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    09-24-2013, 05:38 PM
  #21
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Originally Posted by Equestrian1    
current equestrian facility (where they teach great natural horsemanship), they advised me not to wear any gloves while brushing, grooming, cleaning hooves, etc...because the horse has to feel your natural touch, etc....
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In all honesty, what do gloves have to do with "natural horsemanship?"
Maybe hand picking horse poop would be more natural too. Actually, letting it pile up would be really natural. Kind of silly.......

The use of gloves is a personal preference. I rarely use them because, quite honestly, I can never remember where I put them.
I am in complete support of most NH methods. These methods have been around a lot longer than many people realize. I wonder if the Dorance brothers used gloves. Hmmmm.

Not meaning to be snarky but this kind of thing makes NH look, well, sort of sappy.
     
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    09-24-2013, 05:44 PM
  #22
Green Broke
^NH always looks a little sappy xD
     
    09-24-2013, 06:12 PM
  #23
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I suffer with eczema and the horses make it worse so I have to wear gloves as much as possible - It really makes no difference to the horses reactions or feel at all.
At least they've never mentioned it to me.
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    09-25-2013, 04:22 AM
  #24
Foal
I never wear gloves and even when it is cold, after a few minutes grooming, my hands get really warm

I personally love the contact between my hands and the horse's fur and it is easier for me to detect any lumps or bruises.

I just wash my hands very well later and try not to scratch my eyes.

And I actually hate to depart from the "horsey" smell left on my hands after grooming!
     
    09-27-2013, 02:56 AM
  #25
Showing
Would you believe I have to wear leather gloves with one horse, a black, to even touch him if I have anything on that has nylon in it. We emit tiny sparks. I feel them with my fingertips and I can tell he's feeling them more. So, on go the gloves. This doesn't happen with the other horse, a bay.
     
    09-27-2013, 08:57 AM
  #26
Weanling
I groom without gloves for the sole purpose of touching my soft, fuzzy horse. but IMPO he doesn't care, as lung as a scratch his neck.
     
    09-27-2013, 09:45 AM
  #27
Foal
I've only ever worn gloves when its very cold out. Even with sheath cleaning I don't really get the point considering most of the gunk ends up inside the gloves.

A little dirt is good for ya, and if you're concerned about germs while grooming your horse I promise there are much dirtier things involved with the proper care of horses.
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    09-27-2013, 12:51 PM
  #28
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I do not wear gloves when grooming summer or winter (then we do not get the extremes of cold you can get in places of the US)

The reason I do not wear gloves is because bare handed I can feel any heat changes, swellings or pimples.

As for being more hygienic, who the heck cares? The old saying "You have to eat a bushel of dirt before you die." Should ring true, I groom, will poo pick with my bare hands, trim sheep's feet, dag them (clip their dirty trousers) and because I am a distance from home, stop and eat a sandwich when I am hungry. The hygiene part comes in when I a) wipe my hands down my trousers in a vague attempt to clean them, b) assume that the purple spray I have used on their feet will somewhat sterilise the germs, c) when eating the sandwich I hold one end that throw that piece to the dogs.

I never have any tummy problems and only rarely do I get a cold and the only time I ever had the flu was when I was working in an office and not with horses.
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    09-27-2013, 01:00 PM
  #29
Showing
I also only wear gloves when it's super cold outside and my horses don't seem to care one way or the other.

Oh, and Saddlebag, you might try grooming black horse with a dryer sheet to get rid of the static.

As for the hygiene part of it, I agree with Foxhunter. I will sometimes wash my hands if I go into a restaurant after working all day (mostly because my dirty hands gross other people out), but I often eat off my dirty hands and I've yet to get even a little sick from it. Just imagine, you go outside on a windy day and you're eating dirt the whole time you're out there. Every time you groom, you're breathing in hair and dust particles. Every time you ride...the same. If you're already getting that much dirt into your system, how can not washing your hands suddenly be so bad?

My only exceptions to that are when dealing with something that might be contagious like fungus or infections. If I get my hands covered with thrush or pus from lancing an abscess or something, then I'll wash them with soap before eating just because the idea of purposefully putting that stuff in my mouth grosses me out LOL.
     
    09-27-2013, 01:01 PM
  #30
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I put it this way - if you want clean hands all the time, wear gloves - but it still won't always help.

I have never worn gloves, I only do in the winter, but even then I don't wear them when I groom my horse.
     

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