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Grooming

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....
Detangling a horse's tail

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...
Consistent daily grooming keeps your horse looking good and makes the job easier. Whether you’re getting ready for a show or are short on time to tack up and ride, regular maintenance helps ensure you won’t have to do...
If you’ve been around horses for any length of time, chances are you’ve heard about desensitizing. While the concept may sound positive—getting your horse to be calm around things that previously upset him—some methods can actually backfire and cause...
 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....
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