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post #11 of 26 Old 04-23-2011, 04:10 PM
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I normally give them a quick 15 minute brush focusing on hooves, back and saddle area if I'm about to ride and if I don't have much time.

But I really love to spend about an hour on them at least once a week where I can really get them clean, that really helps to destress me as well as get out their winter coats.

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post #12 of 26 Old 04-23-2011, 04:20 PM
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Depends. If we're just going on a casual ride, usually about 2-3 minutes on High Five and around 5-10 on Molly Jo. If we're going to a show though, I'll spend about an hour on each horse. lol.

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post #13 of 26 Old 04-23-2011, 04:30 PM
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About two minutes. I pick out hooves and brush away dirt from the saddle and girth area. That's it!

Every once in a while, I do a long grooming -- about 20 minutes. That's usually when I really just want to relax.
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post #14 of 26 Old 04-23-2011, 06:06 PM
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if they aren't super dirty (i.e have had rugs on and haven't been in the dam) then about five minutes. just doing saddle and girth areas and a quick once over everywhere and hooves. Or if i'm going to a comp it takes me about two hours from when i catch her to when i let her go, all plaited and rugged
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post #15 of 26 Old 04-23-2011, 06:16 PM
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I spend abotu 15 min if I am just going to go for a ride and they are not too dirty. But about once a week I will do 1-2 hours just because I like the relaxing quality time.
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post #16 of 26 Old 04-23-2011, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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i love grooming a horse when im pissed off!! it makes both of us feel good :)

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post #17 of 26 Old 04-24-2011, 12:15 AM
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Hmm sense my horse is blanketed to keep his winter coat down, his tail is in a braid and he has a roached mane, I don't brush him. And always gets hosed down and tied to dry after a ride. So no brushing then either. If anything I just brush his belly where the blanket doesn't cover to make sure there is nothing for the girth/cinch to irritate. That takes a whole 30 seconds. Lol

But I always pick hooves, though that wasn't really brushing.

When Jake was pasture kept though I used to spend HOURS brushing every inch of him typically before I rode, and I brushed the sweat markings out after.
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post #18 of 26 Old 04-24-2011, 07:32 AM
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If I have a lesson or something and I'm in a rush I can do like 2 minutes- pick hooves, and go over the saddle area with a hard brush.

If I have less of a time constraint then I will probably do a good 15 minute brush- hooves, curry, hard brush. Possibly shedding blade or soft brush or doing his mane and tail.

After I ride (assuming I'm not short on time) or if I'm just there to brush, I generally spend a good half hour to an hour.

So basically, anywhere from 2 minutes to and hour+.
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post #19 of 26 Old 04-24-2011, 08:45 AM
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If you have watched the grooms at the race track you will realized that the horse is actually getting a good massage as well. The grooms there will start with the rubber curry, which does the massaging. This is followed by a stiff brush in a flicking motion. Then the flat body brush and finally a wipe with a towel, always a white one. It showed how good a job you'd done.
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post #20 of 26 Old 04-24-2011, 09:05 AM
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I could spend all day grooming Sienna

Since I'm older, and of course the weather has been lousy for so long, sometimes I just don't care if I ride. She's ALWAYS dirty, I don't care of there's 2 feet of snow. I do the basics first, curry, use a shedder right now before, then a soft brush for her face then the rest of her, comb out her wild mane and tail, and ALWAYS pick her feet. She's always been barefooted and does really well with it, but I like to keep an eye on her feet all the same. After all that, because it's just the way I do things, then I like to get her massage brush out and do her withers or this one spot on her side. She bobs her head and twists her lips and would be purring if she was a cat. I don't know how much is enough or how long it should take, I just enjoy it and she seems to, though not so much her mane and tail. She's good about letting me comb them all out, but if she's been shaking her head etc. she has tangles and she gets bored because it doesn't particularly feel good. I usually seldom bother after a ride, she hardly ever gets worked so hard she sweats, and she rolls after I brush her anyway.
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