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        01-27-2011, 11:57 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    Just a question, so don't eat me, but do you guys ever worry about using a curry on your horses legs? I'm affraid to because in my mind that would hurt..... I usually use a really hard body brush on their legs to get the mud off.
         
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        01-28-2011, 12:20 AM
      #22
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SissyGoBob    
    Just a question, so don't eat me, but do you guys ever worry about using a curry on your horses legs? I'm affraid to because in my mind that would hurt..... I usually use a really hard body brush on their legs to get the mud off.
    Lol yes I'm the same way!! I'm sure it doesn't bother them seeing as how people have done it for years and it's never been the issue, but I think the EXACT same thing when I do it too! I try to use a hard-bristled body brush as best as I can and will just use the curry if there's some real gunk built up.
         
        01-28-2011, 12:43 AM
      #23
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by cascanastargazer    
    Lol yes I'm the same way!! I'm sure it doesn't bother them seeing as how people have done it for years and it's never been the issue, but I think the EXACT same thing when I do it too! I try to use a hard-bristled body brush as best as I can and will just use the curry if there's some real gunk built up.

    Haha good, atleast I know I'm not crazy
         
        01-28-2011, 12:58 AM
      #24
    Foal
    Grooming happens year round at our stable. We just moved into the 'show prep' stage so things will get a little busier. Also depends on the horse. We have about half a barn of 35 that are schooling/boarding horses and the other half are show horses. The schooling/boarding horses generally just get muzzle/neck/leg hair trims...bridle path too. The show horses get a lot more. Their tails are kept up for training/grooming purposes to protect them so I have to let them out and wash/comb/condition/braid back up every month. I use wide tooth combs to comb out the tails and it works really well. When I braid them up, I lather them in Mane and Tail conditioner and just leave it in so it soaks in. Doesn't make a sticky mess and is great for the tails.
         
        01-28-2011, 02:12 AM
      #25
    Weanling
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    Just a question, so don't eat me, but do you guys ever worry about using a curry on your horses legs? I'm affraid to because in my mind that would hurt..... I usually use a really hard body brush on their legs to get the mud off.
    Just out of curiosity, why do you think it would hurt to curry their legs? Horses enjoy being curried, and I've never had one object to having their legs curried. Horses are pretty opinionated creatures; they usually let you know when they don't like something.

    I use this type of curry a lot, especially for their face and other sensitive areas.



         
        01-28-2011, 02:14 AM
      #26
    Yearling
    In the winter I can't really ride cause we have 2+ feet of snow usually, 3+ this year. For the most part I only pick out there feet in the winter. They get the winter's off so maybe once a month or when it heats up to -15 celsius I'll run a dandy brush over them. Regena has a blanket so she doesn't need it either.
         
        01-28-2011, 02:40 AM
      #27
    Foal
    Clementine ---

    I don't think she actually thinks it would hurt horses; to your point, they would definitely let us know if something didn't feel good! I think it's just one of those things where you would think it would be uncomfortable to be scraping and rubbing around on all the tendons like that. I know personally I've always thought to myself, "you'd think that would hurt, or at least feel uncomfortable.." and yet it doesn't. We know it doesn't hurt, we just cringe because we believe it wouldn't feel good if we were them, I guess ;)
         
        01-28-2011, 04:30 AM
      #28
    Weanling
    I brush my horses tail like everyday! But I put conditioner in it first. None of her hairs come out. And I am glad she keeps her tail clean. When she is pooping She lifts her tail and throws it to the side. So nothing ever goes on her tail =D Some horses that I have seen have disgusting tails and rump areas. Blugh.

    I also do a lot of scrubbing because it is all mud here!
         
        01-28-2011, 05:43 AM
      #29
    Foal
    In winter the Tb wears her rug so she stays pretty clean, as she likes a good old roll it stops her getting too mucky. The rug is like a mud magnet! Our cob has a lightweight as she was stabled alot of the time by the previous owner, so that stops her getting a chill and mucky too.

    Shetlands... Are just mud magnets. It seems like they "wear their surroundings" like camp ponies! We give them a brush but don't over do it, just to get all the nasties and leaves off them!!
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        01-28-2011, 08:00 AM
      #30
    Foal
    Lately we've just had snow here, but even when we don't the ground is frozen and not muddy. If the horses do get dirty, I just curry curry curry. Another thing I've found to getting a dusty horse clean is to dip the end of a body brush in water and brush them. It works! Sampson stays blanketed so he doens't get dirty, but my big grey Percheron mare is always rolling in the dirt! >.<
         

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