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post #21 of 58 Old 09-12-2010, 09:10 AM
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If its a hot day and your horse is sweaty after a good work out try to give them a quick groom even if its just a brush where they were sweaty.

If you are going to bathe your horse i would only do this in summer although i have never washed my horse because he hates water! He will be getting a bathe this summer when its warmer though.
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post #22 of 58 Old 09-12-2010, 10:15 AM
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I was a licensed groom in Temecula, California for 2 years. The reasons for grooming after a ride/workout are many.
1. Grooming after a ride is important because it sooths the horse and gets the blood circulating through the back/ cinch area that was cut off while under saddle.
Its also a way of saying "Thanks" to your partner through grooming.
2. I DO NOT use cold water on a hot horse! Think how you would feel if someone washed cold water on you after a 10 mile run. Its not good for their muscles as they will CONTRACT and not allow the much need blood flow to do its job. I use temped water from a bucket that has been sitting out and sponge my mare down that way. I also add a little bit of vinegar to help cut the grim and it leaves her coat soft and shiny.
3. I then scrape of the excess water let her dry a bit while I put my tack away and finish grooming her before I let her back in the paddock to ROLL! LoL..
Grooming is such a great way to bond with your horse. They love it and it gives you a chance to look her/him over for scrathes or lumps that you might need to treat or just keep an eye on. Most of all have fun making your horse look show ring ready. Your horse will appreciate it!
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post #23 of 58 Old 09-12-2010, 12:45 PM
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I groom before and after riding...before, to remove dirt that could rub and give them a once-over, check feet etc.. After because I feel it helps relax them, doesn't matter if they later choose to roll or not.

It's been hot lately so I will rinse their backs/girth area after a workout and then walk them mostly dry before they're put up, after scraping. The water gets the sweat and rubbed-in grime out of their coats and is sure to feel good. They only get an actual bath with shampoo once a year, generally late spring/early summer.

One of my pet peeves is seeing horses turned out or in their stalls with sweat marks from their pads and girths still apparent. Yuck...and it seems a little discourteous to the horse.

I love the act of grooming, though. When they are living at home I will likely groom most days, regardless of whether or not I am riding.

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post #24 of 58 Old 09-12-2010, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by mumiinek View Post
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?
I don't know the word you're thinking of for it, but I know what you are talking about. It was more common over here in the days of the old west when grooming equipment wasn't so common or affordable. I have always just heard it as 'rubbing them down' after a workout.
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post #25 of 58 Old 09-12-2010, 01:05 PM
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Always. I NEVER leave a horse ungroomed. How would you feel if someone left irritating salt all over your skin and you can't get it off? It would suck. In the summer, the horses get sprayed down after every ride, no matter what. So what if they roll? They're horses! In the winter, depending on how sweaty they get, they'll either get curried and groomed or sponged off and a cooler is put on. Grooming is a way to catch a change in your horse quickly. It's how I've found injuries or heat that would have gone unnoticed for days if I hadn't groomed before I rode.

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I groom when it's cold - try to loosen up those sweat marks on her. When it's warm I wash her with the warm water.
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post #27 of 58 Old 09-12-2010, 04:25 PM
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`The word is whisp them down well thats what it is over here

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post #28 of 58 Old 09-12-2010, 04:40 PM
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I always give my mare a brush off after I ride with a soft brush, especially under where her saddle cloth sits. Fortunately she doesnt get too sweaty so I don't usually have to wash her after, but I usually use a sponge (she hates the hose!) if I have to. Funny seeing how everyone has their own ways and reasons behind them.
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post #29 of 58 Old 09-12-2010, 06:17 PM
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I always groom after for a few reasons.
First, to get some of the sweat off. On a hot day I might hose him down, too.
Second, to look for cuts and bruises, as mentioned before, but also to look for sore/sensitive spots and sweat wear patterns (one of the signs of a poorly fitting saddle is uneven sweat spots).
Third, he enjoys it. I want him to like being with me, so I always go over his entire body, give a few extra scratches in his favorite spots, make him realize that I'm about more than just work.
Fourth, I enjoy it. I like spending time with him, and what better excuse than just grooming.
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post #30 of 58 Old 09-12-2010, 06:32 PM
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Originally Posted by MaggiStar View Post
`The word is whisp them down well thats what it is over here
Oh yes, I just googled "wisping a horse" and that's definitelly the word! I also found it can be called "strapping" too though I wouldn't use that word myself. THANKS!

Originally Posted by smrobs View Post
I don't know the word you're thinking of for it, but I know what you are talking about. It was more common over here in the days of the old west when grooming equipment wasn't so common or affordable. I have always just heard it as 'rubbing them down' after a workout.
It definitelly is an old thing, that's why I called it a "tradition", it comes from the days when people didn't have many means to care for the horses (as you said) but they needed to be properly groomed, dried up, massaged and ready for the next day because they were doing hard work on the fields or in the forests. In those days people couldn't afford caring for an ill or injured horse, let alone buying a new one so they paid huge attention to their wellbeing. Even today many people realise they knew very well what they were doing back then so it's a very common grooming method, there isn't a cheaper and more effective way to groom a horse to my knowledge. It's funny to see what everything people buy today for their horses - 3 pink curry combs (a rubber one, a plastic one and a metal one), a blue and green hoof pick (cause it must go with the saddlepad), 5 kinds of brushes (each of different softness while you could only really tell the difference between the softest and the roughest), one sponge specially for the muzzle, one specially for the eyes oh and all those sprays and conditioners that don't work at all but who cares if they make your horse smell of baby powder - while all it takes is a good handful of straw and your horse is as good as new Ok, there are many inventions that are very useful and we probably wouldn't be able to do without them nowadays but you know what I mean

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