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    10-23-2009, 02:49 AM
I usually give my horse a quick 15-20 minute groom before I ride, then after I cool him out and spend at least an hour and a half with him, just checking every part of him, making sure everything is nice and clean..

I usually give him a massage too, that takes a little longer but he loves it so I don't mind :) I love grooming my horse though, just because he is always so interested in what I'm doing so I feel like we have a good conversation :)

Yes .. I talk to my horse like its a human .. Almost all the time .. I'm very vocal with him, I like when he knows my voice
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    10-23-2009, 03:10 AM
Completely depends on how dirty he is and how much time I have. On the weekends he gets the full spa treatment 1+ hours. During the week I usually do a speed job to get riding, but lately it's been very muddy so the fastest I can get a saddle on him is 15 minutes. Of course when he starts that lip going and moaning and groaning, I can't resist giving him a little extra attention. Absolutely the cutest thing ever!
    10-23-2009, 07:51 AM
Green Broke
Im getting my first horse soon hopefully next week some time :), the 1st thing im going to do is give him a good groom. I think it is important for bonding
    10-23-2009, 08:12 AM
My boy Ricky, is still getting used to the grooming thing as he's still a baby, so I spend about 30 minutes to an hour, just brushing etc. Sometimes I barely get him clean, its just getting him used to it.
    10-23-2009, 08:28 AM
A long time, lol. I take pride in how the horse that I'm riding looks, just because I think that when you ride in a lesson (or clinic or show) you are showing respect for the instructor (or clinician or judge). My instructor takes the time to come early and help us out a bit if we need it, and takes the time to give us a lesson early in the morning. The least I can do is look presentable.
And I just love the look of a clean, groomed horse :). I'm kind of a grooming addict, lol. I'll have been at the barn for a good half-hour before anyone else in my lesson comes to get ready :).
    10-23-2009, 09:58 AM
During the week [& when im actually allowed to ride] I usually don't groom that long bc I am so busy ! I hate it I have to rush around if I want to ride bc I don't like to feel hurried when im in the saddle.

During the weekend though I will give gypsy a lot of grooming, but not scout usually bc he hates it ! His happiest days are when I put his bridle on in his stall & take him out & just jump on. Last night I took him out & just groomed, he looked like he wanted to kill me & didnt want to go back into his stall !
    10-23-2009, 10:37 AM
A lot of nights I go over just to groom, no riding. I can easily spend two hours!! He's a big boy and it takes extra time to get his feathers clean, but I was raised in the same envoironment where after grooming, there had better not be a spot of dirt anywhere on your horse! My first instructor used to look over all the horses at the beginning of our lessons, and if you missed a spot, she would definitely tell you about it!
    10-23-2009, 10:48 AM
Green Broke
I usually spend about 15 minutes before I tack up, and get on. But if I am just riding bareback, then I give candy a good brush, because I don't have to waist time tacking up. So I have more time to brush well. She loves every minute of it too!
    10-23-2009, 11:21 AM
I love grooming. I could spend hours in the wash rack grooming. But as a total usually about 3 hours on some days....ends up being about thirty minutes a horse....It is longer when I am bathing them all.
    10-23-2009, 12:09 PM
O my, I'm not the only one who's noticed how some people think they are Queen of England (in other words, too good for it) when it comes to grooming? HA. Yeah I've seen at that one barn I mentioned before where the stable hand prepares the horse and then the person hops on and that's all she wrote. And then they wonder why their horse bites them when they touch them otherwise.

Grooming time is important to me and my horses. That's how we start a good ride and end one. I feel disconnected from my horse if I can't groom them and bond with them beforehand/after. Glad to see someone yet again agrees

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