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  • Is it normal for a horse to be muddy and have burrs in its mane

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    12-04-2011, 09:23 PM
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All parts of the horse that will be in contact with tack or leg are well brushed and free of mud, muck and gunk, and the feet are picked. I'll usually do a whole body curry and brush beforehand too, but that's because we both like grooming time, not because I really think it's strictly necessary before a ride. When it's muddy I don't worry about trying to get the legs clean though, it's impossible until it dries out.

I don't usually do anything with the mane or tail... I thought that combing/brushing them too often resulted in too much damage and broken hairs? I've usually done them once or twice a month.
     
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    12-04-2011, 09:27 PM
  #12
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Originally Posted by Sharpie    
All parts of the horse that will be in contact with tack or leg are well brushed and free of mud, muck and gunk, and the feet are picked. I'll usually do a whole body curry and brush beforehand too, but that's because we both like grooming time, not because I really think it's strictly necessary before a ride. When it's muddy I don't worry about trying to get the legs clean though, it's impossible until it dries out.

I don't usually do anything with the mane or tail... I thought that combing/brushing them too often resulted in too much damage and broken hairs? I've usually done them once or twice a month.
if you brush while conditioned it is no problem. You are right though, if brushed EVERY day while not being conditioned... not a pretty ending. Nuff said.
     
    12-04-2011, 09:31 PM
  #13
Foal
I don't wash my horse before I ride but I do make sure he is completely spotless. Mane and tail tangle/shaving free and that there is no mud or dirt on him. I also always hose off his hooves to get rid of any mud.
     
    12-06-2011, 02:56 PM
  #14
Foal
Being I ride my fella bareback just about all the time, he gets a good cleaning. We have so much sand that can get in so many places...and I can only imagine with being so close impact with his skin what the sand between us would feel like. He gets a good brush, fly spray year around [being it hardly gets cold enough to kill flys], a good hoof pickin and his mane and tail brushed.
     
    12-06-2011, 03:18 PM
  #15
Weanling
If I did everything before a ride I'd spend the whole day grooming! In the winter/crappy weather I usually pick out the hooves, make sure there are no sores, and get dirt/mud off areas where tack will go. After the ride I do a thorough brush and turn him back into a mud pit:) But in the summer/nice days I will make him spotless....just feels better riding a clean horse.
     
    12-06-2011, 03:18 PM
  #16
Yearling
It really depends on the season. In summer and Winter when theres no mud etc the grooming is quicker. I still do a once over with all my brush's but its not as vigorous. I make sure his face, girth, and saddle spots are clean and his feet picked.

Now Mud season(s) is a completly diffrent story because my boy is a role-aholic lol so i'll stick him in the wash stall first, and spray off his hooves and lower legs. Then we move to regular crossties and he gets a whole body scrub. I usually get all the chunks of hard mud off first with a sweat scraper (might have diff names else wear, and don't worry I don't use it on his face, legs, or other boney bits), then curry comb everywhere currycomb-able, then hardbrush/dandy brush and so on and so forth (im sure you don't need me to go through all the brush's lol). Sometimes ill do his mane and tail but not all the time. Though I do need to brush out his mane once every week-2 weeks (espeshally in fly season when he's always shaking his head ) or he gets some nice looking dread locks and starts to resemble Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Carribean LOL. Its basicly impossible to get all the dust/sand out of his coat though, you pat him and it basicly errupts from him. Haha and right now its to cold to give him a bath unless I want to stall him and blanket him until he's dry, and it would be pointless because in 5 hours tops he'd have rolled again. Lol

The longest i'v taken to groom him completly was about 45 minuits give or take. That was including mane and tale.



^^^ I would like to point out that, that is not his dirtiest, he can do better
     
    12-06-2011, 03:26 PM
  #17
mls
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Originally Posted by ropergirl    
Okay,keep in mind this is not about clean enough to show but just for riding!Alot of people think that they are clean enough to ride is "cowboy clean".
Cowboy clean?

Back in the days when the cowboy depended on his horse for his livelihood, you can be darn sure the horse was well taken care of.
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    12-06-2011, 07:14 PM
  #18
Trained
I have two jobs and a house, so he gets as clean as I have time for. Feet are always picked and saddle/girth area is always cleaned. The rest is up to the clock.
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    12-06-2011, 08:32 PM
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Originally Posted by mls    
Cowboy clean?

Back in the days when the cowboy depended on his horse for his livelihood, you can be darn sure the horse was well taken care of.
Absolutely. But, does a horse need to have a freshly washed and combed mane and tail to go out and work all day? What if he knees are a little dirty? I think there's still a difference between 'cowboy clean' ie: clean where it counts to work well and prevent any sores or galls from sweat, tack, and dirt and 'show clean' where they need to look spotless. I've never seen a big old green poop stain on the hip or face bother a cow horse.
     
    12-07-2011, 10:59 AM
  #20
mls
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Originally Posted by Sharpie    
Absolutely. But, does a horse need to have a freshly washed and combed mane and tail to go out and work all day? What if he knees are a little dirty? I think there's still a difference between 'cowboy clean' ie: clean where it counts to work well and prevent any sores or galls from sweat, tack, and dirt and 'show clean' where they need to look spotless. I've never seen a big old green poop stain on the hip or face bother a cow horse.
That is not what I said. I believe the comment I quoted was meant to say that cowboys DON'T clean their horses very well. I'm very sure they did (do) a better job at checking for rocks in hooves and ensuring the saddle pad doesn't have burrs than most of the folks on here do.
     

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