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post #1 of 31 Old 01-08-2011, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Spring makeover.

I would like to know your spring grooming routine for your horse. :)
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post #2 of 31 Old 01-09-2011, 12:38 PM
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I usually deticate an entire day for grooming all of my horses.(I call it "Horse Spa Day"lol)I get all of my grooming supplies ready the night before.My brushes,shampoo,conditioner,hoof picks,rubber bands,curry combs,bath mitt,etc.

I usually have my Horse Spa Day on March 20.(The day of my horse,Fawn's,birthday.)I always get a horse out of thier pen,bathe them,curry,brush,fly spray,clean hooves,then I put a fly mask and fly sheet on them(Depending on weather.)
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post #3 of 31 Old 01-16-2011, 09:58 PM
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Usually, I don't do anything special in the spring because it's either too muddy or still snowy. But in the summer, once it's finally dry and warm I will bathe Jesse, cut his tail, roach his mane, and then just groom him really really well.

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post #4 of 31 Old 01-17-2011, 01:16 PM
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Same always, I just add in a good extra ten minutes every day with the shedding blade, with some days spending up to half an hour with it.

As soon as summer "officially" starts (when I'm off school) I give her a realllllyyy nice bath to get rid of all the accumulated dust and hair in her coat.

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post #5 of 31 Old 01-18-2011, 09:08 AM
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Once spring starts, I go full force with the currying and shedding blade. With the blankets off at last, I start with a good grooming session, using the shedding blade until I've gotten everything off that I can, and currying multiple times. Once the coat is clean, I use baby wipes for the bum and face. Then comes the trimming. During the winter I let all the hair grow out for warmth, so it's off with the mohawk (bridal path) and scraggly hairs on the legs and withers (which get caught under the saddle). My gelding doesn't have much mane, so he gets a new mohawk cut so that his mane is about 2-3" long. Obviously, feet get picked as well. I also trim the whiskers just enough that they don't get caught in the bridal, but I like to leave as much as possible because I feel that they are there for a reason. I then use a detangler and carefully comb through the entire mane, tail, and forelock. They smell quite good when I'm done :)

Once it's warm enough, it's bath time and time for a good deep cleaning. They can eat grass as they dry in the sun, and then they get groomed well with clean brushes to bring out the shine. The mane and tail is conditioned and carefully brushed. Sometimes I spray a little cowboy magic on the legs to repel dust, but I am really a big fan of good ole' fashion elbow grease to bring out a natural shine and repellency....this also doesn't cause the saddle to slip. I also like to moisturize the hooves after they dry because the shampoo can be drying.

Oh geeze, now I can't wait until spring! The horses seem to love their spa day as well :)
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post #6 of 31 Old 01-19-2011, 11:17 PM
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When it starts to warm and I notice the first hair coming off, I start dedicating extra time to working on getting the winter coat off.

This took more time when I was leasing Jack, my old pony. He had the typical pony coat - massive fur ball.

Now that I have purchased Amber, I doubt I will spend as much time. She has a relatively thin winter coat. During the period of shedding, I have a personal method I like to follow to remove the dead hair. I start with a jelly curry using the fine side. I go over the horse once, and then I use the shedding blade all over in the "main" spots that seem to be releasing hair, until I am getting minimal hair coming off in each spot. When I finish that, I go over the horse again with the jelly curry and then go about my regular brushing.

The first day it is warm enough to bathe, I do so using my jelly curry after a ride. When the horse's body is warm from exercise, the hair will release better. Getting the dirt and dust off releases even more hair, and the jelly curry of course does wonders to help pull it off.

That usually takes care of the winter coat pretty fast. Also on that first bath of the year, I thoroughly wash the mane and tail and condition it.

Around the time of the first bath, I also do some general trimming. Bridle path, whiskers, ears, feathers (no matter how minimal - pet peeve of mine except on breeds that are supposed to have them). Ect. Although I do this year round, I also clean the eyes and nostrils. Nostrils get done much more in the spring because pollen is terrible for collecting in there and causing allergies! Jack coughed and sneezed quite a bit last year, despite regular cleaning and effort made to keep his nose pollen-free.
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post #7 of 31 Old 01-20-2011, 04:07 PM
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I guess it's because it doesn't get cold for long periods of time here, but Red and Flicka have had a few baths this winter, their bridle paths are cut and clean, get brushed daily and feet clean...so there won't be too much to do that is different.
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post #8 of 31 Old 01-20-2011, 06:28 PM
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I cannot wait for spring and the shedding to begin! It will be the first with my horse. So I am very excited. I am looking forward to washing her and seeing her summer coat =)
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post #9 of 31 Old 01-20-2011, 07:56 PM
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I guess it's because it doesn't get cold for long periods of time here, but Red and Flicka have had a few baths this winter, their bridle paths are cut and clean, get brushed daily and feet clean...so there won't be too much to do that is different.
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Yeah, I forgot to mention that I think the best spring cleaning is keeping them clean year round. It is WAY to cold here for baths, but I try to groom at least every few days even if I'm not riding at all. Usually, there isn't much to do with the blanket protecting the hair, but my horses love getting their itchies out, and they stay shiny even with their winter coats . Still can't wait for spring!!
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post #10 of 31 Old 01-21-2011, 11:32 AM
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I bought my 5 year old gelding Quarter horse last October, so this will be my first spring with him!
I will bathe him, condition his mane and tail, pick his hooves, braid his mane, and spray Satin Sheen on his bay coat. All of the dirt in his undercoat is so nasty
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