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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...
In our Ask the Vet column, Dr. Lydia Gray answers your horse-health questions at HorseChannel.com/AskTheVet.     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:...

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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...
Attend any stock horse all-around class, and you’ll notice just about all of the horses sport full, luxurious tails. If you’re wondering how you’ll ever get your own horse’s tail to achieve this look, we have the answers. Our...
There’s nothing else quite like it: We’ve all done a double-take when a horse goes by with a blindingly shiny coat. Whether or not you show your horse, you’d probably rather he have a shiny coat than a dull...

Speed Grooming

Time, or more specifically a lack of time, seems to dictate our lives these days. Our horses are often an escape from the pressures of the outside world, but even barn time sometimes succumbs to real-world demands. As much...
Q: When I try to clip my horse’s ears, he tosses his head and won’t let me near them. How can I desensitize him? A: The first thing I do is make sure the horse is comfortable with me....

7 Grooming Secrets

It’s a universal truth of horse ownership that the dirtier you get, the cleaner your horse becomes. There are no real shortcuts to a well-groomed horse, but you can optimize your results by grooming smarter. Here are some tactics...
Wash Your Brushes Regularly Once a month – or more often depending on your horse’s dirt quotient – give everything a good cleaning with soap and water, or at least give them a good rinse with the hose or dunk...
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