I can't wait to give Duncan and Ginger a good grooming when it gets warm enough. I love their poofy winter coats, but Ginger is so pretty when she's slicked out, and I want to see how Duncan looks under that fur!
I have a grooming block that is supposed to help get excess dirt and hair off their bodies easier, so I'll use that before bathing.
I don't usually bathe until the upper 70's. I've had times where my gelding was shivering in 70 degree weather when he was being bathed :( Mine are a little thin-skinned though, and I only have the cold water coming out of the hose. I would love to have a heated wash stall someday...........
I out my horse on a special supplement in february to help them shed out their hair faster. As soon as it's warm enough, all my horses get a good bath with a coat of Iodine shampoo to get rid of any nasty skin fungus or infection that could have developed over winter then I do a coat of normal shampoo or in my light horses case, a whitening shampoo. After they've had a good bath the get ears, legs, muzzle and bridle paths clipped and all manes get trimmed. Next the all get a coat of show sheen in their manes and tails to mkae them easy to comb out. Once they're dry they all get groomed until they shine like new money! That usually get's repeated a few months later in late spring.
A lot of the horses are starting to shed =D I love seeing their hair everywhere! But it seems to be only horses with white hair =/ Unless I just cannot notice any other darker colour...But still no shedding from Lola!
After winter I use the ummm sweat scraper on the other side I use that cause omg she sheds like crazy her fur is longer than any horse but she needs it cause she lives outside poor secret ..... * looks at snow falling outside * anyway when the weather is fine ( and she shedded her coat ) I go up early , ride , and then groom her down really good
Normaly, about 2 weeks before my first show (march 26th is 1st show this year) I give ponies a make over.
I groom them,
CLip out legs (and subborn stains on the body, blend well and in 2 weeks you would never known they had een clipped)
Clip off beard, moustach and whiskers,
Strip out ears.
Clip bridle path (yes my clippers get one heck of a work out)
Brush out tail,
Pull tail (normaly over the course of a few days)
Square off the bottom off the tail (at just below hock level) useing clippers.
Pull mane to within an inch of its life.
Clip any fluffy hairs (Reeco gets them under his belly)
This year I will be cleaning Reecos sheath as it is revolting.
Then I condition his tail, plait it loosely and put it in a tail bag (where it will stay except for at shows!)
I also give allmy tack a deep clean and condition.