Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
I am a groom as needed person. In the winter, I groom off what is needed and do feet before a ride. I have all of my horses tails up, so it is just a quick brush over to remove debris and check for ouchies. There are about 5 minute sessions. I also groom at least every other day when they have to have a blanket on.
In the summer, I groom before riding, often hose off after a ride, and spend a lot of time clipping, conditioning, bathing, banding, braiding, polishing, trimming, blanketing and slinkying. :)
Occasionally, I pull them out not to ride, but to groom - I think they really enjoy this time. I also have my new lesson students spend a good part of their lessons learning how to groom, and taking their time to do it.