“Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.” – Bill Cosby


Meet Nibbles

As I move away from just using this blog for random thoughts, I thought it might be useful to introduce my current project, Nibbles. Nibbles is a 5 1/2 year old dark bay Shagya Arabian mare. These photos were taken in October 2013. As you can see, she was very plump, having just been pulled from the field and the dust knocked off of her.995198_10151965469968764_1159289287_nNibblesOct20131402176_10151965719663764_470026175_o1233059_10151965469973764_1601964960_o980271_10151965496053764_701286672_o

To pull or not to pull?

I’m strongly considering cutting and pulling Nibbles’s mane. Seeing as I cannot bathe her at the barn she’s presently boarded at (that’s another story), I’m having a hard time maintaining her mane in its present beastly form.

Muddy mane

Fresh from a roll in the mud.

See what I mean? My other argument for pulling is that, ultimately, I want to show her in dressage. As an Arabian, she can get away with the long mane and a running braid. I’m pretty decent at running braids, as well. But I am tired of trying to maintain it. I feel like I have to rip too much hair out to get through it. It is so thick and the texture is fairly wavy and rough. Come on, Arabs are so cute with pulled little manes.