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        08-22-2011, 10:43 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    I was in the state competition for good grooming last fall. We were told to..
    1)Curry
    2) Stiff bristle brush
    3)medium brush
    4)Soft bristle
    5)pick hooves
    6)brush mane and tail
    7) damp cloth to get dust that may till be in the coat.
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        08-22-2011, 12:33 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    When I worked at a racing barn, I learned to groom a horse at lightning speed – 10 minutes, including mane, tail and hooves. I always curried first, especially in the places where the tack would be. After their work out, I’d spend extra time hosing them down, drying them and grooming. On days when we worked 20+ horses, we’d spend about 30 minutes grooming each horse after. On days when we exercised less, we groomed for longer.
         
        08-22-2011, 01:10 PM
      #13
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by usandpets    
    Wow Drafty, only 10 minutes to do all that? We spend at least a half hour on each horse when grooming. We are also checking them over for injuries at the same time though. Again they don't mind because they have hay to munch on or we've given them their feed (beet pulp and sweet feed).
    That's when we're getting ready to do anything (go riding or go work in the round pen). Our BO is about getting it done in as little time as possible because the horse will get bored (no hay or munchies while they're standing tied at the hitching rail...the hitching rail is supposed to represent where we get ready for work)...especially my two-year-old. I check him for any obvious injuries as I'm grooming him, as well. After we get done working or riding, I take longer to groom him because then it's relaxing time.

    Also, it could take me less time because Aires is not a particularly "dirty" horse. Yes, he'll roll, but only if it's dry. I think I've had to scrape mud off him once and it was only on his neck (still not sure how he managed that).
         
        08-22-2011, 04:58 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    I was always told the metal curry's are for the brushes. Plastic or rubber curry's are definitely for the body.

    I always do:
    Curry
    Stiff brush
    Soft brush on the legs and face
    Brush out mane
    Pick hooves
         
        08-22-2011, 07:12 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Good Luck!!! I loved being a groom at barns, it was always my favorite job!!!

    The only advice I can give you is get into it!!!! I was taught, the more you "get into it" the cleaner, shinier, and better your horse will look! Also, groom, and get into all those places that people might not check at first...(ex. Inside of hind legs, ect, ect)

    Good Luck!!!!
         
        08-22-2011, 07:22 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Yeah, that's not true....but for efficiency on the job, curry and soft brush at the same time. It's tricky to get used to but, it saves a ton of time. Curry in your right hand on right side of horse, soft brush in left and as you curry your way down, go over with the soft brush.
         
        08-22-2011, 07:24 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Also be sure to double check about brushing/combing manes and tails. If the manes are pulled and short, I doubt owners will mind, but if the horse is a breed such as Friesian, Andalusian, Arabian etc with a long mane/tail, always check first before brushing those areas. Some people will freak out. I ride many horses with long manes and tails and I NEVER brush them except very rarely after a bath, detangler, and dried. The more they get brushed, the more damaged they are.
         
        08-22-2011, 07:30 PM
      #18
    Foal
    I've vaguely heard that the metal curry comb is only for the other brushes, but I admit that I have used it as an intense de-shedder on a few minis, and I have used it to scrape off mud a few times on my horses, but only when I had no hope with anything else. Here's what I do;
    1.Rubber or plastic curry
    2.Brush out mane and tail (the shavings, etc. will land on the neck or legs and need to be brushed off, which is why I do the mane and tail 1st)
    3.Soft brush all over body. I've realized that on most horses, this gets rid of the dirt and hair that has been brought up by the curry a lot easier than a bristle brush.
    4.Pick out hooves
    5.Apply fly spray, linament, etc.
    Of course this is only before I exercise. I am a lot more thorough after working, and of course I take about 3 hours to groom before a show.
         
        08-22-2011, 08:31 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    Here's what I was taught:

    * Curry comb (rubber one)
    * Stiff brush (use flicking motion with wrist, removes surface dirt better)
    * Finger comb out mane, tail, and forelock or use a plastic comb.
    * Body brush
    * Body cloth
    * Face cloth (moist, cool water, wipe eyes "gently", nose and lips, ears last)
    * Pick out hooves

    This takes me about 30 minutes or more, I look for injuries, spend some quality time with her (i.e cookie/apple fest and lots of wither & belly rubs) I was always told NOT to rush through a grooming, it's relaxing for both horse and rider, and it's easier to see any booboos they might have I.e soreness, scrapes, abrasions, lumps etc. Hope that helped
         
        08-22-2011, 08:32 PM
      #20
    Foal
    Same here... i've never heard of not being able to use a curry comb on a horse. I was always taught to curry comb, use a hard bristle brush, and then a soft bristle brush when grooming a horse
         

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