It always amazes me how these ex show mares love to be pampered...kinda like myself on the rare occasion that I get a foot rub (like never, right Gino?)
She received the horse show treatment with an ear and face clipping (for us two legged creatures that would equate to a mustache wax/color and and eyebrow waxing/pluck, a bath with conditioning treatment to tail (for us two legged creatures that would equate to a bath with a condition treatment for our hair, or our tails in rare occasions ;), a hair trim (same bla bla bla)
Now before everyone reading this post thinks that we must have nothing better to do then to fuss over each horse, let me give you our reasoning.
Certain environmental conditions predispose foals to neonatal illnesses, including unsanitary conditions, poor husbandry, exposure to new pathogens against which the mare has no immunity, and extreme environmental temperatures.
If any of you have been fortunate enough to witness a mare give birth you know that once that foal stands (usually within the first hour) he will be searching for his first meal. During that search a foal will lick all over that mare including the legs, chest, stomach and tail and all the while ingesting every little bacteria sticking to that mare. Foals are born with very little immunity as they have been cooking in a sterile environment, their systems are not ready yet to mount a big fight. We try to do all we can at this tender age to ensure they have close to sterile conditions until they receive the gift of passive transfer of immunity through the mares colostrum.