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    02-28-2012, 01:29 PM
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Foal
grooming tips for a new lease horse?

I just started my first lease on an old qh mare. She has not been groomed in a LOONG time and is very dusty and dirty. A regular grroming wont work. I live in AZ so baths are not a problem. Any tips for some hardcore cleaning are welcomed!
     
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    02-28-2012, 01:49 PM
  #2
Trained
If she's RREEEEAAAALLLLYYY dirty, here is my advice. You're going to need to get her wet and use soap and water and elbow grease. After using a rubber curry run a horse near her to see if she has any fear issues. If she's okay with it, wash the legs first. Temperatures can fluxuate this time of year and you could shock her with cold water on her torso. If she has problems with a hose, you could use a bucket full of water and and small bucket to get her wet. Any good horse shampoo will do. Many of us are given Mane n Tail by people who discover it's too greasy for human hair--that works well, too.
Rinse her well and resoap, if necessary. I use soap and water and a plastic dandy brush to clean off saddle/tack marks after workouts in the summer.
If she's dirty to YOU, but just has normal horse dirt, the bath isn't necessary.
Btw, I had a gelding who would move and step on the hose when you were bathing him. It was his civilzed way of saying, "No bath today, please."
     
    02-28-2012, 02:00 PM
  #3
mls
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Originally Posted by happy123    
I just started my first lease on an old qh mare. She has not been groomed in a LOONG time and is very dusty and dirty. A regular grroming wont work. I live in AZ so baths are not a problem. Any tips for some hardcore cleaning are welcomed!
A regular grooming will work. It just won't be a five minute job.

Since it's been a while, her coat oils need to be brushed out to help dispel the dust better. Hard brush and then a soft body brush.

Lots of elbow grease.
     
    02-28-2012, 02:19 PM
  #4
Foal
Lol. Well I've already given her a bath on the first day I met her (with the owners supervision) but yeah she is really dirty. Its like the dust is in her, there is no end to it haha. I groomed her reallly well yesterday dry and it just kept coming. I'm going to scrub her up the next.warm day we have. And sorry about the title I'm on my kindle.
     
    02-28-2012, 02:45 PM
  #5
Showing
If you have a shop vac it does a nice job. Just hold her leadshank, don't tie her and she likely won't mind the shop vac. It's the noise, not the suction that can be troublesome.
     
    02-28-2012, 03:20 PM
  #6
Showing
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Originally Posted by happy123    
Lol. Well I've already given her a bath on the first day I met her (with the owners supervision) but yeah she is really dirty. Its like the dust is in her, there is no end to it haha. I groomed her reallly well yesterday dry and it just kept coming. I'm going to scrub her up the next.warm day we have. And sorry about the title I'm on my kindle.
Buy some Cowboy magic or Lasersheen (my favourite!) and spritz some on your horse, leave to sit for 5 minutes, and scrub with that curry and whack it clean afterwards (on your leg, on a post, on the wall) so that you aren't putting the dust and dirt back into the horse.

After you curry, then use a body brush (I like to use a stiffer one first, then a softer one) and brush that dirt off, then clean the dandy brush with a metal curry or the rubber curry. Brush more dirt, clean the brush, brush more, clean the brush. The cleaner the brush is going onto the horse, the more dirt stays OFF of the horse, and the quicker you get them clean.

Once you do that, I like to take a very soft face brush or a terrycloth rag (favourite!) and finish off just stroking the horse nose to tail, picking up any last debris.

Trust me.. I have a 89% white, rest is chestnut horse. Any dirt is visible.. and I am the queen of scrubbing clean haha.

For the mane, I like to spray conditioner/detangler (Lasersheen doubles as a detangler too!) and let it sit, then I spray some on the hair brush I'm working with. Start at the bottom, get all of the knots out, and slowly start moving up.

Same deal with the tail. For the forelock (the bangs in the front) you never spray the hair.. you spray the hair brush ONLY and do the same thing (start from the bottom move to the top.)

My horse personally loves his face being scrubbed (yes.. scrubbed lol!) but some don't.. so it's good to use a very soft curry and try to get out as much as you can, then use the face brush to flick the dirt off, finish off with a terry cloth.

Hooves.. I like to brush mud off of the outside. Sometimes I even run the hose and soak his hooves then they'll be dry by the time e get to the arena. I don't put any sort of dressing on his hooves but I do a thrush-preventative after picking his hooves and brushing excess dirt away from the frog.

I always wash my curry after I use it, and I rinse out my brushes once a week.
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    02-28-2012, 05:28 PM
  #7
Foal
One of my tricks for a dusty horse is to take a body brush (a softer synthetic brush works best here, I find), a spray bottle filled with water, and a clean metal curry. Don't spray your horse with anything or get her wet before you groom, the dust will stick to the water that is on your horse and won't leave. Instead, use the water bottle and spray your brush with it. Don't soak it, one or two sprays will do. The dust will then stick to your brush and come right off your horse. Between every stroke of the brush, get the dirt off of the brush with the metal curry so you don't put it back on your horse and re-spray the brush. This also keeps the dust you are brushing off your horse from falling back onto it! When you are finished, then spray your horse with a nice coat conditioner. I prefer Farnam's Vetrolin coat conditioner. It's cheaper than most sprays, provides a nice shine without getting slippery, has no silicone or bad things that you shouldn't leave in a horse's hair, has a nice subtle minty smell to it and keeps your horse clean.
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    02-28-2012, 07:33 PM
  #8
Foal
Thanks guys, I'll definataly be using some of these!

Any more tips appreciated :3
     

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