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What's your winter grooming routine?

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    01-27-2011, 07:08 PM
Thumbs up What's your winter grooming routine?

Alright, let's hear it! We all know winter means matty, muddy, and scraggly coats -- what do YOU do to keep your horse looking it's finest during these wacky winter months?
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    01-27-2011, 07:14 PM
Winter and Summer are my favorite seasons for grooming. Summer, there's no mud, just grass, and winter, there's no mud, and if they roll in the snow they just get a little snow bath . In winter, they're never dirty, so I just run a soft brush down them to get any dust or shavings off.
    01-27-2011, 07:40 PM
Oh wow lol I wish I lived where you do.... no snow here in Eugene, just rain. EVERY day. Which equals mud up the ying-yang and me constantly desperately searching for new ways to keep Lilly clean!
    01-27-2011, 07:47 PM
Nelson gets blanketed come late fall and over the winter to spring - so there's not a whole lot of "Grooming" that I have to do with his coat.

I take his blankets off and he gets a lot of cookies in the process, can't forget his cookies :) And he gest his face brushed, and his neck and body. I condition his mane and tail, which makes him smell like fruitloops. I brush his mane and forelock, but I never touch his tail.

His legs and hooves get cleaned, but I don't have to pick out his feet because he has pads on.

Nelson is pretty easy :)
    01-27-2011, 07:50 PM
Originally Posted by MIEventer    
I brush his mane and forelock, but I never touch his tail.
Just out of curiosity, why don't you brush his tail?
    01-27-2011, 07:55 PM
^Breaks the hairs and thins the tail.
    01-27-2011, 07:55 PM
Winter is actually the easiest time of the year for me. My horses wear blankets, so their bodies stay clean, and other than that it is only snow that can get on them. I do like to give them a good, deep currying at least every few days though, because wearing the blankets can make them VERY itchy.

I did try some stuff called Miracle Groom, which is supposed to clean without water. It worked pretty well for some areas where I could tell that they had laid in their poop, and it smelled really good. I cleaned my mare's whole rump with it (using a cloth and rubbing against the hair) because she was kind of dusty.
    01-27-2011, 07:55 PM
Because I don't want his tail to thin out, nor do I want to break or damage the hair. The more you brush, the more you thin out the hair.

And when I do brush his tail, I use a very stiff bristled body brush, instead of a hair brush with teeth. And I will brush a little bit by little bit. The amount of hair that does come out, is no where near the amount of hair that comes out when using other tools.
    01-27-2011, 08:16 PM
I live in Florida, so I can plan my days and still be able to bath my horse. I also do not have mud here just sugar sand that gets my horse filthy.
    01-27-2011, 08:23 PM
We use blankets so for the most part her body is clean. I brush her body a little, shed out her (hairy) neck a little, and curry her mud/poo covered legs a lot. I always brush the mane and tail, but I'm careful with the tail to avoid thinning it out. Of course I pick feet and curry and brush the face...But that takes much less time.

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