Today was Pony Spa Day, and I took the plunge…
I cut Mimi’s mane.
|Please note the “wild pony” eyes. This is the look she
displays pretty much 24/7 through the months of March
and April. Fun times.
Part of me is crying inside right now. I know, I know, it’s just hair. It grows. But there’s that nagging little, “What have I done?” in the back of my mind. Sort of the same thought that has gone through my head whenever I’ve decided to chop my own hair really short in the past. (Never again. My hair is meant to be long.)
It’s not like I roached it off. I won’t go that far. I just cut it to the point that it was at back in our show days.
A large part of me wants that “long, flowing Arabian mane” look. Unfortunately, the reality is, Mimi got the “crappy Appy” mane/forelock in her POA breeding.
And her mane was three or four different lengths, thanks to the fact she rubs out the middle section of her mane every few months by sticking her head through the bars of her pipe corral stall. So she had the long, flowing mane…for the first four or five inches of mane. Then it was the wimpy, rubbed out, really thin middle section. Finally, the last third of her mane is a different texture (kind of wavy…not unlike my own) and never grew as fast as the front portion.
Cute as she is, the mane was not helping her looks any. And I can’t get braids to stay in for longer than a day or two.
She still looks cute (she always looks cute) and very much like she could go right back into the show ring. (If you overlook the metallic rub stains, saddle sweat, mud, manure, and yellow tail. I wanted to give her a bath…then the clouds came in and she was given a reprieve. Mostly because I didn’t want to end up cold and soaked.)