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    09-11-2010, 01:22 PM
  #11
Green Broke
I brush mine off while they are still sweaty because it seems like they dry less "crusty" that way. Then I normally check feet (because we have lots of rocks) and put them away. They will still have sweat marks, but not as bad that way. Then I usually don't groom again until the next ride.
     
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    09-11-2010, 02:03 PM
  #12
Weanling
I like to groom before and after I ride. Before to make sure that everything is ok, and to remove as much dirt as possible from the saddle area, and where her boots are on her, I also clean her feet out. I use my hands a lot to make sure there is no heat anywhere. I groom after the horse has cooled off and dry. To remove sweat marks, and again check for heat anywhere. At the place where I lease, I do not currently have running water, so I can't rinse her off after I ride, but I wish I could. We're currently trying to figure out how to get some water supply out there for that purpose. She has a pond to drink out of, so it's not a huge concern right now.
     
    09-11-2010, 02:06 PM
  #13
Started
I'm like painted. I always groom after too to check for cuts or bruises.
     
    09-11-2010, 02:25 PM
  #14
Foal
I brush after because the guys who look after the horses in the place where I ride don't care much usually so sometimes I'll get there and the horse will still have a saddle mark from 2 days prior.
     
    09-11-2010, 02:47 PM
  #15
Foal
It depends on how nasty Khanner is. I normally groom his before I ride & then if he is sweaty I curry the sweat to help it dry, if we didn't work hard I I un-tack & let his canter off with his buddies.
     
    09-11-2010, 02:53 PM
  #16
Yearling
No way. They just go roll in the dirt right away, anyways. I'll horse her down and get rid of some of the water with a sweat scraper if them temps are right... that's it.
     
    09-11-2010, 03:04 PM
  #17
Super Moderator
During the summer when it's relatively hot out, I generally rinse Lacey off after every ride. This summer, at least, she spent so much time with a saddle on that she was always kinda sweaty at the end of the day and she would basically ask to be rinsed off (as I'd lead her past the hose to her pasture, she'd often just stop by the hose and not really want to keep going). She would then just go roll in the dirt. However, she's one of those horses that can turn themselves black with dirt when they're wet and when you come back 2 hours later be completely clean again.

During the winter, I groom her completely before I ride (curry, brush, pick hooves etc) and then I just brush after the ride. Her winter coat gets so long that putting the saddle on and taking it off often makes weird situations in her fur and then I feel like a jerk putting her blanket on over that. She doesn't generally get sweaty in the winter though, if she did, I'm not sure how I would handle that...
     
    09-11-2010, 05:18 PM
  #18
Weanling
At the least I groom with a hard brush after riding until he's dry.. (If mine's dry, he WONT roll) If I could I'd rinse him off after every ride- its like 100 degrees here, and it only strips oils if you use soap.

Some days I'll sponge him, curry him, brush him, brush him some more, do his mane, put medicine on his hooves, do MTG.. do shine spray..Lol

I lovvvve grooming him, and he likes it too. If use a shine spray that repels dirt they stay sooo clean for the next time you ride.
But I don't think whether or not you groom after you ride has any medical effects on the horse unless you get them wet and then send them out into very cold temperatures!

Grooming=bonding time! :)
     
    09-12-2010, 08:52 AM
  #19
Weanling
I've been wanting to reply to this forum for quite some time but I just can't find how to call one thing in english =/

Alright, here it is... Where I come from in Central Europe (I'm not Slovene, I only live here) it's a "tradition" to *insert the english word here* the horse. That means after every ride you take a clump of straw (or hay if you don't have straw) and massage the whole body thoroughly from the neck to the tail with it just like you'd do with a curry comb. It sucks up all the sweat and gives the horse a nice massage (it breaks adhesion in muscles which is important especially after heavy workout). Is there a word for this procedure in english at all?

Now I (and I believe most people) don't do this after EVERY ride as most of the time my horse is not that sweaty he'd need such a procedure to be done but in the especially hot days and after very intensive workouts I find it to be the only way to effectively dry the horse up (quickly). And the horses just love it

On the other hand when it's TOO hot (around 100F which is not that uncommon in the summer here) I just hose him down and scrape the water off with a sweat scraper and let him go roll on the grass (which he absolutely loves to do). It won't make him dirty and he'll still be happy. I did this approx. Three times this summer after long trail rides but as there's no shampoo involved I wouldn't be afraid to do it much more often.

When my horse is completely dry and I don't need to go through any get-rid-of-the-sweat procedures I always clean him thoroughly, I just love doing it and he loves being massaged like that too. Cleaning and checking hooves before and after every ride is a sure thing I don't think I've ever failed to do. But then again I have plenty of time to spend with my horse
     
    09-12-2010, 09:10 AM
  #20
Started
Not a winter rider so in the warmer months horses are hosed after each and every ride. Start with their legs though. We always do this with no problem, the horses stay cleaner and have less sun fade as the salt in the sweat causes horses to fade also.
     

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