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post #11 of 20 Old 10-05-2008, 08:47 PM
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Wow, you guys are all so nice to your horses! I feel like a meanie now. I usually don't do anything! Is that terrible? I get back from the ride and let her graze for a while with me. If it's been a long ride, I will loosen the girth a bit at a time before taking the saddle off. I never brush after a ride. I will check her legs and feet, but then off she goes to the paddock. If she is hot and sweaty, I will cool her down, but that's pretty rare. If it's that hot, it's usually too hot for me so we don't go out until it cools down outside.
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post #12 of 20 Old 10-06-2008, 04:07 AM
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I'm the same as everyone else usually...
I tend to just brush the areas where gear sat, especially the saddle/girth area... and do their hooves... in summer if they've sweated, I hose off and remove the excess water.

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post #13 of 20 Old 10-06-2008, 09:19 AM
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When I put my horse away I have him in a condition that if someone wanted to see him he I could pull him out and not be embarrassed.
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post #14 of 20 Old 10-06-2008, 10:26 AM
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I pick feet, give a quick brush down, and put on a little extra fly spray if needed. If the horse is sweaty, I'll either hose or sponge them down, or if it's too cold, I'll rough up the hair with a brush and then brush it back down when it's dry.

If they have been thrushy, I'll spray the bottom of their feet down with 7% iodine spray 2-3 times a week until it clears up.
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post #15 of 20 Old 10-06-2008, 10:56 AM
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Don't feel too bad Northermama, I only sponge her off during the really hot days of summer when the sun is really pounding down. Otherwise its check the feet give her a rub and off she goes to roll in the dirt.

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post #16 of 20 Old 10-06-2008, 11:41 AM
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I hose off (if it is hot), sweat blade, use a soft brush after he drys and then comb his mane and tail.
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post #17 of 20 Old 10-06-2008, 09:17 PM
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Hoof picking off course. Make sure to brush out sweat marks, or sponge them, depending on the season. I always brush the bridle marks off of his face. I don't do a full grooming or redo his mane and tail--I mostly just make sure that all this hair is fluffed out or straight or whatever--no sticky patches. I also go over every inch of him visually, and look carefully at his legs to make sure there are no injuries.
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post #18 of 20 Old 10-24-2008, 09:21 AM
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It depends on the condition your horse is in, if he is hot and sweaty, then those areas should be washed and dried to prevent sores occuring and him being uncomfortable. If it is a cold day make sure he dosent get cold after you have washed him down by putting on a sweat sheet and a cooler or rug over the top of that until he's dry.

If he isnt sweaty, then you can just brush the area where his tack has been to make him a bit more comfortable. If he lives outside without a rug, remember that using a body brush will remove the protective oils in his coat and would leave him without protection in cold, wet or bad weather.

Always pick out his feet when he comes back from a ride to make sure there are no stones or anything stuck in there which could make him alme, and whilst doing this you can also check for any injuries in his feet or on his legs.

Also remember not to allow them to drink or eat immediatley after riding and allow them to cool down first to prevent them from getting colic. There are some good sites on the web which give hints and tips on subjects like this, or you could check in general horse care books which may also help.
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post #19 of 20 Old 11-07-2008, 07:29 AM
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My routine is much the same as the others'. I either sponge or hose down the saddle and girth area, and also her legs to prevent any swellings and to help cool her down. I always like to rinse off the sweat rather than curry comb it off, otherwise I find it makes the hair all grimy and can actually bleach the hair. And as it doesn't really get that cold here, even in winter, it's not an issue for us.

Then I body brush all over to get rid of the dust and grime - it comes out easier if the horse is warm.

Another thing is that if her mane needs pulling, I will do that after she is worked as the hairs come out easier when the horse is warm.

And of course pick out her hooves, and once a week I oil them too.

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post #20 of 20 Old 11-07-2008, 08:02 AM
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Originally Posted by hunkyhorse View Post
If he lives outside without a rug, remember that using a body brush will remove the protective oils in his coat and would leave him without protection in cold, wet or bad weather. .
This is interesting--I've never heard of that. The body brush is the short bristled one, right? I don't actually use one--just the usual one with longer bristles. Why does a body brush do this--because it's usually the one made with something natural or what?

I'd like to hear more...
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