Ugh the tail!
I haven't been doing much with Siera and unfortunately she has gotten into Burdocks. I don't like burdock and I like it less in horse manes and tails.
Siera has cultivated a lovely full length 'horse' tail which not every mule can do.
However, because I've been busy painting, purging out the dressers, moving boxes, and ignoring my best equine friend...she had a mess in her tail.
I hoped that I wouldn't have to cut burrs out as I've had to do in really tangled messes of tails. Last night I rolled up my sleeves and got to work.
I couldn't recall where I had put my Showsheen, so I grabbed some hair conditioner and put water in a little jug. I worked for a long time. Siera would munch a bit on grass and then stop and turn her head to watch.
A few times she wiggled a bit and stomped her foot. But we talked about her tail and her remarkable beauty. I told her this was in her best interest.
She agreed. Her tail and back end were her best parts.
Who could not stop and admire her long flowing tail and her well rounded butt?
I had to use the scissors twice to cut knots. But in the end we persisted. I need to find the Showsheen to make the tail easier to maintain.
I asked her if she wanted it braided and wrapped. She turned her head and stared at her tail.
I received what amounted to a mule 'shrug'. As long as her tail remained beautiful, she didn't care.
She swished it to test it.
Much better than that lump of burdock.
Why don't we go for a ride so I can show it off?
Of course. Why did I not think of that? I grabbed her bridle and got a leg up from hubby.
We went for an evening ride and on the way back collected the mail.
We stopped and chatted with the neighbors as they were getting wood from their wood pile. Siera stood quietly and watched the kids as they ran back and forth. They'd stop to pat her on the nose.
See? I am The Good Mule!
Off course you are Siera. You are totally relaxed, even while getting the mail!
It was a short ride and I led her into the pasture where I took off her bridle and halter. I dropped them on the ground to hook up the gate.
Leave these. We could use them again soon. Please?
I sighed. Maybe tomorrow evening?
Perhaps. When will you braid my tail? And do I get ribbons in it? Pink is nice.
I stood. Siera stood with me. She even stood at the gate after I closed it.