Cold backs and muscles make horses prone to soundness problems. Soap MUST be rinsed well, or skin irritations will ensue. So, without warm running water, bathing is not a wise option. YET, those competing or getting clipped need to be clean. There are two very viable options for bathing without wetting horses.
I get a lot of questions about Body Clipping. This image was taken last week. The horse had its FIRST CLIP of the fall a week earlier. Does the coat look ruined??? That is great grooming. It's a HIGH COMPLIMENT is when someone asks, “Is that horse clipped?”
This horse gets groomed vigorously daily, before and after work. This keeps the hair fine. Currying exfoliates and stimulates oils. Grooming pulls natural protective oils down the hair shafts, to close the end. That is why this horse does not have the wire brush look. Instead, he looks like satin!
Normally, Ace of Spades is bathed once a week, sometimes more often. He also got a soap bath before and after clipping. The barn only uses the shampoo that instead of stripping the coat, actually enhances natural oils: This Lucky Braids shampoo is all you need to achieve that great coat.
This TopTurnout Salute goes out to the great groom Martha Briseno and all of Snowbrook with trainer Kimberly Prince. Their horses are always meticulously managed.
I just love to honor and celebrate EXCELLENCE in HORSEMANSHIP!
We call this the PAINTED-ON LOOK. People talk about numbers of braids. A great braider knows what's REALLY important is that the:
This is a topnotch braid job by Jeff Claxton, is yet another way Amanda Steege distinguishes herself and Ashmeadow Farm for *EXCELLENCE IN HORSEMANSHIP.* Consider this another Top Turnout Salute!
If you want to braid like this, lots of tips are posted in the Grooming Resource of this site. Get the formula down and your manes can look like this every time. I suspect this took about 35 minutes. Here's how to learn to braid like a pro.
*This grey is SHINING IN THE DARK for Lucky Braids All-In-One Shampoo.
“Horsewomen are always several notches above riders....”
– Judy Richter
Photo credit and THANKS to: Linda Umla. — with Norfield Stables LLC at the New Albany Classic