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  • #81
    Originally posted by IronwoodFarm View Post
    Great mane! All you non-Fjord people -- think about how bad this mare would look with the first 4 inches removed.

    In response to Giddy-up, the reason I have not completely banned these people is because the husband is handicapped. Driving is the one thing he can do where he is like everyone else. He may be a clueless about grooming, but cutting him off would be harsh. Limited showing while closely supervised seems the best option for now.
    Since this was apparently the equivalent of spitting in his eye, invoice them for the use of the mare, and the cost of missing her class.

    I'm sorry they haven't a CLUE how selfish and self-involved they are. Disabled or no, Clueless? Check!

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    • #82
      Yuck, mangled Fjord manes are awful. Someone butchered the gelding I ride's forelock a few years ago... apparently with the owner's consent but it was an awful idea (evidence. Ignore the fact he's dressed as a hot dog). Thankfully it quickly grew back.
      Last edited by Natalie A; Jul. 8, 2017, 12:56 AM.

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      • #83
        Natalie.... ..on that forelock photo!
        My first thought when I opened the picture was, "Hey Moe! Nyuck nyuck, nyuck!"
        You jump in the saddle,
        Hold onto the bridle!
        Jump in the line!
        ...Belefonte

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        • #84
          I actually choked. I did the super quick and deep shocked inhale while eating.
          "Aye God, Woodrow..."

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          • #85
            Originally posted by MistyBlue View Post
            Natalie.... ..on that forelock photo!
            My first thought when I opened the picture was, "Hey Moe! Nyuck nyuck, nyuck!"
            Ditto! Poor thing.

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            • #86
              Awww...LOL! Well at least he didn't have the little mustache.

              That forelock trim happens often by accident or not. But it just shows up so well on the thick dark Fjorelock against the face color!

              And it grew out nice. I have an AQHA gelding that I've had over 2.5 years now. I have not touched his mane or forelock at all except for grooming. And it looks exactly the same as when I got him. Hasn't grown a single inch. It still looks like a partially grown out pulled mane that stands straight on end. Even his forelock stands straight up!

              I would've fixed it by now, but it's so hilarious looking that I can't bring myself to fix it. No matter how bad a day I'm having, all Sonny has to do is look at me with that hairdo he has and I grin.
              You jump in the saddle,
              Hold onto the bridle!
              Jump in the line!
              ...Belefonte

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              • #87
                Wow IronwoodFarm. That really and truly sucks. And on top of it, they are ungrateful for the opportunity to drive your horses at all. You are well rid of them
                "The mighty oak is a nut who stood its ground"

                "...you'll never win Olympic gold by shaking a carrot stick at a warmblood..." see u at x

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                • #88
                  Can you try roaching the mare's mane down a lot shorter or is that a big no no?

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                  • #89
                    I have borrowed other people's horses before, and I would never, EVER do this. Seriously, what were they thinking? SMH
                    I saw the angel in the marble and I set him free. - Michaelangelo

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                      #90
                      Roaching the mane is an option and one that I may be forced to do. It's not the breed standard.

                      The excuse given for the clipping is that they were ignorant of the breed standard and thought they were improving the horse. I guess with over 3 years driving at my farm, they must have never ever noticed that none of my horses' manes looked like their vision of perfection. Being the experts that they are they knew better than me.

                      They will not be driving my horses again by their own choice. I certainly hope they acquire a cart, a harness, and a horse for the husband to drive. It gives him great joy to be able to work with a horse again. He loves competing, too. I also left the door open to his coming back at some point in the future.

                      I do believe in giving back to other horse people. I think there is a karma bank and you need to deposit into it before you can withdraw from it. I know I did the right thing by helping a handicapped person. If he is insulted by people wanting to help him because of his disability (and believe me, to drive took ALOT of help and required well trained horses) then so be it. My actions were not done out of pity, but rather to help someone with special needs work with horses in a way he could not at home.
                      Last edited by IronwoodFarm; Jul. 3, 2011, 11:35 AM.
                      Where Norwegian Fjords Rule
                      http://www.ironwood-farm.com

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                      • #91
                        Ironwood, I know you are not looking for kudos, but good on ya. To me you are what a decent human should be, kind, thoughtful and caring about others.

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                        • #92
                          IF, Can you sort of do a shorter version of the breed standard to "blend" the totally clipped part in more, so the arch is more correct, but just shorter? I'm sure the judges would understand what happened?

                          I feel so bad that you have to scratch... I would think they would understand since it's not a permanent issue...
                          2016 RRP Makeover Competitor www.EnviousBid.com

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                          • #93
                            I did this one time to my good friend. I was such a novice I didn't even know that it would be a big deal. I would never do that now! But she mentioned it to me and when I realized I had stepped on her toes I felt so bad. I feel they didn't even know they were making these mistakes.
                            If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?
                            ? Rumi






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                            • #94
                              The person did what??? just....choked!! for you.....urgh.....

                              so sorry.

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                              • #95
                                Oh my, it sounds like they're really ungrateful/ungracious. Like someone else asked, could you trim the rest of the mane down so you can get an approximation of the proper curve, just shorter? Would they really ding her significantly over the mane in the evaluation, or are you just embarrassed to have her representing your program with her "Wannabe Halter Arab" hairdo?
                                Stay me with coffee, comfort me with chocolate, for I am sick of love.

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                                  #96
                                  Whisper, unfortunately the Scissorhands cut a bridle path that is over 4 inches long and uneven. I can make her mane shorter, but I can't get compensate for the long roach. Her neck looks funny because the mane is so offset.

                                  For me, it is mortifying to appear with a Fjord looking like this. I have the largest Fjord farm in the state. I am very active in the Fjord community, organizing the Evaluation and the Mid Atlantic Small Draft Horse Show. This particular mare is poised to complete her medallions of quality at the higest level in performance. We have been practicing her tests for months now.

                                  Obviously she can perform regardless of her mane. But my registry requires photographs of all tests and forevermore I will have a record of her with the substandard mane. Unfortunately Fjord evaluations are not held in this area every year and this one is the ONLY evaluation being held in the US this year. So, it's not like I can go somewhere else or simply wait another year.
                                  Where Norwegian Fjords Rule
                                  http://www.ironwood-farm.com

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                                  • #97
                                    Again, I'm sorry Ironwood. The quality of the mare and the importance of this evaluation for both your farm, your business and your mare only speak more to what an incredibly wonderful opportunity these people messed up and didn't appreciate.
                                    "Aye God, Woodrow..."

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                                    • #98
                                      Originally posted by IronwoodFarm View Post
                                      Whisper, unfortunately the Scissorhands cut a bridle path that is over 4 inches long and uneven. I can make her mane shorter, but I can't get compensate for the long roach. Her neck looks funny because the mane is so offset.

                                      For me, it is mortifying to appear with a Fjord looking like this. I have the largest Fjord farm in the state. I am very active in the Fjord community, organizing the Evaluation and the Mid Atlantic Small Draft Horse Show. This particular mare is poised to complete her medallions of quality at the higest level in performance. We have been practicing her tests for months now.

                                      Obviously she can perform regardless of her mane. But my registry requires photographs of all tests and forevermore I will have a record of her with the substandard mane. Unfortunately Fjord evaluations are not held in this area every year and this one is the ONLY evaluation being held in the US this year. So, it's not like I can go somewhere else or simply wait another year.

                                      That is a lot of $$ actually this is costing you.

                                      And they are ticked you said something about this?

                                      I'd send them an invoice.

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                                      • #99
                                        Originally posted by IronwoodFarm View Post
                                        Whisper, unfortunately the Scissorhands cut a bridle path that is over 4 inches long and uneven. I can make her mane shorter, but I can't get compensate for the long roach. Her neck looks funny because the mane is so offset.
                                        And they honestly thought they were "improving" your mare with a do like that?

                                        You, my dear, are a class act.
                                        Your "friends", however, are *not*.
                                        "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

                                        ...just settin' on the Group W bench.

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                                        • Yep, sad when the good people get hurt.

                                          It tends to limit the pool of good people who do things for the sake of doing something nice for somebody.

                                          Many of us grew as horsemen on the kindness of others. Sally we are loosing too much of this.

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