Ok-dumb question...i'm new to all of this
What kind of grooming are you to do after riding? I mean, besides the feet, if you groomed prior to a ride, what are you to do after?
That's not a dumb question! ;) Well, for me, after I ride I curry &/or soft brush, especially the girth area. Summertime I rinse off if needed & sweat-scrape as well (if sweaty; if not that sweaty I sponge off)
Just brushing the horse off before turning them out is good.
In the summer when they're usually hot and sweaty I just hose them up and wipe off the excess water before I turn them out. And of course I pick the hooves.
In the winter I usually curry and then brush them off quick and if they're still sweaty I'll throw a cooler on him for a few minutes while I'm putting my stuff away. Then I pick his hooves, take the cooler off when he's dry and put his blanket on and turn him out.
That's not a dumb question at all! In the summer time I hose off my horses and get as much sweat off as possible. Then I use a sweat scraper to get off excess water. In the winter time I curry/brush (esp if they've worked up a sweat). Spring and fall is kind of up in the air between brushing or hosing off. :)
Usually it depends on what kinda work your doing and how much of it... but yeah usually in the summer i will hose my horse off to cool him down and wash all the sweat off him. But in the winter i usually take the tack off and you can see where you need to brush... be carefull to use a soft brush to not take any hair out or anything....
have fun riding :)
not a dumb question at all darling, the dumb question is the one that was never asked.
in the summer if i work him kind of hard or we do alot i hose him off then let him out,
in the winter if we worked some i take a soft brush and brush him down kind of slow so the sweat sort of dries, then let him go,
The exact same thing you did before tacking up :)
I hose off my horse if it warm enough, I sponge him if it's not (he always sweats). Then I do my horses feet and then I put hoof conditioner on. Then a I dry him off, curry comb, brush quickly, and apply stuff to his cuts.
I discovered (by asking dumb questions) that if I sponge/hose the sweat off my black horse, she doesn't fade as much. If I just turn her out, over time, she will start to turn sort of red in the saddle and girth area from the sweat bleaching the hair.
I also will clean her eyes nose and ears if we have been riding in wooded areas. Just to clear any spiders/webs and ticks off. I have to do the same to myself :shock:
After I ride, I curry (especially over the sweat marks) then take two soft brushes and go over the entire body. It's good for the circulation to brush all over, especially down the legs, after a work out.
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