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    10-22-2009, 10:30 PM
How much time do you spend grooming?

I've been to dozens of barns and seen those where the horse is prepared for the rider, so all they do is walk in and hop on. Then there are barns where the horse, regardless of if its yours or not must not have a speck of dirt or dust on it.

Personally, I spend between 30min to an hour grooming both before and after riding. Not only do I bond with the horse but it gives me a chance to really feel the horse and find any bumps, cuts, sores, etc. It's also quite relaxing for both horse and rider.

How much time do you spend grooming?
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    10-22-2009, 10:35 PM
Hours... Haha I love to groom my horses. I, to feel it's very relaxing for both me and the horses. I also like to really check my horses over and make sure there is no problems :)
    10-22-2009, 10:40 PM
I really got into the habit of grooming for a long time at my coach's barn. I ride one of her home bred oldenburg/tb cross mares and if she sees a speck of dust or a bit of hay on the horse, she'll chew me out.

Still, it's one of those things people don't seem to believe is important anymore. :( Sad.
    10-22-2009, 11:56 PM
I can do a speed groom and tack in about 10 minutes.
However, in general, I spend 15-30 minutes grooming my horse before riding. I enjoy taking my time and getting her perfectly clean. I absolutely love grooming and seeing the finished "product."
    10-23-2009, 12:17 AM
Depends. Usually 20 - 30 mins, but NOTHING beats a good hour or two grooming from head to toe ;)
    10-23-2009, 12:29 AM
If they're really dirty and I'm going to ride, I do a quick groom about 15 minutes... otherwise I usually just brush the area where the saddle and girth go...

When I really wanna take my time and just brush and relax and bond with my horses, my grooming can take anywhere from an hour to most of the day, depending on how I feel.

I can do a full body speed groom in about five to seven minutes when I have to...
    10-23-2009, 01:09 AM
Due to the lack of sunlight lately I can't spend as much time grooming as I'd like. Duchess LOVES grooming time! I usually spend around 20-30min grooming her before and after her ride though.
    10-23-2009, 01:16 AM
On average I spend 25-35 minutes grooming before I ride....I can speed groom in 15 though.
    10-23-2009, 01:24 AM
If I'm in a hurry, I might just lightly brush over him, but I think the longest I've spent (when not even showing) was about four or five hours. Really. Just for fun.
Usually when I ride, it takes about 30 minutes before and 15 after.
    10-23-2009, 01:28 AM
I usually hate grooming.
On a normal day it'd take no more than 5 mins, however my horse is usually pretty clean anyway.

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