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Almond Joy 06-22-2012 06:32 PM

Who Else Loves Grooming?
Who else loves grooming their horses? I could spend at least an hour and a half per horse just brushing. The horses seem to like it too :) My instructor actually said to me, while grooming before a lesson, "Star doesn't have to be pristine just for a lesson. Just brush off where the saddle will go."
I find it a great bonding experience for the horse and the rider. It gives me time to get ready for a lesson/ride and what I'd like to focus on. I think it also relaxes the horse.

So who else is grooming crazy like me? What's your favorite parts of grooming?

EmilyLovesHorses 06-22-2012 06:40 PM

I do! (:
I love currycombing Eli because he always makes funny faces. (:

Endiku 06-22-2012 06:49 PM

I do as well. I think Sour actually likes grooming sessions less than I do XD but with all of that gorgeous shoulder length mane and floor length tail, its a good thing I enjoy it! O_o theres always plenty of knots to untangle and burrs to pull out. haha

Wallaby 06-22-2012 06:54 PM

That's one of my favorite things about owning a horse (I used to wish I could spend a lot of time grooming in lessons but I also really wanted to ride so intensively grooming lost out to riding).

I'll often just go up to see Lacey and spend 45 minutes grooming her. She, of course, hates it (she's basically the kind of horse you can see screeching "Mommmmm! She's TOUCHING me again!!") but it's good for her to be patient and she's coming around, I think.

I make all my lesson kids groom before they ride, I think it's an important part of gaining "feel" for the horse they're working with.

Endiku 06-22-2012 07:01 PM

^^^ ahahaha, thats exactly how Sour is. She'sgenerally a very well mannered little gal (I force her to be. The whole man eating thing was really doing bad things for her reputation) but if I do more than a quick brush down she starts giving me some nasty faces xD she's just not a touchy feely kind of horse. She wants to be going somewhere doing something all.the.time. And if she's not, then in her mind, she should be eating. And she can't exactly be eating when I'm trying to do a complicated five-strand braid on her forelock, now can she?

grayshell38 06-22-2012 07:09 PM

Thelma demands no less than 20 minutes of brushing even if we don't go riding. I find it soothing and I like to take the time to look her over thoroughly. I have found a ton of old and deep scars all over her back legs. I am certain those have something to do with why she is so bad about ropes on her legs. :(

She doesn't even need to be tied. She just stands in the aisle, doors wide open, not even a halter on. She's a good girl. But, Oh man! If I miss one day of brushing her, woo!! Do I get the stink eye. lol. I enjoy it very much when it is Thelma. Mana is not so patient and makes the whole thing kind of miserable if it takes too long.

goingnowhere1 06-22-2012 09:41 PM

I think it would be painful to have a person on you (and saddles do shift no matter how tight the girth) and dirt rubbing where there is pressure. I get annoyed when sand rubs my foot in a sandal, imagine having 59lbs sitting ontop of that! I also show so when you groom well, frequently than you are getting their coat pretty.

kittersrox 06-22-2012 09:42 PM

I love grooming my horse! My mom loves brushing him too. One day she was saying she wished she could get a job grooming horses all day.

I feel like grooming is therapeutic/relaxing so when my grandma died a few weeks ago I had my grandpa brush Lookit. :)

Skyseternalangel 06-22-2012 09:44 PM

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I absolutely love grooming my horse, but my arm gets so tired (he's a big boy lol!) by the time I'm done. It's a workout in of itself!

But it's definitely a great way to bond

Silent one 06-22-2012 09:51 PM

Love, love the grooming part. My horses will stand forever to be groomed, they like for me to get all the itchy spots. I like to give baths and clip them too!

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