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She's Not a Baby Anymore!

Early spring saw some immediate changes in how Ellie carried herself and our dressage work started to truly improve.  There had been times last year where flat work felt like a fight and I wondered to myself if she was ever going to just relax and listen to me haha.

Thankfully, as the title suggests, Ellie has suddenly grown up in front of my eyes.  We have had some really stellar lessons lately, where I feel like I am suddenly able to make things click.  We also had an incredibly frustrating dressage lesson a few weeks ago where Ellie was in rip-roaring peeing heat (not normal for her) and we worked through 45 minutes of her refusing to bend right.  So, ya know, as much as she is improving, she is still an opinionated redheaded mare!  ;-)

But, I have to give her credit because she is really working her little butt off for me!  Sadly, I had not been able to schedule in a jump lesson before our first three-phase, which led to me riding her ridiculously backward at a slow trot the entire …

Day 18 - Your grooming routine

My grooming routine tends to fall within the "hurry-up-I-wanna-ride" style and the "it-is-only-a-proper-grooming-if-it-takes-a-full-thirty-minutes".  I enjoy grooming my horses, but there are definitely times I am more focused on getting out to ride.  Ahh, the life of a busy, working mom.  ;-)  Obviously, I am sure the horse is clean before I ride, no matter how long I take to brush them!

I keep my grooming tools and routine simple, and I wrote about everything I use here in another blog post.  I like an old fashioned black rubber curry, plastic bristled hard brush (not too stiff and preferably with a handle made of webbing - which I cannot seem to find anymore which is a bummer because the hard brushes need replacing!), and a horsehair soft brush.  

I use a human hair brush for manes and tails, and while I generally dislike silicone based products, I do use a spritz of Showsheen every few days on tails to make them brush out more easily.  I prefer a hoof pick with a brush, but I have a bunch of picks kicking around and as long as the hoof is cleaned out, I will use whatever.  I use Effol hoof oil for hooves, but I don't apply it every single day, just depending on what the ground moisture is like and if hooves look dry.  Nowadays I like the look of an oiled hoof for showing rather than use hoof black (though I have used many bottles of hoof black in my years, too!).   I like the Effol because it goes on easily, doesn't smell terrible, and it isn't "goopy" so things immediately stick to it.  I use shedding blades and a Furminator in the spring to get rid of winter woolies!


Simple Kensington grooming totes
 This is what is inside Ellie's tote (she inherited Snappy's brushes after a thorough cleaning):
Top: hoof pick, hard brush, mud brush, Roma brush that I barely use but bought because it is cute, soft brush, mane/tail brush, shedding blade.  Bottom: shedding curry, regular curry, grooming mitt (which Snappy used to love and I prefer for legs and faces), Furminator  
 This is what is inside Dreamy's tote:
Top: hoof pick, hard brush, soft brush, mane/tail brush, shedding blade. Bottom: shedding curry and flower curry (Dreamy loves the flower curry!)



Comments

  1. ahh hoof black. LOL I always had that on me once i was done. :) HA memories ;)

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    1. OMG that stuff is nasty and it ALWAYS gets all over you, no matter how careful you are! When my husband was in 4-H, he was about to compete at the Big E, the biggest regional competition, with his working steers. He had a white shirt on and somehow got hoof black ALL OVER HIMSELF. I guess it was quite the fiasco LOL and his former 4-H leader loves to tell me that story.

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    2. my fingernails were perm stained with that crap all thru my teenage years of showing MOrgans LOL!

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    3. Hahaha agreed. It just stood out a little more than the normal dirt. ;-P

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  2. aw that's nice that your horses have their own totes and brushes! i get weirdly attached to my favorite brushes and want to use them and only them, no matter the horse lol.

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    1. LOL I feel you! I have a thing about everyone having their own stuff. Sometimes I think it is just so I can buy all the things multiple times LOL!

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