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

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        12-12-2011, 12:00 PM
    I always pick out his feet first, then I curry him and all the stuff. If his mane and tail are either really tangled or filled with shavings I brush them and spray detangler on them. I like to be thorough every time I groom my horse or any horse so I can pick up any sort of skin issues or cuts before they have a chance to get bad. I like my horse to be pretty spotless when I ride, which can be difficult considering how much he just loves to role in mud every chance he gets!
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        12-13-2011, 07:54 AM
    Originally Posted by Corporal    
    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.
    Good point, and also ticks!
    I've had days when I did my long grooming and pulled out many ticks
    I'd ask others around if they had any, and they'd say they didn't notice any (they just did a quick grooming). So we'd check their horse, and sure enough, we'd find several.
        12-13-2011, 08:17 AM
    I ALWAYS brush the coat (until no mud on, although they still stay dusty, especially in winter), clean the hoofs, and brush the tail/mane before the ride. The hoofs simply should be a must. I'm always appalled when trail and/or lesson horses often don't get a pick on hoofs.
        12-14-2011, 12:13 AM
    As long as there is not much or sticks or anything like that where the tack hits they are clean enough to ride. Heck there are times they still have mud on their rear when I go for a ride.
        12-14-2011, 01:19 AM
    I have always been from the school that it is respectful to the horse to have him well groomed before every ride. I pick all the shavings out of the tail (i don't brush or comb it) and do a full curry, rag, dandy cycle over their body and of course pick hooves and thoroughly clean the legs and head. I like miracle groom on a rag to get all the dust off.

    At shows and away from home, before the horse leaves the stall even for a walk he is groomed and a scrim put on.

    I am old school though. It is respectful and my coach expects it from her students. For lessons we are fully turned out, minus braiding and we are informally dressed. But white pools, a belt, tucked in shirt, polished boots and a bit of laser sheen are the "norm"...
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        12-14-2011, 07:03 PM
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    I'll always do the saddle/girth area and pick out the hooves, but the rest really depends on if I'm late for a lesson or not.

    I don't usually bathe my horse unless I'm going to a show (which isn't as often as I'd like... ) as I'd rather preserve the horse's natural oils than strip them off.

    If I have lots of time I'll do a thorough all-over brushing, comb out the mane and tail, and throw in some stretches for good measure.
        12-14-2011, 08:13 PM
    My boys are just at a small "back yard"ish kind of barn, so no luxury of a wash stall. If you want your horse to be clean where we're at - the good 'ol hose and lead rope come out and you get to chase your often unwilling mount around in circles with a short hose, with less than adequate water pressure. And did I mention I live in Canada? So baths are usually only done in the summer/early fall :p

    Normally, I get all the big hunks of muck and dirt off - normally with some elbow grease and a plastic curry comb - and then I'll rinse the brush out with warm water, dry it off and do the rest of the body, legs, neck, etc. Basically whatever parts that weren't covered in gunk. But I pay special attention to where the tack sits with the curry comb.

    Then comes the body brush, go all over the body - again paying special attention to the tack areas. And then the feet get picked out.

    If I decide to use leg wraps instead of boots (the insides of the boots are cleaned after every use, so they're stick on and go), I'll brush down the legs again before I wrap.

    ... holy crap I never realized how much work goes into horseback riding, before the actual riding even comes into play! :p
        12-15-2011, 02:43 PM
    If he looks clean, off we go!

    Although, his feet get picked out first. And I usually handpick out a few burs from his mane. And feel around where his tack is going to go to make sure there's not something hidden there. I work two jobs and ride my greenie six days a week to keep him remembering his job, so often I'm a little crunched for time and want to get in the saddle and moving. On my days off I usually go out for a more thorough grooming session so we can have the relaxing, undemanding hangout time. Milo is a surprisingly clean horse overall, though.
        12-16-2011, 05:13 PM
    Everyone at my barn just grooms (curry comb then a hard brush and picks hooves) their horse before a ride and that's it and bathe the horse AFTER when he/she is sweaty
        12-20-2011, 01:32 PM
    Before a ride a quick brush over to remove visible mud and dirt, wipe eyes and nostril, pick out feet.

    After the ride, I rarely ever hose or bath my horses! Spoonge sweaty areas and towel dry. Put rug on inside out to allow horse to dry. Once dry brush thoroughly all over, pick out feet and oil.

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