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        10-04-2010, 07:01 PM
      #21
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    Well, keep in mind that I am just a lowly cowgirl that rides working horses and doesn't show, but I have been known to just brush off the big chunks of dirt with my hand before saddling for a hard day's work. LOL None of my horses have come up permanently dirty or anything else yet. The only drawback I've noticed is that I have to pressure wash my pads more often when I don't brush before riding.

    Exactly, that is why you groom the horse thoroughly before riding.
         
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        10-04-2010, 07:07 PM
      #22
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by VelvetsAB    
    My one coach will inspect the beginner lessons horses to make sure they are clean before they are allowed to mount up....
    Eww, I would never want go take lessons with an instructor like that...I mean, I LOVE grooming the horses, but I don't need to be inspected. LOL.
         
        10-04-2010, 07:26 PM
      #23
    Green Broke
    Horse brushes are merely a tool for transferring the dirt from ones horse, to oneself.

    In order to cover yourself in the most paddock filth possible, start with the firm brushes to really cover yourself in pieces of caked mud, before finishing yourself off with a finer brush for a nice light dusting of dirt and manure.
         
        10-04-2010, 08:26 PM
      #24
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Trinquete    
    Eww, I would never want go take lessons with an instructor like that...I mean, I LOVE grooming the horses, but I don't need to be inspected. LOL.
    Well when the kids leave huge spots of mud on the school horses....and then if someone like me comes along and has to ride that horse after...I am not impressed. One girl misses spots all the time on Boston where his girth goes behind his legs. We have a limited amount of school horses (bunch of ponies) so if one is off, it can make things difficult. Plus, why should the kid be able to ride if they can't get their horse/pony clean??
         
        10-04-2010, 10:56 PM
      #25
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sarahver    
    Horse brushes are merely a tool for transferring the dirt from ones horse, to oneself.

    In order to cover yourself in the most paddock filth possible, start with the firm brushes to really cover yourself in pieces of caked mud, before finishing yourself off with a finer brush for a nice light dusting of dirt and manure.

    Haha I love this!
         
        10-04-2010, 11:28 PM
      #26
    Green Broke
    I really only use three grooming tools (besides a hoofpick) and I still take longer to groom than most of my friends! These are my main tools:

    Metal curry- for mud and shedding
    Rubber curry- for mud and massages
    Medium/stiff brush- when they are basically clean and just need dusting off

    I own a couple of soft brushes but don't use them much. I have one soft brush I use on the foal because I figure his skin is more sensitive than a big horse. But otherwise, I basically get by on those three tools. Heck, if I could only own one grooming tool (besides a hoofpick) it would be a metal curry. I can pretty well get the whole horse the way I want with the metal curry!

    Tip for Smrobs, and other western riders- use a single layer wool blanket under your main saddle pad to collect all the dirt and sweat. I used to HATE washing the big, thick pads. Now I never have to! I just wash the wool blanket (when it is still sweaty from being on the horse it rinses pretty easily) and viola, no big pads to wash. It's much easier washing a single layer wool blanket (like Mayatex) than the stiff pads. Since I've started doing that, I've never looked back.
         
        10-04-2010, 11:38 PM
      #27
    Showing
    LOL, I stick with just 1 pad when I can. Some of the horses I ride, the less I have to fiddle with on their back, the better. Besides, I keep plenty of pads around so power washing one every few days is no big deal to me.
         
        10-05-2010, 05:13 AM
      #28
    Yearling
    I have to say I'm chilled about grooming.

    Sometimes before a ride if there's time I will go over the horse with a medium bristled body brush. After I will do the same again, plus I will use a soft bristled body brush afterwards to take out dust that I missed.

    Since the horses stay out in the field full time, I usually give them a full grooming session once a week, and more if they are moulting. I start with a rubber curry comb (sometimes a plastic if the are really hairy or muddy), then I move onto a hard bristled body brush which I also use on the legs, then soft bristled body brush which I also use on the face, and lastly I use a human hair brush to brush out manes and tails.

    I always keep a sponge handy for yucky eyes and noses. And also, everyday I also just lift up their legs to check for rocks or sticks in their hooves (don't really need to use a hoof pick because out in the field the ground is hard and dry and not much gunk really builds up in their hooves).
         
        10-06-2010, 10:22 PM
      #29
    Foal
    I've always did curry comb, hard brush then soft brush.
         

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