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  • Body brush what is hard side for?

 
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    09-29-2010, 07:16 AM
  #11
Yearling
On a standard day I just run my hands where tack goes and remove dirt and go mine are rugged so only takes a minute.

At weekends I do a proper groom so rubber curry all over then soft brush I use the hard brush on stubborn mud. Then I comb out mane and tail clean udders and dock and face with hypoallergenic baby wipes. I will then towel wip to remove top dust.

Pick out feet and put cornocrucene inside and out.
Trim and pull where is needed
     
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    10-01-2010, 02:41 PM
  #12
Yearling
I love to groom and as long as I have the time (as long as im not running late for my lesson) I take a good 1/2 hour + to groom my mare. I start with my 2 sided jelly scrubby curry thing (Hard side on the body, soft side on the belly and legs), then I flick off all the dirt and hair that the curry swirled up with a dandy brush, followed by a medium brush to get off any excess, then a towel or super soft body brush with a smidge of show sheen to polish the coat. Then I clean the feet and dress them if necessary, then detangle and brush the mane, and finger detangle the tail. Then do or re-do any braiding if necessary ( I tend to braid and bag her tail and braid her mane in the icky winter months.
     
    10-01-2010, 02:53 PM
  #13
Foal
I like to groom as well, its so fun and relaxing. I use a curry, soft brush and go to town. Even funnier with the horse falls to sleep.
     
    10-01-2010, 03:12 PM
  #14
Started
I also enjoy grooming. I use a double-sided jelly scrubber like BurningAmber has. Hard side first to break up all of the dirt (that's my currry), then the finer side serves as my dandy brush to lift most of the dirt up from her skin and get mud off of their legs and face. If the horse is shedding I'll use a shedding blade at this point now that I have all of their hair loosened up from the currying. Otherwise, I continue by using a medium stiff brush to flick away the dirt and bring out the shine. I'll only use a very soft brush on occasion, the medium usually does a good enough job for me. I also brush out their manes and frequently braid them into running braids, particularly if it's hot out. And of course pick their hooves out.

To answer your question OP:
Curry >> breaks up the major dirt and hair
Shedding Blade >> removes excess shedding hair from the underlayers of the coat.
Stiff Dandy >> lifts major dirt away from the skin and off the coat
Med. Brush >> flicks off the last of the dirt on the upper layer of the coat and starts to bring out the natural oils in the horse's coat to produce a nice shine
Soft Brush >> to my mind, an even more refined version of the medium brush (and not always necessary)

The real key to the last two is that it brings out the natural oils in your horse's skin and gives them that shine. (Some people also use show sheen/polish spray to enhance this even more)
     
    10-01-2010, 03:12 PM
  #15
Yearling
I always groom my horse before and after I ride. I HATE saddle marks. But I was taught to use a curry, to loosen up the dirt, hard brush to wipe away all the loose dirt, soft brush to take off dust and make the horse shine, then pick their feet and brush their mane and tail, and make sure they are extra clean where the tack goes. But if I'm feeling extra lazy and the horse is really dirty, I'll just use the vacuum on them.
     
    10-02-2010, 06:33 PM
  #16
Foal
Ok after reading this I have to accept what the BF tells me about being overbearing when it comes to grooming my Rascal. I spend about an hour just grooming and doing his feet!!!! ROFL I think he loves it though. Eyes closed, head drooping, occasional smacking and yawning. Plus he shines like a new penny when he's done and I don't use any oils,special shampoos, or anything of that nature.
     
    10-02-2010, 07:05 PM
  #17
Foal
:) I have always done the same routine and swear by it.
Rubber curry comb thoroughly, then a dandy brush/ hard brush, then a body brush, then a very soft brush, and then a woolen mitt. A body brush through the tail, a small hard brush and hoof pick for the hooves (inside and out) , facebrush (for the face) and a mane comb for the mane and forelock. :)
All of mine are shiney until it rains!! :(

I also spend at least an hour grooming mine just to show them some affection (also I give them a 5 min rub on their tickly spot on their whither.....send them off into their own world )
     
    10-03-2010, 02:00 AM
  #18
Banned
Curry comb used in circular motion brings the dirt to the top so it can be brushed out

Hard brush then gets rid of the heavy dirt

Medium brush gets rid of losser dirt

Soft brush makes it all nice and gets rid of any remaining dirt and makes the hair pretty

Wet scrape removes excess water

Shedding blade removes excess hair at the change of seasons, use with caution with a TB as they are skinny and don't appreciate it.
     
    10-03-2010, 10:40 AM
  #19
Green Broke
Depending where you live or who you learn from is where the different names come in. To me a medium brush is a dandy brush and a stiff brush is a hard brush. The names are mostly inter changeable. You can use any regular soft brush on your horses face....it doesnt HAVE to be a face brush.

In the end, it doesnt matter how you brush your horse as long as the girth and saddle area is basically free of dirt, you are going to be fine. Of course, some people are pickier then others. My one coach will inspect the beginner lessons horses to make sure they are clean before they are allowed to mount up....
     
    10-03-2010, 10:44 AM
  #20
Weanling
Hardest brushes to softest. Brushes only pick up debris the size of their bristles, so you want to groom away the big particles first, and work your way down to the fine, soft bristles.
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