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post #1 of 13 Old 10-20-2010, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
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Who else here just loves to groom? I rarely ever ride my horse any more, but I groom him for 3 or 4 hours a day. Anyone else insane like me?
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post #2 of 13 Old 10-20-2010, 01:57 PM
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I love grooming my horses--I spend more time grooming them and doing groundwork exercises than I do riding. I am forced to spend under 1/2 hour grooming each of them, as I don't have much free time with college and all.

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post #3 of 13 Old 10-20-2010, 02:33 PM
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I think it is very important to groom them. Teaches them patience, tolerance, and creates bonding time. I don't spend hours on end lol, maybe 20 minutes?

It's mostly groundwork and riding when I work with them. =)

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post #4 of 13 Old 10-20-2010, 03:25 PM
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I probably spen 30 minutes grooming and tacking up before I ride. Then maybe.....20 minutes after riding for grooming
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post #5 of 13 Old 10-20-2010, 04:45 PM
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Originally Posted by ChevyPrincess View Post
I think it is very important to groom them. Teaches them patience, tolerance, and creates bonding time. I don't spend hours on end lol, maybe 20 minutes?

It's mostly groundwork and riding when I work with them. =)
This is how I pretty much feel, I spend about 20-45 mins grooming my gelding.

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post #6 of 13 Old 10-20-2010, 06:24 PM
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I love grooming. Over the summer when I have boatloads of time, I will at least once a week spend a solid hour grooming. Not only does she look pretty, but it makes a really thorough grooming of the same caliber take only 20 minutes!
Its so relaxing though. Whenever I fall off, I spend a while in the stall grooming. Not only does it help calm me down, I can tell by the end whether I'm mad at the horse. It depends on whether I say "Why is this taking so LONG to get that one spot on her but clean??" or "It'll be so easy to groom her tomorrow! What a good girl!" Grooming is great.
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post #7 of 13 Old 10-20-2010, 07:52 PM
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i love grooming, but i always have to do the majority of it after a ride (unless we're going to show of course) because bubbles is an impatient twit when she knows we're going for a ride lol. I spent 2 hours grooming her with just my fingernails and latex gloves, but thats cause she's maulting like mad... honestly dads gonna have my head when he see's his lawn absolutely covered in bay hair :L... but atleast he knows i DO groom her right? lol

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post #8 of 13 Old 10-20-2010, 08:09 PM
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I haven't a lot of time to groom nowadays, but I think it's pretty important. They always get brushed down before and after a ride, and a quick soft brush on the side if I'm just out there delivering hay. With college and them being so far away, lately I rarely have more than 30 minutes to spend on grooming. But hopefully this will change soon. If they were in my backyard I'd be sure to give them a nice groom most days, even days when I wasn't doing anything else with 'em.
I find it relaxing.
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post #9 of 13 Old 10-20-2010, 08:41 PM
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I like grooming alot! Its great for bonding, and you really get to know every square inch of your horse. I usually only spend 20 min. before and after on most days - but once a week or so I do a thorough grooming, complete with a rub down with towels like they do to race and show horses! I am also working on taming her mane - so I take it down and re-do it once a week. I love the way she looks and smells all clean! I am the only english person at my farm - and I'm also the only one that shows at all, and the only one that spends any serious amount of time grooming. My horse's coat makes all the others look really sad!!

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post #10 of 13 Old 10-20-2010, 09:03 PM
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I love grooming. Its calming, and its a great thing to do when you are trying to teach your horse patience. I spend a lot of time just grooming my Arabian mare, as she does still get a little bit frustrated when I ask her to stand for more than say 15 minutes, so I groom her for maybe 30-45 minutes, then turn her out, sometimes I'll get on her, and then I take her back up and groom her for another 20 minutes or so. I have everyone at the stables amazed, cause she ground ties like a dream, which apparently for a 5 year old Arabian is not easy. She absolutely loves to be brushed, and it gives me a great opportunity to really examine every inch of her, and make sure that she doesn't have any hidden injuries. I used to do a lot of grooming with my horses during the summer back in high school when I had plenty of time on my hands, and just wanted to hang out with my horse.
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