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        09-23-2013, 01:14 PM
    I have never groomed with gloves (frankly, I rarely ride with them). They're just too restrictive, and I can never find ones that fit. Really, this is just about personal preference.
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        09-23-2013, 01:34 PM
    IMHO the best gloves to wear while grooming are the cheap, stretchy ones with the rubber pebbles on the hands. I like to use the gloves to hand-brush my horse's heads bc they like it.
        09-23-2013, 01:43 PM
    I'm a bare hand guy most of the time. If I have work gloves on for a project and decide a horse needs me to do something, then I don't bother to remove the work gloves. If my horses care about the difference, they've hidden their feelings well.

    When tacking up, I always have a bucket of water...helps for doing spot washes on them, and cleaning my hands before I ride.
        09-23-2013, 01:54 PM
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    I wear gloves when it's cold, but otherwise I generally don't.

    I don't think the horse cares whether you're wearing gloves or not, and I don't think gloves are going to do much for you in the way of hygiene unless they're waterproof with a fitted wrist and you're very diligent about ALWAYS washing your hands before putting them on.
        09-23-2013, 02:24 PM
    Only time I wear gloves is when trimming hooves....those rasps are sharp.
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        09-23-2013, 02:32 PM
    Gloves while grooming? Nope. I wear them when it's REALLY cold, but I prefer the ones that are fingerless with the little mitten top you can button over it - I need my fingers for the finer things like tacking up.

    Otherwise, I *Like* touching my horse when we groom. I like to be able to scratch her and feel her fur. The horse doesn't care, but I do. I accept the dirt as a part of owning a pastured livestock animal - I think if you're worried that much about hygiene, like another poster said, a barn is maybe not the place for you to be!
        09-23-2013, 10:56 PM
    Green Broke
    I never wear gloves either, only thing I wear is a mask over my nose and mouth cause I have allergies. Horse hair don't bother me but dirt darn near kills me lol.
        09-24-2013, 03:23 AM
    While the whole worry about dirty hands thing just amuses the snot outta me, you asked a question I have never heard. I don't know all that many horse people who are very concerned about being dirty during and after a ride.
    That said I do wear a glove or at least a mitt, with ol Spot a couple of times a year
    Scrubs em like nothing else.
        09-24-2013, 02:38 PM
    Green Broke
    Out of habit, I wear gloves and a helmut when I ride and drive, but I have to take them off to do ANYTHING else! I consider the dirt and germs on my horses as immuno-therapy. I have a very well stocked biotherm, no need for additional probiotics, lol!!

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        09-24-2013, 03:47 PM
    Green Broke
    The only time I have ever worn gloves while grooming a horse is when it's super cold outside as my hands will otherwise go numb. Like someone mentioned, if you're that concerned about hygiene then the barn probably isn't the place for you. I don't see avoiding dirt altogether as a very good hygiene practice to follow- look into the hygiene hypothesis Even if you're that concerned about it, washing your hands before eating should suffice.

    As far as the implications to the horse though? I doubt it matters one way or another to the horse. I agree that a closer contact with the horse (without gloves) is beneficial to detecting something out of the ordinary, but if you feel the need to wear gloves then go for it.

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