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Caring for Curly Horse Manes

Like curly horse body coats, curly horse manes come in many different variations. In this article, I wanted to take a few minutes to discuss the types of curly horse manes and best practices for caring for them. Much of the look of a mane comes down to genetics, however good grooming practices and a…

Find out which human shampoos are horse safe and which should be left on the shelf

Using 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 seller of horse grooming products is this question: “is it okay to…

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…

Preventing and treating horse bald spots

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…

Spring Shedding In Horses – 4 Ways to Make Your Horse Shed Sooner

  Generally, horses shed their winter coats around the same time that temperatures start to warm and early spring plants begin growing. But horses might not always shed on time. In this article, we’ll talk about a few reasons that a horses coat might not be shedding on time or as quickly as other horses.…

tips for reducing tail rubbing

Tips for Reducing Horse Tail Rubbing

Tail rubbing can be particularly irritating both to a horse and its owner! Because horses can’t reach back and scratch a spot that feels itchy, areas of the body that they can’t reach with their mouth they will typically rub against objects like trees, stall walls, or fence posts in order to relieve their itching.…

One Secret Grooming Tip to Grow Luxurious Long Horse Tails

Long luxurious horse tails are a thing of envy! When I first started showing horses I was smitten by the luxurious and bright white tails I saw in the show ring. I was quickly informed that many of these tails are actually made by attaching false hair, manufactured from the tails of horses slaughtered overseas.…

how to restore fleece saddle pads from clumped to plush

How to Wash, Clean, and Rehab Old Fleece Saddle Pads

Nothing makes a horse and rider look smarter than a tidy, well-groomed turnout and abright white fleece saddle pad under your saddle. Fleece saddle pads are popular, affordable, and in some competitive disciplines are considered the “correct” tack for showing. The Problem: Clumped Fleece The problem with fleece saddle pads is that they quickly pick…

how to help a mane grow and stay thick using pasture braids

Braiding a Horse Mane to Make it Grow Longer

Braiding Manes for Hair Growth Outside of the slight blood flow stimulation during grooming, braiding manes probably doesn’t make a significant difference in how fast hair grows, but what braiding can do is prevent hair loss from snags and tangles. There are several reasons to leave a mane braided in a special braid that’s perfect…