Dear Gray Horse Momma (or Dad!),
This is our special season, one which we dread while others see amazement in our skills, this is Spring. To the non-Gray horse owner this season is full of naked horses, rolling in the fields and lots of shedding. For the Gray horse owner we begin that special season of weather watching, trying to keep our grays captive in sheets and other devices to keep them clean, having white hair or EVERYTHING!! (black coat, white coat gets dirty so can’t hide it there…)
While our blessed bay and chestnut friends simply groom hard and pull off that shiny horse at the March clinic, we stay glued to the Weather Channel on our phones, heat buckets of water and pray for a quick bath with quick dry times, lest we scratch our ride. Our bay friends say: “It’s ok! It’s winter, everyone understands” but when your horse is white… and I mean that shade of Gray where it’s white and you wash out every photo, you just can’t do it. That poop stain is mocking you in the face! and it will haunt you and every photo. I sent my hubby a video of my horse and he said “Oh no! Did she cut her throatlatch?” to which I replied “no, that’s a poop stain”.
I reflect back to a well respected friend and fellow Gray/White horse owner who came home after an amazing dressage test with banner scores and a little note on the bottom “Next time please wash your horse’s tail better” I can’t tell you how bad that burned me and my friend! Wash a tail! It’s March! I did wash a tail… I’m washing 4-5 months of red clay out of a white tail! It was white, stained a touch but God bless a Gray owner for pulling off a clean horse at a winter dressage test.
Gray Horse Mommas (and dads!) you chose your horse knowing (or shortly thereafter discovering) the work it takes to maintain a unicorn-esque coat. No one truly understands the nauseating feeling of watching your horse roll in mud (because you can’t just brush that off for your lesson and still be a respectful student!), or that deep set in winter dirt that leaves a semi-permanent saddle mark… all winter long.
So smile every time your bay and chestnut friends exclaim “Oh he/she is sooo pretty! How on earth did you get him/her that clean ? You didn’t have to go through all that trouble for a winter clinic” Because you just spent 20 minutes with Miracle Groom trying to get that slant load trailer black mark off your horses butt. It’s a reputation you must uphold because after all everyone knows you as the owner of the “Big White Horse” (for better or worse… though for me it’s often the worse!)
Because after all… Mr Clean ain’t got nothing on us!
Lisa and Claire… AKA The Elusive White Giraffe
PS Wash your Hot Pink Jammie before attempting to cover every inch of your horse… let’s just say I showed a horse of a different color that time!