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There’s something undeniably appealing about a horse with a full, shiny mane and tail. But taking care of those tresses requires some extra work! A big part of what makes those thick manes and tails is genetics. Some horses are...
Tying up your horse’s tail and keeping it wrapped or bagged is one way to prevent breakage and allow it to grow long. It does take away your horse’s natural defense against flies, so only do this if your...
Grooming provides benefits beyond cleaning your horse, including increasing blood flow to muscles and skin, and building a bond with your horse. Grooming gloves, jelly scrubbers, and rub rags are useful additions to a grooming kit. Cleaning and...
You may dread it, but it’s that time of year again: the time when your horse’s winter coat sprouts long, thick and fluffy. You pull him out for a ride and spend 40 minutes knocking the mud off every...
Show competitors know all too well the disasters that occur right as you step up to the in-gate. It can be the green stains on your white horse, a braiding blowout, or a horse that smears baby oil down...
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Hide and Sleek

Somewhere between the first day of spring on the calendar and the first day of true spring weather lies the dream of a clean horse. If the reality of the shaggy, dirty beast in front of you is far...
You feel a sense of dread as the days start getting shorter. The air has a distinct new chill to it, and right on cue, your horse sprouts a longer, thicker coat with every passing day. If you plan...
Everyone has their own horse-grooming routine. Favorite brush, mane conditioner, bathing ritual—you name it. There are many right ways to groom, but some myths linger in the barn aisles when it comes to specifics. Let’s shed some light on...
Q: With show season coming up, is it truly harmful to shave/trim a horse’s facial whiskers since they are "connected" to their brain cells? A: You’ve asked a fascinating question, as there’s much more to whiskers than meets the...

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Illustrations by Tami Zigo It’s that time of year when horses and ponies start growing hair—lots of hair. If you ride frequently in the winter months, your shaggy horse probably gets pretty sweaty when you ride him, and, because it’s...
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