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Grooming

  The heat is here, you’re ready to ride, and baths are in your horse’s future. Whether it’s a quick spritz to wipe off grime and sweat or a super-soaker for a deep clean, here are five tips to get...
Everyone wants a gorgeous tail in the show-ring. Once you get to the bigger stock-breed shows, tail extensions are common. Check with your association’s rules, however, before you spring for a tail extension. Arabians and Morgans, for example, must...
  In the western show pen, a horse’s look isn’t complete without a neatly banded mane. Perfecting the art of banding takes a lot of practice, but getting it right will enhance your horse’s appearance. "The goal of banding is to...

Mane Taming Tips

Q: How can I tame my horse's unruly mane? A: There are a few keys to dealing with an unruly mane. One is to work at training the mane every day; the other is to keep it thinned by pulling....
Q: My horse's mane is super thick, and he hates having it pulled. Do you have any tips to help? A: Thick manes are often a challenge to maintain. They tend to be wild, living on both sides of the...
Q: What is the best way to deal with a muddy horse? A: Mud on your horse can create a lot of problems. Mud can stain your horse, it may contribute to scratches (aka dew poisoning or greasy heel),...

Equine Spa Day

If you’re just gearing up for the season, riding for hours on end probably isn’t in the cards just yet as both you and your horse get fit. That doesn’t mean you have to cut your barn time short....

Body Clipping in Late Winter

Q: I was thinking about body clipping my horse in February when he goes back to work to prepare for the spring show season. Is that too late to clip? Will it harm his summer coat? A: There is...
  Have you ever tried to braid your horse for a show and gotten so frustrated that you begged a friend for help or ended up paying someone to do it for you? Braiding is not overly difficult, but one...
  While a shiny coat begins with proper nutrition, professional horsemen do have some tricks up their sleeves to give their horse’s coats some extra sparkle on show days. Incorporate some or all of these tips into your show-day grooming...
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