Grooming

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Time-Saving Tips: Grooming, Riding, and Transporting Horses

October 17, 2017

Our staff offers tips to help save time during your daily grooming, riding, and exercise routine. ... Read More

Rinse your horse's entire body, including the mane and tail, before applying shampoo. Put your hand on the horse if she feels uncomfortable, and watch that you position yourself so that the horse can’t strike or kick you. If your horse doesn’t settle, consider seeking the advice of a professional trainer or equine behaviorist.

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How to Bathe a Horse Like a Pro

September 20, 2017

Learn how to bathe a horse from Mari Valceschini, an FEI dressage competitor. ... Read More

A sarcoid is a nonmalignant but locally aggressive tumor most often seen on the head, belly, groin, and legs. The most common are verrucous, with a warty look, or fibroblastic, which resembles proud flesh. Bovine papilloma virus (BPV) is probably a causative factor in sarcoids, and a 2010 study of 222 horses at the University Equine Clinic of Bern identified a possible genetic basis for sarcoid development in horses as well.

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Common Equine Skin Conditions

September 11, 2017

Equine skin conditions range from fungi to allergens to who-knows what.... Read More

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Grooming Your Horse: Deep Down Clean

September 08, 2017

Daily grooming gives you a chance to detect and monitor any injuries or other health problems.... Read More

Hosing your horse off with cold water is a good way to help them stay cool in the hot summer months.

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The Banes of Bathing Horses

June 08, 2017

Find out how to avoid skin and coat problems caused by frequent lathering and rinsing. ... Read More

Emma Ford (right) leads Mighty Nice as they walk with team manager Joanie Morris during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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Q&A: Veteran Rolex Three-Day Event Groom Emma Ford

April 27, 2017

U.S. Olympian Philip Dutton's head groom shares her secrets to keeping horses healthy during international competition.... Read More

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Your Guide to an Outrageously Shiny Coat

April 13, 2017

Experts share feeding, grooming, and bathing tips to keep your horse's hair coat gleaming.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Shedding Season

March 21, 2017

Of the 1,106 respondents, 866 (78%) said they curry or groom their horses to help them shed their winter hair coats.... Read More

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The Devil is in the Details

March 20, 2017

What equine biosecurity methods do you use around your horse farm or facility? ... Read More

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Male Horse Health Care: Don't Forget Sheath Cleaning

June 19, 2016

One veterinarian offers some tips on an often overlooked but extremely important task: sheath cleaning.... Read More

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Itchy Horses: Dealing With Seasonal Skin Issues

March 31, 2016

Equine skin issues can be difficult to manage. Find solutions for dealing with sweet itch, rain rot, and more!... Read More

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Why Do Horses Roll After Baths?

July 03, 2015

An equine behavior expert considers the reasons why horses might roll after baths.... Read More

Courtesy Steve Church. Please DNU out of context of SC's blog.

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The Sacred Art of Puttering with Horses

May 20, 2015

Sometimes you just need to savor the simple routines of horse ownership.... Read More

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Preparing for Summer with Senior Horses

May 18, 2015

How do you keep your senior horses healthy and happy when summer arrives?... Read More

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Poll Recap: Horsey New Year's Resolutions

January 13, 2015

Of the 618 respondents, 138 (22%) said they resolved to spend more time grooming and relaxing with their horses.... Read More

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Infographic: Healthy Coats

November 14, 2014

A glossy hair coat is a sure sign of horse health. Discover the steps to creating the ultimate coat in our visual guide.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Bathing Horses Warm or Cold

July 01, 2014

Of 1,071 poll respondents, 489 (46%) said they didn't have access to warm water to bathe their horse.... Read More

Hosing your horse off with cold water is a good way to help them stay cool in the hot summer months.

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Poll Recap: Bath Time

June 24, 2014

Of the 1,198 respondents, 790 (66%) said they rinse their horse after every ride during the warm months.... Read More

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Show Prep Tips Designed to Keep Your Horse Healthy

June 19, 2014

Here are some tips for making your horse shine without hindering his long-term health.... Read More

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Male Horse Hygiene

June 06, 2014

A male horse's sheath needs to be cleaned, but this chore is often neglected. Here's where to start.... Read More

Grooming helps improve horses' skin and coat condition and allows us to identify any unusual injuries, skin conditions, or behavioral changes. And grooming before riding is an important way to prevent irritation caused by dirt and debris trapped under tack. Additionally, research shows grooming can serve as a bonding experience for horse and human and produces marked relaxation in both.

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Basic Horse Grooming Guide

June 04, 2014

Horse grooming tools come in an assortment of styles and types. Here's help to get your grooming kit started.... Read More

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Biosecurity Tip of the Month: Equipment Use

May 15, 2014

Learn how to reduce your horse's risk of catching a disease via equipment, such as feed and water buckets.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Spring Blanket Cleaning

April 29, 2014

Of the 1,160 respondents, 471 (41%) said they wash their horse blankets in a washing machine.... Read More

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How to Clip and Bathe Safely

April 17, 2014

Clipping and bathing can be safe, efficient, and positive experiences for you and your horse.... Read More

Grooming halters don’t have throatlatches. This makes for easy grooming of the face.

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Horse Grooming Tips and Tools

April 09, 2014

Here are some of our favorite horse-grooming tips, tricks, and tools from our Facebook fans.... Read More