Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Feet picked and inspected--cowboy logic, feet first!
ANY place where the tack goes is clean.
Combed out mane and tail.
I'm not as fussy about the legs, but I do dandy brush everywhere before I ride, but I don't mind leaving some dirt there and on the neck and flanks if it looks like the brushing will take longer than the ride does.
Summer riding, I do a total brushing before I ride, and flywipe. I do the "football-type" under the eye smear of SWAT to keep the flies away from their eyes. I avoid putting it above the eyes bc it might sweat into them.
IMO brushing is really important bc you'll catch those cuts and scrapes you don't readily see and you can treat them before the ride. My horses live/get turned out in a herd, so they get nicks from playing with each other. It comes with the territory. =D
Last edited by Corporal; 12-12-2011 at 11:55 AM.