Grooming

               Clipping you horse’s coat comes with many benefits. Some of these benefits include keeping your horse from getting over heated, helps dissolve sweat faster for a horse that is being worked, as well as making it easier for you when it comes to daily grooming. Clipping is also a benefit when showing! By clipping your horse’s coat, it gives your horse a slick, clean-cut appearance that is sure to catch the judges’ eye. Horse clipping is most often done to horses that are huge competitors year round and are being heavily worked during the cold months. Here are a few easy steps that...
            Clipping your horse is another name for giving your horse a haircut. It entails shaving your horse’s coat, either part way or fully, in order to keep them from getting over heated. Clipping is usually done to horses who will be working through the winter and won’t need their thick winter coats.  Depending on how much your horse will be working and how thick his winter coat is, will be the deciding factor on what type of clip your horse should receive. Clipping your horse has several benefits. These benefits include faster cool down time for your horse, it make is easier on you for...
                Participating in horse shows is a great way to have fun and test your skills out in the ring!  Just like in any other sport, horse showing takes dedication, hard work, and skill. Whether you are just starting out or in an advanced class, showing gives you the opportunity to put on a performance with your horse and show the audience what you can do. Even though horse shows are a lot of fun, getting ready for them can be very stressful! It is always a good idea to pace yourself with the show preparations, and not wait until the last minute to do everything. Here are some helpful...
                Braiding your horse’s mane can be a great way to keep your horse’s hair from getting dirty and tangled. Braiding of the horse’s mane is also done when entering into the showing circuit for English riding events. Braiding the mane also brings elegance and a clean-cut look when entering the show ring, and It helps to show the curve of the horse’s neck and keeps it out of his face while jumping. Before braiding your horse’s mane, you should always make sure that it is clean and not tangled. You can do this by brushing through your horse’s mane before you start the braiding...
Spring has sprung!  And horse owners know this because this is the time when your horse sheds their winter coat.  Essentially, the spring time for horse owners means two things, MUD and HAIR!  In this article tips for shedding and dealing with all that hair is discussed.   TIP 1: One of the best ways to help shed out your horse is good old fashion elbow grease.  Shedding can take time and the more you groom your horse the more hair you will remove.  The curry comb is the simplest tool to have in your grooming bucket for the job.  Simply curry your horse in a round motion over their body.  Be...
Woman using curry to shed out horse
Tips for Shedding Out Your Horse Its that time of year again! You can tell it really is spring because you walked out side, petted your horse, and came up with a handful of winter fluff! Most of the time, after grooming during shedding season, you end up covered from head to toe in hair. Shedding is unavoidable, but we have some tips to make your spring go by just a bit more smoothly. Grooming Tools One of the best things I have found for shedding season is one of those gray slick and easy grooming blocks. They really grab the hair with minimal mess and are great because you can even use...
Woman using curry to shed out horse
  Grooming your horse in the winter can feel like a daunting task. Horses love to roll in the mud after snow or rain, leaving caked on mud or mud stains all over their coats. Horse's winter coats collect dirt quickly and are hard to clean. These quick tips for keeping your horse looking clean this winter will make all your friends think you are a professional groomer. Let Mud Dry Trying to brush or scrub of wet mud only makes a greater mess and leaves a stain. If you can, bring the horse into a barn and let the mud dry then brush it off best you can. Braid Tails If you have horses with...
Woman using curry to shed out horse
           Grooming is therapeutic for both a horse and its handler. A well-stocked grooming bucket is a necessity and one of the most useful tools a rider can own. Grooming a horse on a regular basis promotes a healthy coat, allows an opportunity to check for problems and lets your horse know you care. There are a few essential tools that will make your grooming experience successful. Soft brush           A soft bristled brush or face brush is a hand-held brush with soft bristles. Use this soft brush to remove loose dirt from sensitive spots of the horse including the leg, face, and flank...
woman picking out horse's feet
  Grooming is not just for looks. There is absolute therapeutic value in the process. Wild horses instinctively groom each other. Regular grooming improves body circulation, helps prevent sores, keeps the coat clean and healthy, and provides essential bonding time for horse and handler. In addition, a well-groomed horse will have much better ground manners than one that receives only occasional contact. Follow this seven-step grooming plan for best results. Step One Outfit your horse in a well-fitting halter and sturdy lead rope. Tie the horse to a stable hitch post located in a safe area....
woman picking out horse's feet

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