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        07-22-2010, 01:35 PM
      #31
    Foal
    1. What's your routine?
    Normal:
    *Brush them down with a bristle brush all over (I think that's what it's called?)
    *spray with fly spray
    *comb or brush thier mane and tail
    *check feet
    Bath:
    *spray them down all over (literally)
    *use a scrub brush and either human bodywash or dish soap all over them and ghet rid of all the dirt
    *rinse them competely
    *use human shampoo on thier man
    *rinse
    *use human shampoo on thier tail
    *rinse
    *use human conditioner on their mane (use A LOT so that thier mane/tail doesn't tangle)
    *rinse
    *use human conditioner on thier tail
    *spray them down again and make sure there are no soap bubbles
    2. How often do you groom?
    Normal: before riding so every couple days
    Bath: every couple months
    3. On average how long does it take you?
    Normal: 5 minutes if not less
    Bath: a couple of hours
    4. Are there any special brushes or sprays you prefer?
    Juust a scrub brush and a bristle brush
         
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        07-22-2010, 11:00 PM
      #32
    Foal
    Um I'm usualy out at the ranch like 5-6times a week, so each of those day's I'll be grooming-but I have to groom like 6 different horses, so they don't all get groomed every time. The one horse who does get groomed every time is Shawnee, and she is veryyyy clean haha.

    For her I use the shedding brush for a once-over, then go over with a thicker brush to get excess hair off, and then the third brush which picks up little dust particles. After that I brush out her mane and tail. The tail I braid the top half, which I rebraid every two days. (I'll include a pic!) I always clean out her hooves too. Her back two take longer because she is still sensitive aout her backside (mustang). I do a full bathe once a week.

    Sounds like a lot but it's actually pretty fast if I do it regularly (because then she keeps fairly clean all the time). The longest parts of grooming ar usually feet and tail, just cause her feet get sooo dirty so easy and her tail I have to re-braid.

    Oh! And for detangler, Mane and Tail spray detangler works wonders! I spray it on, let it sit for a sec, and can get any horse's tail detangled and manageable :)
         
        07-22-2010, 11:15 PM
      #33
    Foal
    Oops forgot the picture!
         
        07-22-2010, 11:43 PM
      #34
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by justinebee    
    oops forgot the picture!

    How do you braid her tail like this? Is it a normal braid?
         
        07-23-2010, 12:03 AM
      #35
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by luvmyperch    
    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.

    Oh My gosh, I LOVE That Avacado Mist! It smells amazing! I don't use it, but a boarder at my barn does, and you can smell when she has been there! :)


    1) Well, I curry to get all the dirt off, then run a hard brush over his body and legs. I use a soft brush after for added shine and do his face with a face brush. I usually pick feet then do his mane and tail after.

    2) I try to groom every time I go to the barn which is usually only three, MAYBE four times a week since it's kind of far away.

    3)Usually takes me about 10 minutes. Today it only took me about 2 because I picked feet and dusted off his back and rode bareback.

    4) As I said earlier, I LOVE the Avacado Mist. I also probably couldn't Live without my EZ-all Shine and Detangler. I like it better than Cowboy Magic and it's cheaper!
         
        07-23-2010, 03:30 AM
      #36
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by helovesus    
    how do you braid her tail like this? Is it a normal braid?
    It's like a french braid. What I do is I start at the top with the three groups of hair (like a regular braid), and do the folding over once. Then when you go to fold it in again, you take in another chunk of hair with it. You keep adding another chunk of hair everytime you fold until the braid is as far down as you want it, then you just braid the rest of the way without adding new strands. It's hard to explain haha! I hope that helps! But I found it in a native american book and taught myself how to do it, it's pretty simple after you get it the 1st time :)
         
        07-29-2010, 08:21 PM
      #37
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by justinebee    
    It's like a french braid. What I do is I start at the top with the three groups of hair (like a regular braid), and do the folding over once. Then when you go to fold it in again, you take in another chunk of hair with it. You keep adding another chunk of hair everytime you fold until the braid is as far down as you want it, then you just braid the rest of the way without adding new strands. It's hard to explain haha! I hope that helps! But I found it in a native american book and taught myself how to do it, it's pretty simple after you get it the 1st time :)
    that'd be nice to use as kind of a tail keeper
         
        09-27-2010, 11:00 AM
      #38
    Foal
    I groom my paint horse daily. Takes me about 30-45 minutes.

    1.) Curry him all over.
    2.) Brush him down with a stiff body brush.
    3.) Brush him down with the soft body brush.
    4.) Brush out his mane with a mane brush and use the soft body brush to brush out the roots and on the neck to get rid of the loose dirt that came out.
    5.) Use a face brush to brush his face and then take a washcloth to clean eyes and nose.
    6.) Apply MTG to his tail and brush out (the next day I come back out to brush and braid... just too slippery for rubberbands to stay in for 3-4 days) (Also he has a pulled mane so I do not use the MTG on his mane)
    7.) Pick out hooves and apply hoof oil
    8.) Apply conditioner to whole body, rub into coat with your hands.
    9.) Apply fly spray to whole body, rub into coat with your hands.
         
        09-30-2010, 10:05 AM
      #39
    Foal
    I love to groom my guys and found that chemicals, sprays and lots of baths don't do the trick, just lead to sticky build up over time (dust magnet, yikes). I now use all natural brushes, no more scratchy synthetic ones and my guys shine like never before. There is a pretty good article on basic natural grooming techniques on this horse wellness blog. The case for elbow grease vs. Cowboy Magic: grooming for shine in 4 steps Horse Wellness Blog
         

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