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    12-11-2011, 06:36 AM
  #31
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
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.

:O Duffy, and my other horses, adore being groomed! The only irritation is summer with flies. They stand, put up a hind leg and doze! Two hours IS a bit extreme, I will admit, but I think nothing on a weekend of a good 40minute groom as week days are the quick ones. Saying that... I have more horse to groom than most of you
     
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    12-11-2011, 07:56 AM
  #32
Weanling
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
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.
My horse LOVES being groomed. He stands perfectly still, dozing off. The only time he moves is if I get one of those "good" spots, in which case he leans into me and the lips start going.
I have groomed him for 2+ hours several times, and usually spend about an hour. I also often go and just groom, without riding at all. When I do ride, he's an angel under saddle.
     
    12-11-2011, 08:18 AM
  #33
Trained
I would never groom my horse for 2 hrs, unless you include getting show ready [braiding and grooming !] even if I did I would expect her to stand nicely and be well behaved !

When I had 3 horses I really didnt spend too much time grooming. Now that im down to 2 [and I mostly just ride gypsy, scout is pretty busy being part leased to 2 people] I try to spend more time grooming her body, not just where the tack goes. I don't pick her feet right now because she just got snow pads, but I put keratex on them at least 1-2x a week. I also never brush her tail unless im at a show and I rarely brush her mane.

In the summer I bathe her after I ride, but its too cold for that now. Im worried she's going to need a trace clip, but so far as long as I give her a lot of walk breaks she doesnt get too sweaty. I've been putting a cooler on her and currying her TONS after my rides.

On days I don't ride I take her blanket off and brush her a little so she's not itchy !
     
    12-11-2011, 08:24 AM
  #34
Showing
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
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.

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.
Sky used to have a TERRIBLE time relaxing. He didn't even like being brushed. So I just did a little each day and then put him away (instead of working him or whatnot) and he slowly became a huge fan. Now I can literally scrub every bit of him clean, sweep the alley, and put my grooming stuff away and fetch my tack and he stands there very relaxed and happy.

But yeah it's teaching them patience, and it feels good when they let loose and relax around their peeps :)
     
    12-11-2011, 09:55 AM
  #35
Yearling
When the areas that the tack go on are as clean as I can get them without being show ready and the hooves are picked. Any mud will be off the horse and as much of the loose dirt and dust as I can get.
     
    12-11-2011, 11:45 AM
  #36
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[QUOTE=DraftyAiresMum= 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.[/QUOTE]

I am not sure that it takes me an hour. Sometimes it might, but not always. I groom them from head to tail almost everyday anyways, so it usually doesn't take long to do it. And I am not going to say that they are saints, but they stand to be groomed, and sometimes fall asleep. They just love it. Its also how I have always done it, so they know its part of the ride.

I have a 2 year old Percheron, and she has to be crosstied because she gets antsy after 15 minutes or so. So I understand what you're saying about Aires. Eventually my girl will get used to it and she'll understand that its part of the ride. I also don't ride her yet, my trainer does only.
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    12-11-2011, 11:50 AM
  #37
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
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.
I am not sure that it takes me an hour. Sometimes it might, but not always. I groom them from head to tail almost everyday anyways, so it usually doesn't take long to do it. And I am not going to say that they are saints, but they stand to be groomed, and sometimes fall asleep. They just love it. Its also how I have always done it, so they know its part of the ride.

I have a 2 year old Percheron, and she has to be crosstied because she gets antsy after 15 minutes or so. So I understand what you're saying about Aires. Eventually my girl will get used to it and she'll understand that its part of the ride. I also don't ride her yet, only my trainer does. She is a bit thick headed, so she's still figuring out her cues and what she is supposed to do. I am hoping to ride her this summer.
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    12-11-2011, 12:51 PM
  #38
Weanling
In winter, usually its just anywhere tack goes, legs, neck (unrugged) and possibly mane because if you want a decent ride in daylight hours that's what you have to do round here! Feet are obvious- twice a day no exception, 3 times when worked (morning, before + after ride)

Apart from anything, making horses sqeeky clean in winter isn't realy that great for them because the oils and that in their coat that we groom out are naturally there to keep em waterproof!

Alli gets fidgity when she gets plaited so I take a break halfway through and pootle around the field for 5 minutes to get the ants outa her pants! When im giving her a good thourgh groom (ie for lessons ) she can stand there for ages loving the attention though haha!
     
    12-12-2011, 07:15 AM
  #39
Yearling
Ella takes a while to groom because she loves a good hard curry almost everywhere her scratchy face makes me laugh so I might spend 10 mins some days scrubbing. 2 odd mins with the dandy quick once over with the body brush saddle feet and boots and were on the way. So maybe 20 mins if I'm taking my time. I try to give her mane a quick finger comb or brush so the combos don't rub it out.

Prin 5-10 mins till the saddles on. Feet, quick going over with all 3 brushes quick mane brush and done.
     
    12-12-2011, 11:51 AM
  #40
Trained
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
     

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