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post #1 of 6 Old 11-17-2008, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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winter grooming

In the winter I always brush my horses really well including their main and tail but recently I went out to a friends house who doesn't blanket her horses like I do and she said that she wont give them a good grooming till spring because she doesn't want to bring up the oils because they wont stay warm I was wondering if this is true I always thought you would brush up the oils and they would produce more.another thing is does this only apply to horses that are not blanketed
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-17-2008, 03:03 PM
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I dunno... My horses are otside 14/7 year round and I don't blanket... but I groom mine through winter... though I only give them a good 'full body groom from ears to hooves/mane and tail' once every two months...

Mine stay warm, anyway.

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There's nothing wrong with brushing your horse in the winter. It keep him/her clean. Grooming is always essential, in my opinion. I've never had a problem with my horse not being warm enough because I brushed her.

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You wouldn't want to use the shedding blade too much, and I wouldn't clip his ears, whiskers, or coronet band. If your horse has "feathers" I would leave them but clean them regularly to keep mud fever out.
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But has any one ever heard about the oils in thier coat ???
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-18-2008, 05:07 PM
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Yeah, but they get oilier and oilier the more you brush.
The dirt kinda isolates a bit too, making the coat warmer. But normal brushing is ok, tho it's not a good idea to wash them every second day or groom like every ride is a show :P
Keep it clean and fluffy but don't overdo it.
(dried mud etc makes the hairs stick together= colder coat)

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