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post #11 of 39 Old 05-29-2010, 05:16 AM
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I'm with Smrobs - You guys make me feel neglectful :]

I generally only run a body brush over the saddle area, unless they are actually dirty, then quickly over the body. In summer I don't pick feet as there is never anything there - I can fell when I get on if they have a stone and they have never gotten one on dry ground. I pick out in winter.

I can be saddled in about 3 minutes but normally I take about 15.

I hog manes so nothing to brush and I don't touch tails unless they have been washed and conditioned.

I only do a full groom if i'm going to a show - The day before I wash, condition, groom and clean rugs.

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post #12 of 39 Old 05-29-2010, 06:48 AM
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Yeesh, I feel neglectful too.

Ricky is lucky if he gets groomed once a week. He's left out to be a horse (with his blanket on of course). However, I do pick out his feet daily and if he's got dry mud on his legs or body, I'll brush that off.

He really only gets a good groom if he's got a show etc. I never touch tails if they haven't been washed and conditioned.

Is that bad that he doesn't get a groom? He's only been backed and mouthed recently and is just having fun being a horse?
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post #13 of 39 Old 05-31-2010, 04:32 AM
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since getting my mares (it's only been 3 or 4 weeks now) I've go to the barn once a day. We (my daughter and I) ready their stalls (muck, fresh water,grain) then we go to the field to bring them in. After they eat their grain we get them out and bring them to the cross ties (one at a time). We start with the curry brush, then hard brush, then smooth. We also do the mane and tail. We use Mane & Tail on the tail, the manes are short so we don't have to use anything there. We use fly spray, as needed, baby wipes as needed and hooves too, in no particular order. We are both working on a mare at the same time, and are pretty effiecient but we are taking extra time with each of them to get them used to us working with them. The previous owner has been by the barn and said they looked better than they ever did with her. haha It takes us about an hour to do them both, that includes feeding, mucking, leading them from the field and taking them back to the field. I also feed treats to Wille, he's a twenty year old goat at the barn, and Zorro a mini donkey while I am there. They aren't mine but the barn owners. We have become quite attached to all the critters at the barn.
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post #14 of 39 Old 05-31-2010, 12:10 PM
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- In general, I at least brush thoroughly (with the stiff and body) before tacking up or doing anything else with them, and give a once-over afterward. I do not like putting my horse away with noticeable sweat or dirt stains after a workout. Care it taken to brush the top layer of dirt away from the coat. I only still curry my mare as she is a slow shedding sort.

It usually takes me around 10 minutes...sometimes accomplish this once-over before and after. I also pick feet before and after a workout. Too many rocks around here not to. If there are boogies and eye gooey stuff, those are wiped away with a damp towel. I also occasionally gently clean between the mare's hind legs. Some days when I'm feeling industrious I'll put leave-in conditioner in manes and tails.

I also like just going out there and brushing them down as they eat or whatever. My gelding came to me not too used to a lot of attention and this consistent grooming has really helped him not be a pain to treat for medical stuff, etc.. I make sure to brush ALL over to get him used to contact in the places he'd rather not want me to touch.

I like's relaxing and they seem to enjoy it, and it lets me notice any bumps or scrapes I might not have otherwise seen (like Lilly's heel bulb injury. I'd have never seen it if I don't pick feet as often as I do).
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post #15 of 39 Old 05-31-2010, 02:20 PM
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1. What's your routine?
- I like to groom before and after riding :) When I come up not to ride, I like to groom her before putting her in the stable. I often let her roll into the arena as well though, just to go ahead and groom her again! (Yes I LOVE grooming!!)

2. How often do you groom?
As much as I can! When I am there, at least once!

3. On average how long does it take you?
About 20 minutes if I do it thoroughly

4. Are there any special brushes or sprays you prefer?
Beasty brushes, just for the fancy colors haha

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post #16 of 39 Old 05-31-2010, 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by smrobs View Post
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.
SAME! Haha, I try to find time to pick hooves, but I don't always.
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post #17 of 39 Old 05-31-2010, 09:02 PM
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I usually only pick out the feet if there is a big ball packed in there that is impeding how they walk. Anything else usually falls out within the first 100 yards I ride anyway. LOL.

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post #18 of 39 Old 05-31-2010, 09:31 PM
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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!

Wow, I feel kinda neglectful, too...

My main brushing routine is relatively short... I don't do long brushings very often anymore.

1. First, I use a stiff-bristle dandy brush and do the entire body save for the face (unless there's mud on my horses faces). Afterwards, I pick their hooves out. After that, I use a very soft horse-hair shoe-polish brush to go back over them (it adds shine, lol). I don't brush the mane or tail often aside from gentle finger-brushing (I use a comb on the mane and tail about once every few months).

2. I generally groom about once a week.

3. It usually takes anywhere from ten minutes to thirty minutes, depending on how dirty my horses are.

4. My favorite brush ever is a simple, stiff-bristled dandy brush. I also love hoof-picks with the brush on one end. I also like Showsheen, but don't use it often at all.

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post #19 of 39 Old 05-31-2010, 09:49 PM
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I think my routine takes me about 15 min or so unless I am in a hurry and skip a few steps. I groom before and after each ride.

1) I get ALL the mud off with a spring curry....this is rare as he usually doesn't have mud on him.

2)massage/curry with my Grooma rubber curry/massager. I do a section, then brush it with a stiff mud brush. For the "after ride" groom I use the Grooma to help massage fly spray down to the skin, I found it works better this way.

3) brush legs with stiff mud brush

4) go over whole body head to tell with "flick" brush

5) go over whole body with slicker brush to bring out that shine

6) main and tail combing


BTW I'm a very vain neat freak where it comes to my horses....can you tell???
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post #20 of 39 Old 06-01-2010, 12:25 PM
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Step by step?

1) If muddy, I take the metal curry comb and take off all the mud I can. The metal pulls it off really well and Annie actually leans into it because she likes the scratching it gives her, haha :)

2) I take a firm body brush and get as much dust off as I can, I flick it in small fast strokes down his coat and it build up in a section, which makes it easier to sweep away.

3) I use a face brush to shine the coat and obviously brush the face.

4) I move on to the mane and tail. I brush out the mane and generally will braid them up overnight if I'm showing the next day. Otherwise I just spray it down with some show sheen.

5) Hooves. I pick them all out and apply a seal on them to prevent cracks or anything like that. I've been using it for two years and have never had a problem with anything since.

If I'm showing I do a lot more, but that's the basic thing. I groom before and after a ride, which is gnerally enough to keep them clean because I ride all the horses daily, and even if I skip a day or two its no big deal because they're already groomed. That's why they invented sheets and stalls

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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