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post #91 of 98 Old 01-27-2010, 06:23 PM
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Me and my best friend Chloe are notorious around our barn for spending a looong time in the cross ties and brushing our horses till its like, nighttime lol.

I find that it is such a wonderful time to bond with my boy after or before a ride; last winter I wouldn't really have had to brush him since there was like five feet of snow.. its been really rainy and gross this winter so its been a job keeping him really clean. He also has thrush so I make sure his feet have been picked out before and after I ride, cleaned and whatever else I need to do. Like so many other people have said, its a great way to find sores or bumps that you might not otherwise see...
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post #92 of 98 Old 02-01-2010, 04:02 PM
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I groom my horse before and after I ride. I especially like to make sure there is nothing in her hooves afterwards since I ride on the road. You never know what could end up in there.
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post #93 of 98 Old 02-01-2010, 04:08 PM
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I always groom before and after a ride too. My gelding in particular seems to know he's mostly white and likes to get gross. Their winter coats are so fluffy they sometimes get cockleburrs in their coats as well as the manes and tails so I have to be pretty thorough. We ride with boots so the feet get picked too.
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post #94 of 98 Old 02-03-2010, 10:18 PM
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i dont accualy own a horse (hopefuly getting one next year) but at all of my lessons we groom before and after we ride.
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post #95 of 98 Old 02-03-2010, 10:55 PM
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Always before and after I ride...and everyday in between. If it's hot out, I hose them off. If it's cold, I walk them out, brush them before they go in their stall, feed, then brush out again just to be sure I have gotten all of the salty sweat out. I hate the way the hair bunches up. With the snow and mud here, I haven't ridden in a couple of weeks, so I groom her after I get done with all the other barn chores. It's great bonding time.
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post #96 of 98 Old 02-04-2010, 12:00 AM
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I usually groom before and after. If they are sweaty I walk them around in the cooler for awhile. After they are all cool I usually use a dandy brush to brush her and pick the hooves out. Picking the hooves is always something I do before and after riding.

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post #97 of 98 Old 02-04-2010, 12:53 AM
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Grooming a horse is like therapy for me. I could groom horses all day.

I always groom thoroughly before a ride. I go over them with one of those super soft currycombs, then a light brush with a body brush, and pick out their feet. Unless they're sweaty, in which case, when it's warm enough I just hose them down, get the excess water off with a sweat scraper, and then turn them out to dry in the sun. If I can't turn them out, I rub them with a towel and walk them until they're dry, because apparently, to horses, being wet + having new fluffy white shavings in their stall calls for a roll. In the winter, if they're sweaty, I throw a fleece cooler over them when I'm cooling them out, and leave it on until I have removed all their tack, and completely dried them.
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post #98 of 98 Old 02-04-2010, 12:55 AM
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Oh, I meant to say that AFTER the ride I go over them with the super soft curry comb, etc.
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