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post #1 of 8 Old 12-19-2011, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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Question What is the best way to groom?


At the stable where I help out people have told me to groom 2 different way. Circleing strokes and straight brushing. what is the right one?

Also how much pressure should you put on the horse. I think you put different amount of pressure on a horse with a thick coat or a thin or clipped coat.

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post #2 of 8 Old 12-19-2011, 03:27 PM
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Circular motions should be used initially with a curry comb to release dirt, grime and old fur. Grooming with a body brush should be in line with the fur.

And you are correct, differenents amount of elbow grease for different lengths of fur.
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Staright line grooming is for general, all over body grooming, and a Dandy brush is very good for this. You run the brush and flick, a lot like when you hand broom a floor. On the face many people prefer a fine bristle face brush. I also like to "hand-groom" the face with pebble gloves, and my horses love this. When you need to remove dirt you can switch to a rubber or a metal curry. I would avoid using a metal curry on the face or legs, but small rubber currys do a nice job. Some folks prefer a plastic brush with fine bristles, too. Others like those big, round rubber brushes with big, fat "cones" on them, and many swear by them.
After a workout I massage wherever the tack touched the horse. I use a small rubber curry and vigorously brush in circles, then brush smooth in the direction of the hairs. I figure that my horse must feel like we do when we've worn something snug all day. In the summer I dip the brush in water with some Mane and Tail shampoo to clean and cool off the sweaty coat, again where the saddle, breastplate, crupper and bridle make contact.
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Whenever I groom, I first pick the horse's feet, then curry comb in circular motions... Then I use a soft brush and start at the withers, then go down the back then down their flank to their under-belly. I then brush their tail a little, then brush their mane and forelock. Then I do some touchup and if their is any dirt on their face, I just rub it off with my hands. also, after a ride, I get the sweat off them with a towel, or you could use a sweat scraper.

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Circles and then straights. Also with a good grooming routine you can get a lovely shine up. I was taught not to use a curry comb on horses as we had the metal ones and their for cleaning brushes.
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-19-2011, 07:28 PM
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I say:

Personal preferance. I brush in sweeping straight lines to get dust and dirt off, or short swift strokes for mud and manure.

Pressure depends on the horse... Some horses do not like a lot of pressure, or have thin skin, so you have to have a softer touch, and a softer brush.

My lesson horse loves his face brushed HARD, to the point I can lean into him, and he is in happy bliss. Another lesson horse hates her face brushed, so i go super soft brush, with as few of strokes as possible.

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