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When do you think a horse is clean enough to ride?

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    12-07-2011, 01:23 PM
"Clean enough" is when nothing will rub and cause irritation or sores.

That said, on a normal day I spend about an hour grooming before I ride. There have only been a few times when I've stopped at "clean enough."

"Clean enough" for bareback riding, on the other hand, depends on whether or not I have to stop at any stores on the way home ;)
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    12-07-2011, 07:01 PM
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Clean enough for me is no dirt/clumps/nastiness where my tack will be. We don't necessarily pick feet every ride, but I'll usually check. Lucky has very odd feet, and not much of anything sticks..she has rather flat feet, not sure what it would actually be called though.
For shows, I'll try and get BO to leave her stalled for the night and I'll brush her that day before for a good hour to make her spotless, and then do spot cleaning the next morning. That's not needed at all for an everyday ride though. Anything under tack is cleaned, and burrs are taken out of mane/tail if present.
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    12-08-2011, 07:27 PM
At home (Germany) we actually have to buy everyone watching a drink if they spot shavings or straw in our horse's tail! :) You start to perfect those grooming skills after a couple of rounds!
    12-09-2011, 04:42 AM
WInter - I do face saddle area and girth - then pic out hooves - other mud can stay - they get a better brush after as I don't have lights to ride by...

Summer good brush all over - hooves picked out

I never brush tails unless they have been washed - and usually that's for a show
    12-09-2011, 04:47 AM
Hooves picked out, good curry comb all over, groomed, face brushed and mane and tail done so there are no shavings. I've always been praised on having a good shine to my horses' coats from elbow grease. In the summer I hose down after I ride, but I don't generally bath the horses with soap.
    12-09-2011, 04:48 AM
Originally Posted by BarnQueen    
At home (Germany) we actually have to buy everyone watching a drink if they spot shavings or straw in our horse's tail! :) You start to perfect those grooming skills after a couple of rounds!

HAHA I fell foul of that one a couple of times!!
Also wearing spurs in the bar as well. We have to buy a crate of coke for that.
    12-11-2011, 01:55 AM
I spend an hour cleaning him before I ride. Mainly focusing on his feet and legs as he has his blanket on this time of year and they get FILTHY!

During summer I bathe him once every 2 weeks or so.

But I curry, dandy brush, then finish with a finishing soft brush. Clean inside his ears, nose, around his tail.
    12-11-2011, 02:10 AM
I rarely settle for "clean enough." They are brushed from head to tail and everything in between. Feet are picked out. I do it before AND after I get back. My reasoning for this is that I ride my horses because I absolutely love it. It warms my heart and there isn't much that I love as much as being on the back of one of my horses. I want my horses to enjoy riding too. So they get groomed until their hearts are content before and after riding. And believe it or not, they practically BEG me to ride them. They LOVE it, just like I do, and THAT is why I do it.
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    12-11-2011, 04:18 AM
I make sure all areas that will be touched by tack are brushed and as clean as they can be and any mud is scraped off. Feet are also picked before the ride.

Sorry, but if I spent an hour cleaning Aires before tacking up, I'd have one pissed off, antsy, bored-as-hell two-year-old on my hands. Our BO will actually come out and tell you to hurry up and saddle your **** horse if you take longer than 15 minutes grooming before a ride. We had a girl at our barn that would literally groom her horses for two hours before she would even think about tacking them up. Her horses were always antsy, pissed off and difficult to handle by the time she tacked them up, but she could never understand why. The one time the trainer helped her out and groomed and saddled her horse for her, she did it in 15 minutes (start of grooming to finished tacking up) and the horse was an absolute angel through the process and through the ride.

Your horses must be absolute saints to not be bored/antsy/pissy after an hour standing there waiting to be tacked up while you make sure they're squeaky clean.
    12-11-2011, 05:05 AM
I groom the areas affected by tack and pick out hooves, that's it.

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