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post #11 of 17 Old 10-23-2009, 11:25 PM
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Sometimes Ice's hooves get a little packed in as well and it takes me FOREVER to get stuff out (this doesn't make him happy--he's used to professional grooms who can do it in like two seconds, lol) but as long as you know the relative anatomy of the hoof, i.e. where the frog is, you should be able to be a little rough on some spots and maybe make a hole for yourself. I usually start in the little pockets on each side of the frog near the heel, where dirt usually is the deepest and try to dig stuff out from there and work out to the toe.

I don't use a damp cloth, but I do use these
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Since Ice doesn't like me brushing his face, and he also has some tear problems, theyre perfect. they do smell a little bit, but they make him shiny and smooth. You can use them just about anywhere on a horse too!
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post #12 of 17 Old 10-23-2009, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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My best guess is that because she's a ranch horse outside on this ginormous ranch virtually all the time, her hooves are hard and healthy from exposure. I think maybe people on the horse forums call this 'barefoot.'

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post #13 of 17 Old 10-24-2009, 01:41 AM
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Stuff does tend to get packed into the hooves; it can be a pain to get it out. Justsambam had it right - as long as you know the basic anatomy of the hoof, and where the frog lies, you can use the pick to dig out the deeper portions of the hoof and move to shallower ones from there. Most horses don't need any sort of treatment on their hooves - and honestly, if you're putting something on there, it's a messy, smelly mess, most of the time (hoof polish somewhat excepted). I had one colt I worked with who needed a hoof treatment every few days, and it always seemed to take forever to get the smell out of my nose (I'm not a fan...can you tell? LOL).

If you're working with the horses while they're loose though, I don't blame you a bit for not messing with their feet much - I don't. It's really not safe to do.
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post #14 of 17 Old 10-24-2009, 02:47 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Justsambam and FoxTrottrGrl.

I will take your advice.

And FoxTrottrGrl, you have a PM from me.


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post #15 of 17 Old 10-24-2009, 10:24 AM
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Sounds like you're doing great already! I used ride a white horse and the brown dirt/poop stains on his legs were the worst. Go to a tack shop or search on line for some horse coat whitener or stain remover for horses. I used a solution of quiksilver and water in a spray bottle. It's a shampoo, but you are using so little in the bottle that you don't need to rinse it out with any more water. Just spray the stuff on and rub it around with a towel. =)

Also when you're grooming, don't forget the mane and tail! Brush out dirt and pick out pieces of hay or leaves or anything.

And you know what they say: If you're good at something, never do it for free! Although I doubt many people will pay for grooming just on a regular basis, but you could master other skills like braiding manes and tails or special pre-show bath and grooming and people who show frequently may find that you do a better or faster job than them, and might pay you for it. XD

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I also LOVE to groom, I think I have every brush out there.I have two of everything that way I use both arms, one after the other. I work from the stiffest brush (I'm not good with the technical terms of horse brushes, I'm always looking for texture on the brush not the name) I have a round relatively hard rubber brush (I also have one that's little more pliable and softer that I use for the head and and legs. Then I use less firm brushes. After going through this with about 4 different variences of firmness of brushes I buff the horse with the softest brush I have and they usually shine, and useing a micofiber cloth would work perfect too (you can find these in the cleaning supplies) especially for the ears and nose (if the horse will let you do this.
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post #17 of 17 Old 10-24-2009, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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Hello Equuestriaan. I haven't forgotten the mane and tail! I especially like working on the tails. I have long hair myself, down to my thighs, so I luuuurve to see a beautiful flowing tail. I'm waiting to see how different horse tails are. I've read some debate about how much brushing a tail should get. Some think even no brushing at all except for showing. I should think it depends upon the horse, its genetics and how you work on it. Patience, a gentle hand, and being willing to invest the time to pull the tangles out without pulling out the hair or breaking it is key, I think.

I'll look for some whitener. I realize as I'm writing this it's the white legs that I can't get looking nice. The brown or black ones, no problem.

At this point I'm not good enough to be paid, but I feel like I get so much pleasure from it that that is payment in itself. I'd like to try doing some of that fancy netting style on manes that I've seen. That's a good idea.

Alicia - I totally obsessed over buying my tools. lol. The one thing I think I would like to have is a medium brush. I have my dandy and I have a large goat hair brush (a rubber curry comb too, of course). I want a brush with firmness between the dandy and the goat hair, but where we live selection is sparse and I have to order things online. That's a drag because you have to go by written product descriptions instead of feeling them. I was fit to be tied because one horse put his ears back when he sniffed my EXPENSIVE goat hair brush! I was bummed. And a bunch of reviewers said it was a great brush. Why I oughta. Rawr!

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