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    09-13-2010, 01:45 PM
Mine usually get hosed off after every ride. And if they don't get hosed... they get a good brushing. It a lot of the time depends on how many horses im riding. Since I train and work full time. There are times im riding six horses from 4:30pm till 9 at night. Then usually they only get brushed. But my personal horses get a bath once a week. And I do keep them clipped. Whiskers, the whiskers by there eyes (not the lashes), bridle path, under the chin and ears. I don't like hairy horses.
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    09-13-2010, 03:40 PM
If it's very hot and Scout's really sweaty, he'll get a hosing and the excess water scraped away. Otherwise he gets a quick brushing to get the sweat off.

I've read that an in-depth grooming is most beneficial post-workout, because the pores are open and sweat has helped to being that skin-deep layer of nasty closer to the surface to be brushed away. For the same reason, mane pulling tends to go easier after a ride.

Also read that foamy sweat is a result of dirty pores, and a horse who hasn't sweated much recently. More frequent sweating, less crud in the pores to make foam. Whether that's true or not, I don't know, but I thought it was interesting.
    09-13-2010, 05:39 PM
Cowgirl, I'm with you there...I showed ALOT when I was growing up, so clipping was pretty vital if you wanted to do well; I still like a "clean" horse. Never had a horse who runs into things or bumps into things just because he didn't have his whiskers either.
    09-15-2010, 12:31 PM
Originally Posted by mom2pride    
Cowgirl, I'm with you there...I showed ALOT when I was growing up, so clipping was pretty vital if you wanted to do well; I still like a "clean" horse. Never had a horse who runs into things or bumps into things just because he didn't have his whiskers either.
I don't show any anything that matters if they are clipped. But my mom used to show halter. So I've been raised around clean clipped horses. If they start getting scruffy... out come the clippers. Lol
    09-15-2010, 01:27 PM
Originally Posted by africanstardust    
I looked it up both on the 'net and on the forums and got conflicting views...people at the stable I ride don't agree. So, I'm just curious; do you groom right after riding and the horse is super sweaty? And why? If you don't, what are your reasons for this?

Also, I know some people bathe/hose off their horses after riding, and some do a curry/brush thing again...what do you think is best, and why?

Thanks! :)
I think it's extremely important for proper horse care. A lot can happen between you mounting, riding and finally dismounting, that you SHOULD always groom after riding even more so if your horse got a really sweaty work out.
If you don't give him/her a quick groom on those sweety spots, it will dry with the dirt and sweet and become crusty. Give them a good brush when wet and when it dries up.
    09-15-2010, 01:40 PM
I always keep my horses fully trimmed jaw,whiskers,fetlock,ears,bridle path and evened up eye lashes it just looks beeter if you don't have time to spruce them up good a trimmed horse always looks better
    09-15-2010, 10:17 PM
I always soft brush the legs just to make sure there aren't any ticks hanging on. Already been through Lyme disease once.

I sponge sweaty areas. I'm not big on bathing since too much water can really mess up hooves. I always brush the body in an attempt to give his muscles a little post ride massage.

Post ride grooming is not any attempt at cleanliness for me since he's just going to roll when he goes back out anyway.
    09-16-2010, 01:09 AM
I believe that it is good because its like a little message for the horses and I think that they like it. But I don't believe that it is always necessary...

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