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Bakkir is my first Arabian and I know that they are groomed differently from other breeds. While I really don't need to keep him ready to show, I love a clean horse and well he is grey horse.

So I would love to hear grooming tips from the Arab people here.

I have no idea how well he bathes, but I am expecting a fuss to be made. Right now he stands quietly to be groomed and handled. But I haven't tried clipping him yet - lol!

I would also love to know how to do a good running braid.
 

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I've had Arabians for over 30 years and I wasn't aware they're groomed differently than other breeds. :?

They get brushed, bathed, and clipped the same as any other beastie, so I'm not sure what you're asking.

If you want to keep him 'show clipped', you'll have to do the insides of his ears, his muzzle, any long facial hairs, his fetlocks, the hair on his coronet bands, and a fairly long halter path, also known as a bridle path. Except for the longer than normal halter path, all the other breeds do the same thing.

Show clipping for winter is different because it involves body clipping, and depends on what discipline you ride.

Arabians are just horses, dear. There's nothing truly different about their grooming, clipping or bathing than other breeds.

I have a fleabitten grey. If you want them to be as bright and clean as possible, use QuicSilver. It's kind of pricey though, and I only use it every so often. Most of the time my horses get bathed with Suave shampoo.
 

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I know horses are horses and elbow grease is the way to keep a horse clean, shiny and healthy.

He is my 6th horse - but my first soon to be white one!

Hmmm, I have been told that there is a difference is grooming an Arab. Maybe its just for showing?

Thanks for the tip on QuicSilver. I will try it. Vetrolin is not really working for him. He like to use his manure as a pillow.
 

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It must be a grey horse thing, because Casper does the exact same thing! :lol:

Does the bay or chestnut lay in their poo? No. Just the grey!
The one good thing about having a buckskin, manure spots do not show.


I will second the quicksilver idea. It works great on white legs.
 

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arabians are the same as any other horse with
washing. LOL. some like it some don't.

you might try using a vacuum between baths
it gets the loose hairs and the dirt.


for the green spots, apple cider vinegar works good.
 

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Hmmm, I have been told that there is a difference is grooming an Arab. Maybe its just for showing?
Likely as Speedracer mentioned - just the clipping of the bridle path. Stock horses - lay the ear back and clip the same length. Arabs - clip to the crest of the neck to add elegance.

I quit clipping bridle paths a few years ago. The cattle we work really don't care!
 

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Sometimes if you're showing at class A arabian shows, you might clip their face a bit differently than you would another horse..
A lot of people create a "v" on the horses face, when clipping. Here's a diagram;
Arabian Breeders Network -> Gallery -> Viewing image -> clipping diagram

And then people often use a razor blade to take off any extra hair over the muzzle, cheekbones & eyes.. to make them appear more "elegant". Like this;
http://www.rivervalleyarabians.com/photos/mares/echo.jpg
Obviously the horse is a chestnut, so they in order to get the black look on the face, they would shave it with a razor and then use baby oil or gel to make their features stand out.
 

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In regards to an Arabian's mane...you would do a running braid when showing Hunter or Dressage instead of the button braids as Arabians have long manes. My advice for Dressage is to braid as close to the crest (almost on top) as you can, but not too tight! (It's the same feeling we get with a tight ponytail!)

If you are showing Arabian Halter, eye and muzzle enhancer are used.

These are a couple differences in "show grooming" compared to other breeds.

Have Fun!
 

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Hmm... I didn't know that they actually used a razor blade in addition to the normal clippers on an Arabians face, but it does explain how they end up getting that muzzle looking so sleek and shiny, and not at all fuzzy lol. I have a 4 year old grey Arabian, and after the first time of looking at me like I was insane for even suggesting that she get hosed off, she hasn't given me any problems. She's a bit picky about her ears though, but since I'm not showing her anytime soon, I've got the time to work with her. Fortunately she's still quite dark, so all the poop spots are still not very noticable lol.
 

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Oh, the only other thing I've noticed about Arabs in general, though obviously there are plenty of exceptions in all breed, is that she is just a drama queen. Every little thing is worthy of a look, and snort, so I've had to learn to read when she's just over reacting, and when something is truly scaring her. She sliced open her leg yesterday, and I know it hurt bad, but she still made it seem like the whole world was ending. Made it fun for my vet lol. She is also "terrified' of the white bandage that is now on her leg, though only when she knows people are watching.
 

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I did it! I was able to do a full running braid on Bakkir. He was sooo good! Even with all the distraction, two kids & two dogs running around. Its going to be warm over the next couple of days so he's nekked. Let's see how muddy he gets - lol!
 

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Thanks for all the info on clipping. I will probably try it a few times for photo's as he grows and matures.
 

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umm they have the clipping of the crest like 6 inches and that all iknow!!
 

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I ride an arabian during lessons and we use any other grooming utensils(SP?) and techneces(sp again?) that any horse would use. But Jessie's nickname at the stable is Messie Jessie.lol. She has some dirt,poo packed hooves that call "pick me out!"lol she is me messie gal!But beside that I think all horses should be groomed like any horse.
 

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I've often wondered if whites or greys dirty themselves more to protect their skin from the sun...but they certainly seem to do it a lot more than darker colors!
 

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I've often wondered if whites or greys dirty themselves more to protect their skin from the sun...but they certainly seem to do it a lot more than darker colors!
i heard from somewhere that they do that so they get picked on less by other horses? i have a feeling that might not be right...lol
 

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I've often wondered if whites or greys dirty themselves more to protect their skin from the sun...but they certainly seem to do it a lot more than darker colors!
Probably not, since their skin is black. Like all horses, the only pink skin they have is where they'd have white markings if they weren't all-over grey.

Greying is caused by a gene; it's not really a coat color, although we refer to it as such.

The only places Casper and Cloud sunburn are where they have pink skin, just like any other horse. :)
 

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interesting thread...i have a grey arab mare and wasnt even aware that they clip and shave and razor on their faces lol Explains the shinny arab face look lol all i knew was that they cut the bridle path longer.

Now im trying to imagine clipping then shaving Bause's face and ears....so wouldnt happen. Someone would end up missing an eye. Talk about needing a sedative lol thankfully we are only trail riders and her manners are slowly improving...maybe some day i could clip her but no time soon lol
 
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