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9 Tricks to Make Your Horse Sparkle — Tanya Davenport

I will admit it. I’ve slightly little bit of an dependancy to grooming. I’ve tried just about each product, shortcut, tip on the market and here is an inventory of my prime secrets and techniques. 

1. Cactus fabric: Oh how I like you. As an proprietor of a grey horse that likes to get soiled, the cactus fabric is a lifesaver. Grass, sweat and manure stains carry SO a lot simpler than attacking them solely with a curry and brush. The woven fibers are additionally nice for rubbing a horse’s coat and bringing out shine – and the most effective half is that his helpful little fabric prices lower than $10.

2. The superbly pulled mane: I’ve tried so many alternative methods to realize the right mane, however more often than not it simply by no means seemed fairly proper. Lastly, I got here throughout this system from Jason McQueen, who has been an expert groom for among the bests riders on the earth like Eric Lamaze. Here is one other tip: Attempt to pull your horse’s mane after you experience so your horse’s pores shall be open, making the hairs simpler to take away. You can too rub slightly Listerine into the bottom of the mane to desensitize areas to be pulled. I like to tug just some hairs, slightly bit every day, if I would like to tug a mane. Lastly, in the event you or your horse objects to mane pulling, attempt a Solo Rake, Good Mane Thinner, or thinning shears. Try this video utilizing the Good Mane Thinner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiOiCpycHGA

3. Wholesome HairCare Hair Moisturizer: This has been my favourite grooming product since I used to be a teen! It is cheap, tremendous conditioning, and makes use of pure elements versus drying silicone primarily based sprays like Present Sheen (which I save for horse reveals). Spray onto manes, coats, tails then rub in with a smooth brush or towel. Use on a moist or dry horse, soiled or clear. Your horse will shine and really feel like velvet!

4. Curry: Possibly you are rolling your eyes as a result of this looks like a reasonably fundamental tip, however nothing works higher than slightly elbow grease. I promise in the event you curry your horse every day, not solely will he admire the mini therapeutic massage however he’ll gleam. Currying distributes a horse’s pure oils which not solely makes for a shiny horse, however it additionally protects the horse’s coat. For the horse’s face and legs I exploit a curry mitt, and for in every single place else I can not dwell with out my Jr. Grooma – it is simply the best measurement and is way more efficient than the normal black curry combs. Test it out right here.

5. Tackle your horse’s weight-reduction plan and well being: Stabilized rice bran or fish oil (or one other prime quality oil) can be utilized to spice up shine. Some folks swear by feeding flaxseed however there have been some issues that it may possibly have an effect on a horse’s hormones. 

6. Bathing: Do not bathe your horse too usually! And while you do I desire a pure shampoo like Fortunate Braid’s Shampoo, Horse Journal product of the 12 months, which will not strip the oils from a horse’s coat. Do not forget to utterly rinse your horse’s coat – leftover shampoo can uninteresting a coat. You may take it a step additional and rinse your horse with a bucket of water with a cup of apple cider vinegar which is not going to solely take away any shampoo residue however may also improve your horse’s shine (and repel flies!).

7. Coconut oil: I just about use coconut oil for the whole lot…I at all times have a giant jar on the barn. I apply it to my horse’s hooves with a small sponge as an alternative of a conventional hoof oil, and I apply it to the bottom of manes and tails to encourage hair development and moisturize. It is also nice for minor cuts and irritations because it has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. 

8. Only for grays: Be ready to place in loads of further grooming time! When you let stains sit for too many days they will be tougher to take away so I keep up to the mark with a stain remover and a microfiber fabric (which I discover works higher than a standard towel). My favourite stain spray is Cowboy Magic Greenspot Remover. I additionally preserve my horses legs clipped always as much as the knees/hocks which makes holding him clear a lot simpler! For pre-show bathing I exploit Orvus and/or Quic Silver shampoo which lifts nearly any stain!

9. Contact up spray: Love utilizing a little bit of Shapley’s Contact Up Spray simply earlier than I am going within the ring at reveals. Nice for overlaying any inexperienced spots on grays, or scars. Nonetheless, some folks don’t love feeling like they’re spray portray their horse, so in its place you need to use some child powder or cornstarch on any white areas to actually brighten them up.

There you will have it, these are a couple of of my favourite secrets and techniques. Now you realize why my grooming tote weighs over thirty kilos! I’d love to listen to your grooming ideas within the feedback part under!

*All my evaluations, opinions, and the whole lot expressed listed here are my very own and primarily based on my expertise with a product. I’m not affiliated with any of the manufacturers in any means.


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