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post #1 of 32 Old 03-05-2009, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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What's your usual grooming routine?

How much time do you spend grooming before you ride, and do you have a specific way you do it every time? I know some people who just pick their horse's hooves and then throw a saddle on. I like 40 minutes minimum to groom.. I'm just curious about what other people do.

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post #2 of 32 Old 03-05-2009, 08:21 AM
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before i ride: just brush them off pretty well so the dirt doesnt irritate them when the saddle goes on.

after i ride: i curry, hard brush, soft brush, then i do the mane, tail, then hooves. usually takes me about 20-30 minutes if im not doing it percisely
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post #3 of 32 Old 03-05-2009, 08:24 AM
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Before= Good brushing, mane and tail, pick out hooves.

After= Another good brushing and depending on where im riding, pick out hooves.

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Brushing before and after is important. It also helps us to beable to find injuries while usually we wouldn't notice.

I feel care after the ride is more important, of course you have to groom and curry, but care of the hoof is important and so is care for their legs.

After I jump, whether it be Stadium or CC - I will hose and liniment. If the ride was strenuous, whether it was a lesson or an HT - I will wrap.

Prevention and Preservation is so important to me. I was taught that from my young days in Pony Club and how important it is to do so, and I am amazed at how many do not.

No wonder horses go lame before they should be due to riders thinking jumping is the be all and end all of riding.
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post #5 of 32 Old 03-05-2009, 10:22 AM
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On a normal day, my routine basically is finger-combing thier manes & running my hands up & down, looking @ the hair & dirt coming off & saying to myself "I really need to give them a bath!" lol

Before a ride, I brush them down really good, but nothing really to 'pretty pretty". Keep in mind, though, I pleasure ride only, and there is noone judging me but me.

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post #6 of 32 Old 03-05-2009, 10:55 AM
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On a normal, everyday day I pick hay out of my horses manes and tails (finger brush), pick out their hooves, then do a quick curry... (about ten-fifteen minutes of work).

On a riding day I finger brush their manes and tails, pick out their hooves, and curry their coats with a stiff bristle brush (a twenty minute job)... after riding I pick out their hooves and curry them real fast (about a fifteen minute job)

On a real grooming day (once every two months or so) I brush them really well with a stiff bristle curry, then go back over them with a softer face brush, then finger brush their manes and tails, then go back and comb all the tangles out of their manes and tails, then I pick their hooves out (about an hour or two hour job, depending on how picky I am)

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post #7 of 32 Old 03-05-2009, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Before I ride I have about 40-30 minutes because I come right from school and usually have to change. I start with the hooves and his legs before I take his blanket off so he has a few extra minutes of warmth. Then I curry, go over once or twice with the hard brush, and then I pick the hay out of his tail. I do his face last if I have time.

After I ride I pick hooves and scrape the sand off the hooves (it clumps on), and then I give a really thorough curry. Then I go over with a hard brush and finally a soft brush.

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post #8 of 32 Old 03-05-2009, 12:06 PM
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before riding = curry, hard brush, soft brush, mane/tail, hooves

after = curry and then pick hooves

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I always arrive an hour before my lesson so I have ample time to groom. When I don't have a lesson I still plan on the same amount of time to groom and tack up.

Before I ride I curry all over, I use a soft gel mit to go over the legs. If it's shedding season I then use the shedding blade to get all of that loose hair that came loose when I curried. Then I take a brush in each hand and go over the body in a sweeping motion to get rid of surface dirt and it helps put a shine on the horse. Again, if it's shedding season, I then take my Slick N Easy block and go back over her body to bring up hair/dirt that the curry and blade missed...you would be surprised at how much more I pull out. This block also helps bring out extra shine.

Then I pick out her hooves, use the gel mit to lightly curry her face and then use a super soft horse face brush to remove the hair. I clean any gook from her eyes and nose. Then I lightly brush her name and finger through her tail to remove any shavings, etc. Then I tack her up and she gets an ear massage before we go in the arena. It relaxes us both.

After, I hose her down, if necessary and remove any excess water. I go back over her with the gel mit, check her feet again, etc.

There is people at my barn that just tack up and go and I heard that our trainer finally started getting angry for this. Not only does it speak to the integrity of her barn when we go to shows, but it's such an important step to bond with and check out your horse.
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post #10 of 32 Old 03-05-2009, 02:42 PM
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I spend about 15-20mins max on grooming during usual days. For showing, a lot more!
I pick out the hooves first. Then curry, hard brush, & then use the soft brush. If the horse is shedding like crazy, I use the shedding blade. So much easier! Then after all that, I brush the mane & tail. After riding, I brush the horse off with a hard brush. If it's summertime, or the horse is very sweaty, then I hose it down or sponge it off. :)

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