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        06-01-2010, 12:52 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    I groom every other day, which is how often I go to the barn. Sometimes i'll skip a routine, but I usually regret it because Sunny acts like a re-re if I wait too long in between groomings. Haha. It usually takes me around 30 minutes if I take my time. First, I get off any caked-on mud with the jelly scrubber. Then I go over the whole body with a hard brush, then medium brush, the rub her body with a rag and use a soft brush on her face, which she loves. After that I pick her feet, then spray her mane and tail with detangler, and comb it out, sometimes braid. I swear by ethnic hair products to get out tangles and make manes and tails silky. They work wonders and are very cheap.
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        06-01-2010, 01:08 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    Every day except Monday, when the barn is closed. I start with a regular rubber curry all over his neck & body, then soft curry his legs, belly and face. I do the same with a hard brush, then soft brush. Detangler in his mane and tail, pick out his feet, and a few times a week use hoof moisturizer. I also occassionally spray him with Eqyss Avacado Mist conditioner. I probably spend at least 45 mins - 1 hour every day, including tacking up.
         
        06-01-2010, 02:00 PM
      #23
    Trained
    1. What's your routine?
    "Daily routine" - I brush their entire body (minus face) with a medium body brush and then a light brush all over including the face. Pick hooves and apply bug spray if needed.

    "Long routine" - Jelly curry all over, medium body brush, light (dust flicker) all over, pick hooves, and finger through the mane. Apply bug spray.

    2. How often do you groom?

    The daily grooming is just about everyday for both. The long grooming happens probably 2-3x a week for Soda as he really likes to roll in the mud and I ride him. Flame gets a long session about 1x a week just to spend some time with her. She can't be ridden anymore and this is her last summer, so I'm making sure she feels the love.

    3. On average how long does it take you?

    Daily grooming takes like 10 mins for 2 horses, I basically do it just to bond a little and check them both over. The long grooming takes about 20-45 mins depending on how in depth I'm getting and how dirty they are.

    4. Are there any special brushes or sprays you prefer?

    Cowboy Magic Detangler and the jelly curry thingy.
         
        07-11-2010, 05:03 AM
      #24
    Foal
    I give my loan horse a quick flick over before I ride, he's in the field.

    1.Pick hooves,rubber curry all over, body brush all over-neck to hoof, depends what his mane + tail are like,then il quickly go through them.

    2.I groom him every time before I ride so.... 3 times a week.

    3. Takes about 10 minutes- he's 17.2 and im only 5ft 2".

    4. Nothing really special.
         
        07-11-2010, 07:25 AM
      #25
    Weanling
    Sometimes I find a whole hour has passed when I'm grooming Candy, I tend to give her a thorough groom after rides, and just a quick curry comb before rides, unless she's muddy =] I love No-Nots for detangler and conditoner for the mane and tail. &, I SWEAR by PLASTIC Curry Combs!! I've had a rubber one once, hated it - the handles always come off on them I find.. Plastic is best, gets all the dirt of and gives them a good old scratch =]
         
        07-16-2010, 10:41 AM
      #26
    Yearling
    1. Pick Hooves, apply Fiebrig's hoof polish
    2. Curry entire body
    3. Brush entire body to get dirt and hair off
    4. Brush mane
    5. Spray with fly spray (I use ultrasheild EX fly spray ultra) LOVE IT. Smells great and works great but a little expensive
    I rinse every time I ride and bathe once a week with mane n tail, plus horse sheen spray to get knots out of mane and tail.

    I groom about 4-5 x's a week, every time I'm at the barn. It takes me about 15-30 minutes. I always have everything prepared right at my finger tips so that I can't groom and ride before dark
         
        07-16-2010, 08:47 PM
      #27
    Foal
    1. What's your routine?
    "Daily routine" - Before and after each ride.
    Dandy brush all over.
    Body brush all over.
    Pick feet.

    "Long routine" - A few times a week.
    Curry all over.
    Dandy brush all over in flicking motions to remove dirt surfaced by curry.
    Body brush all over.
    Apply detangler to mane and forelock and gently comb out.
    Use face brush on face.
    Clean eyes and nostrils.
    Pick out feet.
    Dampen towel and apply Olive Oil Hair Strengthener. Run it gently through tail.
    Gently comb out tail.
    Apply leave in conditioner.

    2. How often do you groom?
    The daily routine is done before and after each ride. The long routine is done a few times a week.

    3. On average how long does it take you?
    Daily grooming takes like 10mins. The long grooming takes about 20-40mins depending on how dirty they are.

    4. Are there any special brushes or sprays you prefer?
    I don't use many tack shop products on my horses (except for shows). I like Cowboy Magic and MTG. I also love those wash gloves that you put on when washing your horse. They really get out all the dirt in their coats.
         
        07-16-2010, 09:50 PM
      #28
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    1. What's your routine? Jelly scrubber, hard brush, soft brush, face brush, mane and tail brush, hoof pick
    2. How often do you groom? Everytime I go to see him(which is 4-7 times a week)
    3. On average how long does it take you? 30 mins or so but I'm slow
    4. Are there any special brushes or sprays you prefer? My Jelly Scrubber! I'd be dead without it(or I'd just have a really dirty horse!). I swear by it. I use it daily for brushing, the harder side is good for his whole body and the softer side is good for his legs and underbelly and when I give him baths it works really good. I also swear by Healthy Hair Care Mane and Tail Conditioner. =D
         
        07-16-2010, 09:57 PM
      #29
    Weanling
    It depends the other day I groomed for two hours because my friends friends horse rolled so I groomed him till he was spotless haha, but usually I start with curry comb on one side then use a hard brush on the same side then curry the other side and hard brush that side I usually repeat that then I pick the hoofs, I also usually like to brush the tail inbetween
         
        07-17-2010, 08:00 AM
      #30
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    1. What's your routine? I start with either a rubber curry or a shedding blade, depending on the season, over muscular areas, then a stiff brush over everything but the face. I have 2 progressively finer-bristled brushes that I use next if I'm going for shine. Mane, forelock, and tail are next, brush and detangle if necessary, then the face with an uber-soft little brush. If there's goop on his face, I use a damp washcloth. Hoof-picking is last. I work from the top down, that way dirt doesn't fall on to just-cleaned horse.

    2. How often do you groom? I at least brush off the dirt and crumbs and pick hooves daily. A full on grooming takes place 3-ish times per week.

    3. On average how long does it take you?
    I can have my guy clean and ready to ride in about 15-20 minutes if I don't get carried away making him purdy. I can have him looking bath-clean and detailed without the bath in about an hour and a half.

    4. Are there any special brushes or sprays you prefer? I like Oster's brushes with the ergonomic design to them. I don't have many (can't afford too many ), but the tools I have are really nice. Wish the hoof pick had a brush, though... . Vetrolin Shine is good stuff, and I like Mane 'n Tail Hoofmaker as well.
         

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