said...

I hate when that much mane comes out when I am detangling.

Callie said...

Mikey, I like the shower caddy idea. That's a good one. My little red shelf came from IKEA.


Midlife Mom, Thanks! The birds snatch that up in no time and love it for nests. There were piles of white from Kola and the birds must prefer it because by the time I gathered the rest of the hair, it was gone.

Pony Girl said...

I like the leaving the hair out for the birds idea, too! ;) Although my sister's dogs would probably eat it.

Callie said...

Pony Girl, Thankfully my dogs aren't interested in the hair, however, they love hoof trimmings, especially fresh hoof trimmings!

Callie said...

Mikael, It looks worse than it was. I don't mind in Misty so much because she is real thick and curly, but Kola is thin and silky. Funny enough Kola's mane was in a worse state.

kdwhorses said...

You did a great job! I just love grooming too! I have started our summer routine with grooming and it consists of braiding the manes and tails every 3 days. Of course a bath when needed, normally once a week. The braiding works wonders on there manes and tails, it helps them grow and keeps them from losing as much hair each time you groom them. I brush and fly spray them every morning, the flies here are everywhere!! It does take some time to do this grooming routine, but I love it and it is great therapy for me as well! The horses love it and just stand there. I also use MTG (Mane/Tail Growth) on hubby's horse, the one with the allergies and it helps his hair grow back. I just love the product! I normally shampoo them with T-gel shampoo from Dollar General. It is for itchy flaky scalp. It works great, I buy it buy the dozen and it is reasonable! I use the ponytail holders out of the ethnic section, they are the best and does not snag the hair. Everyone had alot of great ideas. Sorry I got so long winded!

Mud Ranch said...

Cooking spray... like "Pam?" Interesting... I guess if it's okay for us to eat, then it would be okay to put in their manes. Thanks for the tip!

Callie said...

KDW, I'll have to try that mane tail growth stuff, cuz Kolas tail is now nearly gone because of goats. I now have a tarp barrier between them.


Mud Ranch, Yeah, like PAM, but only I get the generic stuff, non butter of course. heheheh

Strawberry Lane said...

Amazing ... never would have thought of it. Trying to keep Royal's mane as long as possible, so it takes me forever to groom him. Cooking spray! Wow! Thanks!

Callie said...

Marvel, All credit must go to Jess as she is the one who told me. It works great!

Twisted Oaks Quarter Horses said...

Thanks, Callie. The nice thing about the cooking spray is that it does condition real dry hair too. People use oil to deep condition dry hair,so why not. The MTG really does grow hair. I've used it to grow hair back on scars. I was suprised when it worked on a scar that was over a year old. It is great for rain rot and other skin conditions.