It depends on the horse and how dirty they are. I spend more time before than I do after. I do a total grooming before, because I don't want saddle sores, after I just pick out the hooves, check for injuries and hose if necessary.
I am pretty busy, and with little daylight I must move quickly. Trooper takes the longest because everytime I use the face brush(bc it is his absolute FAVORITE), and I always comb his mane (a friend told me about how she had to chop off all her horses mane bc it had horrible knots!)
I also believe that you should groom your own horsee because you really connect/get to know them, and you know there mood. (just bc I feel like jumping doesn't mean the horse does-- they have bad days too!) And its really fun!
I love grooming.....As for time spent, it depends how the dirty the horses are. When they're already spotless, I'll just run a soft brush over them to calm em...I have the softest brush lol. Sundance, Arthur, Lulu, and Steel Soldier almost fall asleep when I use it on them! XD. But if they're all covered in mud and that.....it sometimes takes a few hours. But I totally agree with you on the bonding thing:)
Depends on the horse. I have a 6 year old who loves it and needs a lot of "quiet time" before doing anything. So he gets groomed for at least 30 minutes to an hour.
My 2 year old seems to get a worse attitude the more time I spend grooming him (can't stand still that long), so I don't groom him every time we work. When I do groom him, it's only after we've worked or if I go out specifically to groom and nothing else.
On weekends I will just go to the barn and have quite time with my horse, sometimes its hours grooming and sometimes its bareback in the arena, I findthose two things really make our bond grow. And give us a nice break from dressage
It really depends, for me. Of course, for show season, I do a whoooooole big, long grooming session! Bathing, mane & tail conditioner, polish, etc. However, for lessons, I sometimes do a quick groom, or even a 20min one.
Usually, a 15-20min one. I pick the hooves, comb the mane, tail, & forelock, brush the face/body, etc. :) Plus, if Daytona rolls, the more I'll have to clean! :P
I normally used to spend around an hour on Haruko.
Volcan get's bored easily since he's young so he only get's half an hour max unless he's with his stable toys lol.
He's stood still long enough for me to do one plait before though, making progress ^-^
For me, it depends on how much time I get to spend with my horse. If I only have an hour to ride, I groom as fast as possible. Rainy usually doesn't get very dirty, so I really don't see a point in doing long grooming sessions that will eat up my riding time. Before shows, I usually end up taking an hour and a half to bathe, clip and brush. I'm very lucky to have a bay horse- the horse my friend shows is a champagne (a creamish white color). That + a tendency to roll= two hours of scrubbing with green-spot remover just to reach a somewhat off white color. :P But yes, grooming doesn't form a big bond for me, especially since Rainy doesn't like her hooves being picked out- I think the longer I take grooming, the crosser she gets.