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  • Grooming a field kept horse
  • Why should u use a body brush on a stable pony and not a field

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    02-15-2012, 02:25 PM
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Foal
Bit confused about grooming?

You know how you can't use some brushes on grass kept ponies? But what if you keep changing them, like they stay in the stable at night or field by day, or something like that where they live in both, what would you do then?
Also what are the brushes you can't use on a field kept pony(grass kept)? I'm kind of confused?

Does that make sense? Haha thanks x
     
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    02-15-2012, 02:29 PM
  #2
Trained
Um... I've never heard of not being able to use certain brushes on pasture horses. I use any brushes I want on mine..
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    02-15-2012, 02:29 PM
  #3
Trained
We were always taught not to use body brushes on field kept ponies because they removed to much grease etc. I believe that this is no longer believed, but personally I only use a dandy brush and curry on my monsters especially during the winter, When they have summer coats I may body brush them
     
    02-15-2012, 02:31 PM
  #4
Trained
Ahhh. Ok, that makes sense (kinda). I don't really brush mine in the winter, unless their hair gets matted with snow/mud. Then I just use a rubber curry to break up the hair.
     
    02-15-2012, 03:09 PM
  #5
Foal
Oh right so it doesn't make a difference in grooming if their field kept or not? X
     
    02-15-2012, 03:24 PM
  #6
Foal
If you do not bathe the horse you do not remove the oils on/in the skin and coat. Brushing or currying stimulates the follicles and increases the skin's natural oils. The horses also usually like it, so it's a treat for some of them.
     
    02-15-2012, 04:40 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by hrslvr13    
If you do not bathe the horse you do not remove the oils on/in the skin and coat. Brushing or currying stimulates the follicles and increases the skin's natural oils. The horses also usually like it, so it's a treat for some of them.
This. If you curry the heck out of a single spot on a horse you will notice it getting super shiny b
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    02-15-2012, 04:59 PM
  #8
Foal
Never heard that. I tend to just use what ever brush I need to depending on what my horse looks like.
     
    02-15-2012, 05:13 PM
  #9
Showing
My horse is field kept and I always curry him, body brush him, then soft brush him. He has no problems.

Now bathing, that's a different story. That strips the oils so you want to do it as less as possible.
     
    02-15-2012, 05:26 PM
  #10
Foal
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
My horse is field kept and I always curry him, body brush him, then soft brush him. He has no problems.

Now bathing, that's a different story. That strips the oils so you want to do it as less as possible.
So instead of bathing him after an exercise where he gets really sweaty, would you wait for him to dry off then brush off the dry sweat? (Thats what I read)

But what would you do if you keep them in both, field and stable, would you still bathe him as little as possible? Thanks! X
     

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