Tips Of Grooming
#1 thing is daily grooming ! if you don't groom daily your horse is less shiny and beautiful
mane and tail
mane and tails are meant to be braided and kept in perfect condition
condition and detangle and comb it often !! keep it free from dirt and such
for shows braiding is the way to go for like english ummmmmm western they tend to leave it natural ( pfft natural with sooooooooo much detangler and shine )
here is the types of braid
^^^^^^^ diamond braid
groom daily and groom throughly to ensure beautifulness
sorry i gotta go
any questions about grooming ask
okay one more thing i found
For really white socks or stockings, dust the legs with baby powder, corn starch or French white chalk.
To cut down on static electricity in the mane and tail, use dryer sheets. One wipe-down through the hair will help eliminate static.
Rub a dab of baby oil along the bridle path to get rid of that chalky, just-clipped look and make it shiny.
For breeds that show with a patent-leather shiny hoof, fill in any old nail holes with a spackling compound that matches the color of your horse's hoof. For a black foot, the color of the compound won't matter. To polish the feet, use the wax-based, cake shoe polishes to add a deep luster to the foot while protecting it from the drying effects of hoof lacquer, which can be applied over the shoe polish.
When you don't need to pull the mane, use thinning shears to shorten it without having the chopped look of scissor cuts.
Clippers can give you the effect of a pulled tail, without having to pull out hairs. Run the clippers carefully along the outside of the dock and down about 4 to 6 inches, just up to the point where the hair begins to crest over. Thin the hairs along the top of the tail and blend longer hairs to gradually blend into the shorter ones.
Use setting gel when braiding to help stray or short wisps stay put in the braids.
Wash your horse a couple of days before the show so the oils of the coat have time to work to the surface for a natural shine. Keep a light sheet on to keep the coat clean until show day.
If you choose not to band a western horse's mane, lay a dampened towel over the neck to help the hairs lie down smoothly.
Keep a wrap on your horse's braided tail - temporarily - so that it arrives at the show grounds with the braid intact.
Apply only one coat of hoof oil or dressing if arena footing is deep. The oil will collect dirt, but the judge will know that you made the effort.
Instead of using rags to wipe down your horse, purchase inexpensive knit gloves (available at most drug or hardware stores) and apply the product directly to them. When you are finished, they can be washed.
For coarse tails, use a hot oil treatment in addition to your regular equine conditioner to soften the hairs and make them flow.
If your horse gets shavings in its braids, use a small, short-bristled brush to gently remove them without damaging any of your work.
If you clip the inside of your horse's ears, place cotton inside to prevent hairs from entering the ear canal and also to deaden the buzz of the clippers.
You sure you a lot of products...Horses should just be natural.
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I love grooming and braiding and such but if your horse is in it's pasture all the time you don't want to brush him every days beacuse he needs the natural oils in his coat, but continue doing what works for you!
^^ woh woh the horse i use is outside 24/7 she lives outside brushing does not do much to the natural oils only washing does ....... like soap and water horses SHOULD be brushed at least once a day ...........
I like the natural look for Western riding :) Braiding is fun (I plait their tails and manes occasionally), but I just love a natural flowing mane :D
Some good tips, but I don't groom every day, especially biting cold or dreary rainy days.
Braiding my guys mane caused a lot of damage to it. Maybe I did it wrong but he lost a lot of hair. I haven't braided since and his hair is long strong and shiny...
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That's interesting that you say to brush mane often. My uncle and aunt have an arabian ranch and all of their horses have gorgeous, 2ft+ long manes, and everyone asks them how they get so long. He says the biggest thing is to brush it ONLY before a show, and that grooming too-often breaks the hairs, no matter how gently you groom, and takes the natural oils out of it.
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