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post #1 of 39 Old 05-28-2010, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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Grooming Routines

Hi! 1. What's your routine? 2. How often do you groom? 3. On average how long does it take you? 4. Are there any special brushes or sprays you prefer? Thanks!

1. I do his hooves, then the basic body brushing, legs, mane and tail, face, and wipe down eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and dock.
2. I try to groom every day, but I can't say I always can.
3. It usually takes me around 30 minutes......mines a mini.
4. I love a spray I got's keeps their hair manageable and tangle-free, protects from the elements, and keeps them from fading. It has worked very well for's called "Vetrolin Shine" from Farnam.
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post #2 of 39 Old 05-28-2010, 10:25 AM
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I curry, then brush, her body and face (she LOVES having her face brushed so I try to do that every time). Then I do her hooves. I generally leave her tail alone because I'm trying to get it to grow out and the more one brushes the tail, the more hairs break. If I had a ton of detangler it'd be different but I only use Cowboy Magic on her tail and that stuff is spendy! Haha

I groom when I go out there. I go out there about 4 or 5 times a week so I groom her about 4 or 5 times a week. Haha

It takes me about 15 minutes. That's actually slow for me. I work at a camp where you need to get 12 horses groomed (and tacked up) in 30 minutes or less basically everyday, so by the end of the summer I can thoroughly groom/tack up in about 5 minutes or less. O.o

I love love love Cowboy Magic's detangler. I love how it conditions the hair really nicely as well as making it super easy to work with. I've tried other detanglers and none of them have done nearly as good of a job or conditioned her hair as well as Cowboy Magic.
I also love QuicSilver shampoo since I have a white horse. That stuff gets her dang sparkling!

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post #3 of 39 Old 05-28-2010, 10:30 AM
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For my grooming routine, I start out with my jelly scrubber curry. I use the harder side for the neck, body, and upper legs. I flip it and use the finer bristles on the head and lower legs. I then use a soft dandy and round metal curry to remove the dirt and loose hair. Next, I pick out the feet in no particular order. Lastly, I brush out the mane and tail.

I keep a box of baby wipes for crusty eyes or dusty faces--they work really well for most anything. I keep a small tub of Cornoa ointment to put on scabs/bare skin to help the hair to grow back. I do not know what I would do without my jelly scrubber. If I could only have one grooming tool, that would probably be the one that I would choose.

I try to groom every day as well. But with 3 horses, and the fact that it takes me 20-45 minutes per horse (depending on how dirty they are), it isn't always practical. On days that I ride, the only horse that gets groomed is the one I's hard to find all of that time!
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I start with a great curry I it, but I can't remember who makes it. It's the kind with the massage-y, big "spikes." It's kind of stiff so I don't use it on her belly, legs or face. Then medium brush on her body, soft brush all over, wipe down with a fleece towel. The pick out feet, apply hooflex. Then comb her mane and sometimes her tail. Then clean eyes and dock. I've used Vetrolin shine, too, and I liked it. I actually bought it because it has a sunscreen in it, but it worked well as a coat conditioner/shiner too.

I don't groom nearly as much as I should...only a few times a week at best. But she always looks like she's had a sheet on all day, so I guess it's not doing her much harm! :p Oh, and it takes about 15-30 minutes, maybe longer, depending on how thorough I am.
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post #5 of 39 Old 05-28-2010, 08:23 PM
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Wow, ya'll make me feel neglectful LOL.

1: I will usually only have time to do a quick curry and brush on the body where the saddle goes. However, if I have some time to kill, I will usually curry/brush the whole body. I don't really mess with the mane or tail unless I notice a knot or mat getting started. I also don't mess with the face much unless there is a particularly nasty spot or if they have something that is making them uncomfortable, then I will usually just use my hand to work it off.

2: I usually only groom before a ride, right now it is such a mucky mess that grooming and then turning them back out would be a tremendous waste of time I don't have.

3: If I take my time, I can be tacked up and ready to go in about 15 minutes but if I have to rush, I can be riding in 5.

4: Nothing really special except my metal curry comb. That thing is worth it's weight in gold.
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love grooming the boys . I usually groom daily
daily its quick one

jelly curry comb its really soft and more like a massager neck & body, or if they are muddy i'll use the normal crry comb first, then the dandy brush every where except face, brush main & tail and finally feet. Finally fella gets itch treatment.

before i ride they get a more though version including the above and face, with body brush and i;ll check if bridle path needs trim etc.

I love the closeness i feel when i am grooming.
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I'm with Smrobs on this one :P

1. In any order - hoof picking, brushing the body with body brush, using the curry or grooma for any mud or grime that won't go, a little brush over the face with the softer brush, and then mane and tail.
2. I groom before I ride. I haven't been riding much lately so it's only been about once a week if even. Hoping to get out multiple times a week though soon. Stupid Kansas weather.
3. Usually about 5-10 mins. It takes another 30 if I bag and braid the tails. 4. I swear by the shedding blade during the "woolly mammoth" months. Grooma works great for mud and those times too. And for my mare with her long beautiful mane and tail we use show sheen detangler. When I bag the tails, I use Vetrolin Leave In Conditioner and MTG.

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post #8 of 39 Old 05-29-2010, 03:17 AM
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1. Slick 'N' Easy (if they need it), curry, horsehair brush, mane (tail if necessary or once a week), clean hooves
2. For the mare I'm working right now, every day or two
3. 5 minutes or less if I'm in a hurry, 30 minutes if I'm being thorough
4. I like the curries with the big teeth for shedding and massage, the small teeth for doing legs and faces, a soft horsehair brush for flicking dust and creating shine, MTG for all kinds of things, Cowboy Magic Detangler and Shine, Healthy Haircare Hair Moisturizer, QuicScreen, EQ Solutions Body Wash for horses that get rinsed a lot. (I don't use all of these products every day or on every horse. Some only get used every now and then.)

Okay, just reminded myself that I need to order some more Hair Moisturizer, LOL.

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I always start with a full curying even past shedding season to get up all the dust.
Then ni use a hard body brush her all over including her face.
I then brush her mane and flatten her tail(i tend not to actually brush her tail unless there is an obvous reason to)
Quick hoof pick and i go. I then do it again after i ride so she stays super clean and shiny.

Usually takes me 10minutes both times as i ride her twice a day 6days a week.

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post #10 of 39 Old 05-29-2010, 05:06 AM
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Curry, Body Brush, Mane and Tail Run Through, Feet. Takes me about 15 - 10 minutes. I do this twice a day but on weekends I do his legs nicely, his mane and tail really well and make him all prettyful.

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