Always. If I'm in a bit of a hurry, I do a quick one before and a quick one after, but I never skip one or the other. I try to spend more time on it though. My horse likes it, she gets a nice little massage and stretches after work. I also make sure her feet are clean. Plus, it gives us time to bond after a hard ride. =]
I always groom after a ride, if rena is a really good when we ride then it is nice to give her a little bit of a massage. But if we have a negative ride then it is a really nice time for us to re-bond, and chill out so we are friends again (haha she's a mare, she WILL hold grudges if I don't make it up to her, after all it IS ALWAYS my fault, lol that's what she would say) haha btu I find its always nice, and after the ride I like to check to make sure she isnt hurt anywhere :P
I always groom 30 minutes to an hour before I ride, also clean hooves. I ride for however long and then wash and groom afterwards. I mainly do it afterwards as a reward. They LOVE grooming so after a ride I just reward them with grooming them, also it just gives me some alone time with them and it is soothing for me as much as it is for them. The only thing is after I ride I only groom about 10-20 minutes and then clean hooves again before turnout.
Yeah, I always do.
You really get to know your horse inside out and can tell if there's a small lump that wasn't there before, or a rip or tore muscle that you might not otherwise see. As mentioned, too, cleaning out their hooves is important.
It's great for both horse and rider as bonding time. One of my favourite "chores" with the horses. :)
I groom before I ride too and after, even if I don't groom the whole body which I only do if I don't ride her, I always do her hooves not to mention I love cleaning hooves I don't know why lol.
In the summer I take a damp/barely dripping town and rub her down, especially if she's real sweaty. I don't really brush her tail too much I want it to grow a little bit since the previous owner's horse ate half of it! I just throw some cowboy magic in it and run my fingers through it. Works Great
I have ALWAYS thoroughly groomed my horses after a ride, or even after ground work; to me it's the best way to tell if there are any sore spots, and it quarentees that all sweaty spots are thoroughly 'removed' if you will. I will hose down\shampoo as necessary. You can do it while they are eating their grain. I always allow for adequate cool\dry off time, well before I reach the paddock, so when I get there, I can focus on grooming, and making sure the horse is 'okay' after the ride.