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    10-23-2009, 02:59 PM
Hi. I'm new with grooming question.

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,
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    10-23-2009, 03:27 PM
Its okay to take a damp cloth and wipe them down, they aren't cars true, but it should help the dustiness somewhat :)

It is great you are grooming horses like this for people!

    10-23-2009, 03:45 PM
The problem with horses (especially at this time of year, when they've got winter coats) is that the dirt will really get down into the coats. You can brush and brush, you'll never get it all out. The only way to do that is to give them a really good bath. And people who expect to see no dirt on their horses are either (a) totally unrealistic and probably expect their horses to jump 6' walls and run 40 mph or (b) about to enter a show ring. Horses will have dirt.

As AppyLover said, you can take a damp cloth to them. Not a problem at all.

I'm thinking by curry comb you mean brush - so you have a stiffer body brush (also known as a dandy brush) and a soft one. The soft ones are generally pretty ineffective and only good for the face. Stiffer ones are used for the rest of the body and are a lot more effective. I would suggest you buy a rubber curry comb (Rubber Curry Comb - Horse.com shows what they look like). You use the rubber curry first to get rid of mud and to loosen the dirt (don't use it in stroking motions, use it in circular motions), and I'd recommend you'd go over the legs with it (gently!). Then you use the brush. Don't expect perfection though - the only way to get a horse perfectly clean is with a bath (I'm speaking from experience as a professional groom here).
    10-23-2009, 04:13 PM
Thank you Appy and Fox. I will use a damp cloth.

I have a rubber curry comb exactly like the one in the photo at horse.com. I do go in circular motions, yes. I thought it was not good to use it below the knees, but I'll go ahead and try it gently. I have a dandy brush too.

The other, softer curry brush is like this Soft Rubber Face Curry from SmartPak Equine and it's the one that didn't do much for the legs.

I will not expect perfection. I think the damp cloth might help a lot. I sure wish I could have a class with you, FoxTrottrGrl. In my dreams!

Thanks for the help. I appreciate it. I'm going to go groom a horse named Tiger today.
    10-23-2009, 04:33 PM
Good luck! :)

    10-23-2009, 05:05 PM
Haha...you just made my day! I want to go into equestrian education. My dream is to change the way people are taught and give everyone a really firm background - in my opinion, people who are well-rounded and know something about lots of things (and can go on from there to specialize in something if they want) make the best horsemen.

Well, since you have currycombs, I would suggest that you buy a stiff brush. If I could have only two items in my grooming kit, it would be a stiff brush and a hoofpick.
    10-23-2009, 05:22 PM
Sometimes it's nearly impossible to get the horse perfectly clean. OMy absolute favourite tools are:

These things get loose hair, dirt and dust and work wonders. I use the coarse one on the legs as well (gently) and it effectively removes all caked on dirt and dust. Go over with a stiff brush then add finishing touches with a soft brush which gives the horse a nice look. For the super dusty horses, I use a shedding blade in combination with a hard brush.

But yeah... there are times when they won't look clean. It just takes a few grooming sessions.
    10-23-2009, 05:47 PM
Something to wipe them down with is this pink stuff called Hair Moisturizer. You mix it water in a spray bottle and then spray it onto their coat and them wipe with a cloth. It gives them a wonderful shine and conditions their coat and mane and tail too.
    10-24-2009, 12:12 AM
Ladies, thank you for the tips.

I have a basic grooming set with a hoof pick, rubber curry, dandy brush, soft goat hair brush, mane and tail brush.

I used a damp cloth today and it worked well! Woohoo! I'm always taking a cloth with me from now on.

If I may, I have a couple more questions. . . .

1) Should I be using anything on the hooves? A once a week treatment? If so, what.

2) Are a shedding blade and a metal curry comb (the round ones with long teeth on one side and longer teeth on the other) two different tools that do the same job?

3) What do you think of me getting a hay net so they can nibble hay while I groom them?

Today the horse hooves I looked at were so hard I couldn't pick anything out of them. They were like petrified. I didn't look at the back ones, but I bet they were the same. What do you think about that? Is there anything I should do - a once a week treatment? Or are they best left alone.

I did one and a half horses today. Lol. It's one and a half because one horse loved being groomed and the other walked away. I couldn't find a harness for them, so I figured the one that walked away didn't want to be groomed anymore. I'm new and was shy to follow him. I'll have harnesses for them next time.

Double thanks!
    10-24-2009, 12:17 AM
Hmm..i'm not sure exactly what you mean about how the hoof was hard, maybe someone else can help with that..


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