- Make sure you brush over the places where the tack is placed. (under belly, top back, and face!)
- —Guest ScEoNa
Grooming can help train!
- I used to go to pony club with a pony who HATED having her ears touched. She loved being washed though, so whenever I hosed her down, I would slowly creep up the neck and wash her ears. Sure, she would get moody, but every time it got her better & better and now, bridles and head collars go on with ease! also, if a horse or pony likes being washed or groomed, make it a regular thing. This will mean that they wont cause trouble when being caught because they will expect a pamper session (: enjoy and happy-horsing!
- —Guest Rachel Daisy
- Clipping...ahh, clipping. My horse looks rather interesting clipped super-short, like alot of the other horses in my barn are clipped. So, instead of clipping reeeeally close to the skin (which some people do so dust just sweeps off and sweat...well, sweat is nonexistent) I suggest you clip your horse's hair to mid length. It looks nicer than short-short, and even though supershort has a lot of benefits, medium length is a nice compromise.
- —Guest elmobuddy1
shiney mane effect
- put baby oil on the mane then comb it out run overwith dry towel,got me a 4-h medal!!!
- —Guest horses101
Mud + Dropping stains in coats
- Well lets face it these problems on a white, or light coloured horse are a NIGHTMARE! I would reccomend a Stain Remover Brush, they are a bit expensive (Or at least mine was) but they really do the trick. All you have to do is rub the stain, and it will go in a few minutes if you rub consistantly. (But don't rub to hard, it may hurt the horse!
- —Guest Miss .C.
- Occasionally grooming your horse with your hand instead of a brush is good for bonding and helps you to check for bumps, bruises or cuts.
- —Guest carriagecob97
detangling matted manes-tangled tails
- we use the Take Down Matted Pet Fur Remover and it works great on really tight knotted tangles and dreadlock type matts. It will save you so much time and frustration with your horse or long hair pet. And the most amazing thing is that you don't have to wet your horses mane or tail first. The product is a really heavy cream that softens the hair so fast.
- vinigar! yes normal vinegar like you cook with. dilute it with water and spray it on after you give your horse a bath. so that if he goes and gets muddy you can brush him and the dirt just comes right off. this doesnt work for grass stains. and dont use to much lol it smells awful.
- —Guest leolover
Egg whites x)
- When im grooming my horses tail or braiding it i simply dip my fingers in egg white, it leaves the tail looking great, plus it dries firm and shiny, like a gel! Gels down all the sticky-out hairs, that randomly stray out to the side, they can be so frustrating!, but this trick really helps! i hope its useful to you! as it was with me.
- —Guest fakyu
The teabag trick
- when grooming your horse, people tend to use a damp sponge to wipe around the horses eyes, when as an alternative i use a teabag - obviously a cold & used teabag. Just wipe it over your horses eyes, and voila! it helps to lightly tighten the eyes, leaving your horse looing fresher and the ingredients dont sting, just be careful you dont sqeeze the juice in the horses eyes! i love this trick, works on my horse all the time, i dont use this trick every time i groom, but it doesnt do any harm to use everyday, its fantastic and easy! give it a go!
- —Guest jessica..x
Baby oil and Natural Horse spray
- Baby oil is a must for me after washing my grey's tail as not only makes it look beautiful then, but much easier to groom generally and also wash next time round. In summer I use Equine America Natural horse spray as fly spray, although actually sold in UK as coat conditioner - so the bonus is fly free and beautifully conditioned coat. For quick stain removal two favorite products at moment, Dung away and Barrier Grass and stable stain remover - oh and a grooming block!
- —Guest Lazy Grey Owner
- my horse's eyes are often a horse flys heaven! i use a fly gel on his face and get as close to the eyes as possible before i turn him out, i also clean his eyes with a sponge and some water daily. i've also found that normal shampoo works magic on my horses coat as he comes back really muddy from the fields.
- —Guest estar
Horse Show Magic
- If you have a horse with black skin, about 5 minutes before your class at a horse show, rub some vaseline around your horses nose and eyes. It will really make them pop! Also, baby powder works to cover up stains, as well as chalk!
- —Guest Morgan S
whitening those legs!
- If you have a mainly white horse like me you'll know how hard it is to get them show white. But quicksilver mixed with bluing shampoo works like wonders! Wet the leg, than lather it with the two combined. Only leave it on for about 5 minutes though or it will turn your horse blue. As for making them shine in the show ring, bring a cloth to rub them down with. It will bring out their natural oils and make them shine! Also, a quick tip for horse owners: cleaning your horse can take a lot of time so I suggest you clean them about 2 days prior the show, just to start loosening the dirst and stains. Then when the show finally arrives, whala!! your horse looks stunning
- —Guest showgirl
- I had a Clydesdale TW cross mare, 16.2 hands. Mostly white. My mom bought a soap called Miracle soap (you can find it online) and it's safe for animals and I have never found anything that works better! I use it on all my horses, and my flea bitten grey as well! :) It's very cheap, and you can use it on the face and around the eyes, it wont sting. And it moistens and keeps the flies away as well. :) Hope this helped!
- —Guest Chelsae Jo