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Grooming

Good horse grooming helps keep horses’ bodies healthy and promotes bonding between horse and handler. In this section we collect articles on grooming, and mane and tail care.

All About Horse Grooming – From Ordinary to Extraordinary

Horse grooming can be one of the most enjoyable or the most frustrating parts of horse ownership, depending on your approach to the practice. While many view horse grooming as a chore, I and many of my students appreciate how grooming horses can facilitate a deeper bond between horse and handler. Grooming not only makes …

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Roached Manes: How & When to Roach a Horse’s Mane

  Roached manes for horses, called hogged manes in some parts of the world, are cyclically popular. They fall out of fashion for a few years and then eventually return for a bit. A trend of roached horse manes never seems to fully catch on- probably because so many horse owners are emotionally attached to …

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Easy 4 Step Method for Cleaning Horse Brushes

  Grooming has many benefits for horses – and even for humans since grooming horses can help promote a bond between horses and humans. Good grooming can only be done if your grooming tools are effective. When we go too long between cleaning horse brushes, their effectiveness is reduced. Why? Well, when we brush horses’ …

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1 Easy Way to Reduce Horsekeeping Costs: Using Human Shampoo for Horses

  With a few exceptions, it’s ok to use human shampoo for horses. For the decade that I owned a tack store in Missouri, I received countless odd questions on a regular basis. One of the most common, that my interest in selling horse products meant couldn’t answer with complete honesty while I was a …

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Fake Horse Tails: Facts, Myths, Rules, and How To’s

Fake Tails- are they Really “a thing”? Horse shows have always been something of a beauty pageant for both horses and riders, but in the late 20th century it became increasingly common to improve the length and fullness of a horse’s tail by using what’s referred to as a “false tail” or “tail extension.”   …

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How to give a Horse a Deep-Clean Bath in Half the Time

Sometimes you just need to get your horse clean – and fast! Whether it’s a pony that rolled in the mud just before loading up for a horse show or a last-minute potential buyer dropping by to see a horse that you have for sale, sometimes you need to get a horse or pony clean when …

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Horse Hair Loss – Ideas for Treating Bald Spots and Thinning Tails

Do you struggle with trying to grow long tails, thick manes, and or even body hair on your horse? Horse hair loss can show up on horses in multiple ways such as short or thin tails, bald patches on mane or body, and rubbed out sections of mane. The way in which your horse’s hair …

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3 Easy Ways to Make Custom Personalized Horse Brushes

  A few years ago I purchased a case of wood-backed horse brushes on clearance and enjoyed using the opportunity to experiment with horse brush “upgrades”. After some trial and error, I’d produced an assortment of colorful and unique horse brushes. Here’s my how-to – plus tips for 3 different methods of painting or decorating …

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