One day about a month ago at my friend's ranch I found out how relaxing it is to groom a horse and since then I've bought my own grooming tools and have been asking my friends if they want me to groom their horses. They always say yes! I'm am loving this new hobby I've found.
Well, the other day I groomed two horses. But I tell ya, I was disappointed with how they looked when I finished. These are outside pasture horses. All of them that I work on are. Some are working horses so they're not used to being prettified, but I want them to be pretty when I'm done.
This one horse, Dunbar, I just couldn't get all the dust off of him. I read here of people who say they'd better not have a speck of dust on their horse or they'll be in trouble. I'd have been in big trouble the way Dunbar looked when I finished. Am I not currying long enough? Or not briskly enough? It just seemed the dust would not stop coming out of his coat.
And the legs. The legs still looked dirty. I have a regular curry comb and a soft curry comb, but I was disappointed because the soft one seemed to do nothing at all as far as cleaning. Ineffective.
What I felt like doing was taking a damp cloth to his whole body and wiping him down, but he's not a car! But could I do that? I haven't read that anyone wipes down their horse. Lol.
Thank you for any advice on how to give my horses a finished look. I would like the owners to say, "Wow, my horse looks beautiful" when I'm finished. That's my goal. It was a lot of work on Dunbar and he just looked okay when I was done.
I'm picking out their hooves too. Yay me! Their owners appreciated it greatly so I see that it's important. Sometimes I'm afraid to do the back hooves though. Some horses are very good and some, not so good.
Thank you so much,