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        05-22-2008, 02:04 PM
      #11
    Started
    A large handful of raw wool (grease wool) in a pantyhose or a mesh bag puts a great finishing touch on your horse's coat.
         
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        05-23-2008, 08:38 AM
      #12
    Foal
    I got these from http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-he...rse-26311.aspx
    I hope they work!

    30 Grooming Tips to Transform Your Horse

    1. Ask your vet about adding vegetable oil or an essential Omega-3 fatty acid supplement to your horse’s well-balanced diet for added shine.

    2. Sponging your horse’s face clean after exercise helps prevent fungal hair loss.

    3. Keep different sized sponges for different duties (face, body, dock) and remember which is used for each task.

    4. Hoof picks are cheap. Always use a sharp one to remove rocks and debris, and replace the pick when it no longer
    Does the job easily.

    5. Use a tail bag to keep your horse’s tail thick, long and protected. Make sure to wash, condition, detangle and rebraid once a week, securing the tail bag below the tailbone.

    6. Spend two minutes every two weeks running your clippers over your horse’s bridlepath and whiskers.

    7. Hoof oils and dressings for health or show are available. If you have a particular concern in mind, such as hooves that crack easily, ask your farrier for product suggestions.

    8. Use a detangler and a wide-toothed comb (or your fingers) to remove any large snarls from mane and tail.

    9. Dark coats often fade or bleach in the sunlight, so provide plenty of shade and consider adding a sheet. Sweat in the coat accelerates the fade, so rinse a sweaty horse before allowing him to bask in the sunshine.

    10. Bathe your horse but don’t overdo it—frequent shampooing may actually dull his coat.

    11. An equine squeegee, rather than a hard sweat scraper, makes removing water from equine legs and hips easier and kinder.

    12. For extra shine on special occasions, spritz your horse’s coat with a sheen product.

    13. Regular use of coat polish sprays right after bathing has the added bonus of deterring dust—it slides right off.

    14. Horses with pink skin need extra sun protection—use sunscreen on susceptible pink noses!

    15. To help protect against skin infections, regularly disinfect grooming brushes and combs.


    16. Keep brushes clean as you go: After every few strokes with your body brush, clean the bristles on a metal or rubber curry held in your other hand.

    17. Brush from front to back, top to bottom, for the most efficient effort.

    18. Curry first in a circular motion to loosen dirt and hair; then use your stiff dandy brush to remove it. A flick of the wrist at the end of your long flat brush stroke helps lift the dust off.

    19. Multi-task: use a brush in each hand!

    20. Show-ring veterans have long known that grooming wipes are ever so handy.

    21. If you have a gray horse or one with a lot of chrome, keep some spray-on equine stain remover—created to deal with manure and grass stains—at the ready.

    22. As you groom, inspect your horse for injuries, skin irritations or areas of sensitivity. Run your bare hands down his legs to check for heat or swelling.

    23. Keep up with routine grooming chores, such as mane pulling, trimming fetlocks, et cetera. That way you’re not overwhelmed with last minute clean-up before a show.

    24. If your horse objects to having his mane pulled, try doing a little each day after exercise, while his pores are open.

    25. Check yourhorse’s stall or paddock fencing for protruding objects: Wounds lead to blemishes and worse.

    26. Let sweat and mud dry before attempting to brush it out. Or, hose your horse off.

    27. When braiding, banding, or even training a mane over to one side, use a mane mousse to help get wayward hairs under control.

    28. Color enhancing shampoos accentuate your horse’s natural tones and bring out the highlights of his coat.

    29. Using oil specifically designed for your horse’s face, rather than baby oil, will collect less dust at the show.

    30. Let your horse roll—dirt isn’t permanent.
         
        05-24-2008, 06:04 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Tail bags get lost, tail bags begin to get expensive.

    ...Large mens SOCKS work MIRACLES.

    Step One: Wash your horses tail with shampoo and conditioner.

    Step Two: Let it dry.

    Step Three: Brush tail out with detangler or show sheen etc.

    Step Four braid, or french braid your horses entire tail.

    Step Five VERY IMPORTANT: Stretch out the sock and TURN INSIDE OUT (trust me on this you do not want to know what happens when you don't.) Cut a four inch line vertically down the top of the tail "sock"

    Step Six: Depending on how long your horses tail alread is, fold it up and put into the sock, with the two cuts near the bottom of the bone.

    Step Seven: Pull one cut piece through the braid, and tie tightly.

    Step Eight: Pull the loop at the bottom of the tail down as far as you can from the outside of the sock.

    Step Nine: You're all done! You can leave your horses tail in for as long as you want. It will eventually get dirty, but hey, if you bought that large bag of socks that you only paid 5 bucks for then just use another one!
    My horses tail is stunningly beautiful, it drags on the ground at least 6".

    Good Luck!
         
        05-24-2008, 06:10 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Hahaha, we are going to run out of tips in 1 day!
    Listerine for thrush treatment.
         
        06-30-2008, 03:42 PM
      #15
    Foal
    great looking hooves

    I have a tip for great looking hooves:

    1. Clean your horses hooves and sand them down so they are a nice even surface.

    2. Then apply a thin layer of wall plaster puddy. Yes this is the stuff that builders use to get rid of seams and cracks in sheet rock.

    3. Once this is dry, sand it so it's even and looks as natural as possible.

    4. Apply black hoof polish!

    Tada! Great looking hooves! I even use this on pink hooves, it really makes the white markings POP! Make sure after you are done showing to wash this off it will dry out the hoof if not taken off.
         
        06-30-2008, 03:48 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    I don't know if this is really a tip but to keep flys away from the horses ears try using baby oil that you buy at the store and put some on a towel or a sock and wipe the insides of there ears! It works wonders
         
        06-30-2008, 07:02 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Use rubbing alcohol to get rid of mud and manure stains, especially on greys!

    If a cut is open and bleeding, after fixing it up, rub vasaline into the hair below it so the acidic fluids from the cut don't cause hair to fall out. It also keeps the skin soft so it can heal better and stretch instead of pulling on the cut.

    Rubbing alcohol gets hoof pack off of hands

    Using silicone shine sprays can dry out tails so unless your horse tends to be greasy, limit use
         
        06-30-2008, 07:51 PM
      #18
    Showing
    Clean out the hooves first when you groom.
         
        06-30-2008, 10:00 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by PoptartShop
    Clean out the hooves first when you groom.
    and brush the mane clean before you brush the body, that way you aren't getting it dirty again with the debris in their mane
         
        07-01-2008, 02:21 AM
      #20
    Foal
    !Caring for wounds!

    These are tips for caring for wounds! And everybody knows horses get plenty of those!! LOL! Here they are!

    Preparation H - aids in the reduction of proud flesh and also encourages hair growth on wound sites.

    Meat tenderizer - moistened into a paste takes the sting out of bug bites and stinging nettles.

    Turpentine -For sores that won't heal - turpentine on a white cloth wrapped around the sore.

    Sugar and Iodine - mix into a paste for use on scrapes and burns - the sugar keeps the flesh from dying and the Iodine fights the infection.

    Sugar Water - For a blister or scrape make a poultice of sugar water mixed with some aloe (from the plant) and wrap in place over the wound.

    Caring for Tack
    Murphy's Oil Soap - works great to clean leather, very mild.

    Kerosene - Soak rusty tools (hoof nippers, fence tools, pliers, etc.) over night a bucket of kerosene to remove rust. Really bad rust may need to be soaked longer.

    Oats - Put 2 or 3 cups of whole oats in a 5 gallon bucket, bury the bit in the oats, and rub the oats all over the bit. It gets off dried grass & shines the bit back up.

    Plain Crest toothpaste - shines up silver on saddles & bridles beautifully.
         

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