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post #11 of 26 Old 12-17-2008, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Wow some of you take a long time. i usally groom after a ride just to wind down toby loves that and kisses if we had a good ride.

12 days until Twiztid ( i get to see my Jamie) then two months until graduation.
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post #12 of 26 Old 12-18-2008, 10:07 AM
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There are 4 horses and a pony here. They get groomed if they are get dirty in winter so their hair stays fluffy. Otherwise they get it sparodically depending on my mood/time and if I'm riding or not. Hooves get done when I get round to em. My horses live out 24/7. They get a rinse down after a hot summer ride.

When I do groom I use a shedding blade if they are filthy followed by a rough brush. Often that's it. It just depends on what I'm going to do tho. They just go roll after I am done anyway. LOL

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post #13 of 26 Old 12-18-2008, 09:13 PM
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My usual is pick the feet, go over everything with one of those wonderful rubber mitts with the gentle little nubs, and then use the body brush. Mojo is thin skinned and does not like much pressure, so these tools are my favorites. I pick the bits of straw out of his tail, pull a little section of his mane (I try to do this tedious task a bit at a time) and I'm done.
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post #14 of 26 Old 12-20-2008, 11:26 AM
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Here is my winter grooming routine before I ride...
- Pick hooves and brush mud/snow of the hooves
- Detangle and brush mane and tail (on occasion)
- Showsheen mane and tail (on occasion)
- Take blanket off
- Curry body
- Use hard brush to get most of the dirt of body and legs
- Soft brush the whole body and face to add shine and get off the rest of the dust
- Put saddle on
- Showsheen the whole body and face and brush again with soft brush (on occasion)
- Go over him with a rag to pick up any leftover dirt
- Put bridle on

Then after winter rides...
- Untack
- Curry the whole body
- Throw cooler on (if he's sweaty)
- While he's drying I'll pick his hooves
- After he's cooled off for a while I'll brush him off with the hard brush
- Then go over him with a rag

In the summer before rides...
Pretty much the same as before winter rides except there are no blankets to take off, except maybe a flysheet and flywraps if the flies are bad. Also, I spray some flyspray on before I put the saddle on.

In the summer after rides...
- Untack
- Hose him off his whole body (if I'm in a hurry just where he's sweaty)
- About once a month I'll do a full bath with shampoo and conditioner
- Graze him until he's pretty dry
- Pick his hooves
- Spritz with fly spray
- Put his flysheet and flywraps on (if the flies are bad)

I think that's about it. Usually tacking up takes about 30 minutes but if I'm in a hurry I can cut it down to about 10-15 minutes. Untacking probably only takes 10-15 minutes and sometimes longer depending on how sweaty he is in the winter and if I give him a full bath in the summer.

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post #15 of 26 Old 12-20-2008, 03:44 PM
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Here's what I do when I groom the school horses...

Take off blanket
Curry comb body
Hard brush body
Body brush body, face, legs
Use detangler on mane and tail, brush them out
Pick out feet, brush off dirt on the wall of the hoof with either a hard brush or the other side of the hoof pick
Quilted saddle pad, cashel, saddle, bridle.

After ride I basically do the same thing, sometimes towelling off the girth area and maybe chest/saddle area as well if they are particularly sweaty. Then I put the blanket back on, treat and then put them away. (they live outside)

In the summer, it's the same routine except for the blanket and I have more of a tendency to use some ShowSheen on their coats. Also I might use a towel afterwards to make them shinier.

After the ride in the summer we usually give them a rinse and then sweat scrape after a quick brush.
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post #16 of 26 Old 12-25-2008, 06:15 PM
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Originally Posted by wanderlust View Post
I usually start with a rubber curry, then a harder bristle brush, a soft body brush with vetrolin on it, then I do there feet. After that, depending on the horse, I will either pick the straw out of the tail or brush it. Then every once in a while I oil the hooves.
I'll double that. I rarelytouch Cobalt's tail. His mane is super thick so I never worry when I brush that but his tail I rarely touch and if I do its to hand pick manure and hay out of his tail. I also water spray him down just for him to get used to sprays.

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post #17 of 26 Old 12-26-2008, 09:00 PM
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At my trainers we have to pick feet, curry everything, stiff brush, spray with Healthy Hair Care, and then soft brush. Then quickly go through manes/tails/forelocks and wipe down their faces/muzzles.

At home it just depends how dirty they are.
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post #18 of 26 Old 12-26-2008, 09:10 PM
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I do their mane, tail and forelock first, then the body and then the hooves. I don't do more than a curry comb and body brush on their bodies anymore. I dunno why...but I don't.

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post #19 of 26 Old 12-30-2008, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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wow, i love grooming but you guys do alot, i do it because i do not see Toby mcuh so it makes us closer.

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post #20 of 26 Old 12-30-2008, 10:51 PM
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HI! I am new! Well all my horses have different grooming scheduals( yes I can't spell, get used to it)
Blue: Quick Groom
1) Curry
2) Hard Brush (Whole Body, Front Legs where boots are)
3) Soft Brush (Whole Body, Front Legs where boots are)
4) Brush out mane and tail
5) Pick out feet
Blue: Long Groom
1) Put Cowboy Magic Detangler and Shine in tail (Mane is now cut short)
2) Curry (Whole Body)
3) Hard Brush (Whole Body, Legs)
4) Medium Brush (Whole Body, Legs)
5) Soft Brush (Whole Body, Legs)
6) Rub with Shammy
7) Pick out feet
8) Brush mane, forlock, and tail
9) Spray body with Flyspray(Summer only) and Vetrolin Shine(If she is due to have it again)
10) Soft Brush again
11) Hooflex or Twinkle Toes Hoofs
12) Trim whiskers, feltlock hairs, and bridle path(If needed)
Ariel: Quick Groom
1) Hard Brush(Whole body)
2) Soft Brush(Whole body)
3) Pick out hooves
Ariel: Long Groom
1) Cowboy Magic Mane and Tail
2) Curry (Whole body)
3) Hard brush (Whole body, legs)
4) Medium-Hard brush (Whole body, legs)
5) Medium Brush (Whole Body, legs)
6) Soft Brush (Whold body, face, legs)
7) Pick out feet
8) Brush out mane and tail
Cat and Jack: Groom
1) Cowboy Magic Mane and Tail
2) Curry (whole body)
3) Hard brush (whole body, legs)
4) Soft brush (whole body, legs)
5) Pick out feet
6) Spray with Vetrolin Shine
7) Re Soft Brush
8) Comb out mane and tail
9) Hooflex

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