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As modern day horse owners, we have to budget our income so we can afford a horse, and then we have to budget our time so we can squeeze in as many minutes as possible at the barn. Unfortunately, this hectic scheduling often means that we must scrimp someplace, and grooming usually takes the hit. Here are ways to make the most out of grooming time, whether it’s a grab-the-brush-and-run sort of day or a leisurely hour at the equine beauty salon.

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Cindy Hale
Cindy Hale’s life with horses has been filled with variety. As a child she rode western and learned to barrel race. Then she worked as a groom for a show barn, and was taught to harness and drive Welsh ponies. But once she’d taken her first lessons aboard American Saddlebreds she was hooked on English riding. Hunters and hunt seat equitation came next, and she spent decades competing in those divisions on the West Coast. Always seeking to improve her horsemanship, she rode in clinics conducted by world-class riders like George Morris, Kathy Kusner and Anne Kursinski. During that time, her family began raising Thoroughbred and warmblood sport horses, and Cindy experienced the thrills and challenges of training and showing the homebred greenies. Now retired from active competition, she’s a popular judge at local and county-rated open and hunter/jumper shows. She rides recreationally both English and western. Her Paint gelding, Wally, lives at home with her and her non-horsey husband, Ron.

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