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Date:7/26/2014 2:29:08 AM
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I hope you had a nice weekend. It's in the 90s here so still pretty hot. I took Pippin for a short walk and it was a bit like dragging a sack of potatoes.

My sister drove Eddie but unfortunately they had a mishap. His shoes are wearing thin and I guess he felt unsure of his footing and slipped and fell to his knees. Both knees have pretty big gashes in them. Poor boy! I sprayed Scarlex on them and am hoping he doesn't get an infection and that he didn't twist or sprain something.

He's so big that even a minor slip can cause damage. I guess there are some disadvantages to being a giant! Tomorrow will tell.

Today's Percheron fact is another controversial subject. Do I like controversy? Hm…

Anyway, in this country it is a common, almost universal, practice to dock the tails of Percherons. In my opinion this is outdated and cruel. It comes from the days when horses were used for hours every day pulling carriages and wearing tail bags. They didn't want their tails getting caught up in the harness or "gasp" getting pooped on!

Today most Percherons live a life of luxury working occasionally and certainly not labouring for hours on the road. They need their tails, like any other horse, to swat away those pesky bugs and to provide a ballast for agile movement.

Most civilized countries have banned the practice and rightly so. Unfortunately, not only is it common here in the US but if you show your Percheron you are not going to win any ribbons with a full tail. Some shows even ban entry to Percherons with natural tails!

I haven't done anything about it yet but I'd like to buy a tail extension for Eddie. It won't help with balance but it sure could swat away some nasty flies! I've even considered using peacock feathers. :) But he might be too embarrassed by that!

I hope you enjoy this short clip of another Percheron I had the luck to know, ride, and drive. She was later sold and I don't see her any more. She's a real sweetheart. See Jewel:

http://www.horsechannel.com/horse- videos/watch- video-973CC2A7EE65345EEB5460BA36FB1B73.aspx (No spaces.)

I hope you had a nice weekend! Here's a vote for you and my everlasting thanks!
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