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Everyone admires a well groomed horse, no matter what the breed. If you want your horse noticed and admired then you can't go wrong by starting with a glossy coat, neat feet and a tidy tail and mane.
Not only does it keep your horse clean, grooming helps to develop the bond between you and your horse, accustoms it to more handling and helps you keep a look out for any problems that might occasionally occur.
Take pride and pleasure from keeping your horses smart and beautiful, and give it a regular appointment at your salon!
Does your horse have a scraggly mane and or tail that just isn't what you'd hoped for?
Or maybe your horse does not have a naturally long tail and mane, but you'd like it to?
Perhaps you've even resorted to horse hair tail extensions or other fake tails in exasperation?
I recommend you learn how to make hair grow faster for a beautiful tail and mane (or for your own hair!). It is possible to grow a long luxurious tail and mane on any horse, faster than you think.
You can also eliminate tail and mane rub that often occurs no matter what blankets or rugs you try! By stimulating natural mane and tail growth at a faster rate than usual you can soon recover those ugly patches where the fur or mane has rubbed away.
I've tried Beth's method for this purpose on my American Quarter Horse mares Kitty and Tyra and on my Welsh x Arab mare Bess. It worked better than anything else I've ever tried (which is quite a lot!).
The bald patches on Tyra and Bess were covered in soft new fur in just 2 or 3 days. Kitty got a new mane after being left with almost none at the end of a cold hard winter (her mane was originally very thin fragile and came out easily when groomed).
There's no doubt about it - and however much we love them - horses with beautiful manes and tails do look better than those with thin, scraggly ones.
The good news is that even those with thin manes or tails can benefit from careful grooming. Untangling is something that should be done with particular care. Take your time to avoid pulling hair out and damaging that which you leave.
Horses that are turned out regularly can get pretty tangled manes and tails, often matted with mud, especially in winter. Here in muddy, wet and windy Wales my horses seem to get their manes and tails messy in record time! Tyra's luscious mane is especially prone to getting matted and tangled. Grooming starts with untangling the hair and getting out the dreadlocks. You'll need to take your time so that you don't pull the hairs out - some patience is definitely required! Arm yourself with plenty of over the counter de-tangler - there's many to choose from, but for really tough jobs I love Cowboy Magic (it's expensive so I use it for the worst jobs and get a cheaper one for maintenance).
First tackle the mane and forelock. Work your way carefully down the mane untangling it in small sections at a time. Use plenty of de-tangler and separate the tangles with your fingers. Don't use a brush, and don't even take a comb down to the stables with you! Start at the bottom of the tangle and slowly work your way up to the roots, separating the hairs a few strands at a time, working in more de-tangler with your fingers, when necessary. I know this takes time and patience, but eventually you'll have a de-tangled mane - honest!
Once you have the mane and forelock untangled repeat the process with the tail. Remember to stand to one side while de-tangling tails, horse could even accidentally kick you if startled. An accidental kick hurts just as much and can do just as much damage. This I once found out when I was cleaning out a back foot and a little pony crept up behind the one I was busy seeing to! Even though the kick was aimed at the pony I was hold of the foot doing the kicking, one swift swipe out back sent me swiftly across the field! Horses have a blind spot, so they can be startled too.
If your horse is nervous help them stay calm and relaxed by stroking them gently, slowly moving your hands down their necks and sides until you get to the tail. As a horse trainer friend of mind says - you pat dogs and stroke horses (and according to him women, no comment John!)
I'm lucky that I've never owned a horse that suffers from sweet itch. I've seen quite a few that do though and it's a miserable affliction :(
Read this letter to see how one lady fixed up her horse, giving him much needed relief and a new lease of beauty...
Here are pictures of Morpheus my Irish Tinker Horse. I'm very happy with your course because Morpheus had sweet itch. He scratched all his mane out and then his skin bled, and then he was even MORE troubled by insects. Here is Morpheus on April 10th with his tail down to the ground, and his mane coming in just as thick as his tail.
Thank you so much!
North Holland, Holland
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What I really loved was the information on how to teach your horse tricks. It's not nearly as hard as you might imagine, if you're reasonably patient and consistent (same as with any other horse training then!). I've taught a variety of horses and ponies to do basic tricks, like stand on a pedestal raising a front leg, counting, saying yes, smiling, bowing and so on. Not only can it develop your horses thinking ability, athletic ability, strength and flexibility (depending on the trick) but people take notice of a horse that can do tricks, and they want it! From personal experience I know a horse with even a few simple tricks has an "edge" when they're being sold.