Can you see how the groom holds the towel transitions easily to the legs? Keeping legs CLEAN and DRY is ESSENTIAL to avoiding heel scratches, which can become a systemic infections in horses.
This toweling technique may seem insignificant. But, it is actually very high-minded. No energy is lost. I rather consider Beth a genius. Nothing is taken for granted.
There is always a better way. That is why I admire her so much. Now, let’s peak a bit further. This is near the end of the day… Look at the floor. The bulging vein at the girth tells you the mare already worked. She had not been body clipped nor bathed.
Fungus is incredibly pervasive in Florida. So, if you look, you can see Beth keeps the hair on the lower leg a bit shorter. That way she can manage the skin better. Though, the transition to the clipped hair is absolutely seamless. The hooves are in great shape, and clearly never left dirty, as that would dry them out. Coolers and bottles are all in order. The groom’s shirt is white, even at the end of the day. That speaks of super management skills. We had another groom friend who’d to wear all white on grand prix day, just to prove they were there to do it right. You can, too!
Ruthann Smith has spent a lifetime studying sound horsemanship- both as a groom for top international horses and as a renowned braider. Quietly twisting manes atop a ladder, she watched and learned in some of the best stables in the world.
As her passion for great grooming grew, Ruthann became focused on researching, collecting and sharing the best practices of the world’s keenest horsemen. Ultimately, Ruthann used her vast experience to develop exceptional equine grooming products to help raise the bar of horsemanship.
The knowledge she dispenses and the products Ruthann developed solve age-old grooming issues. Making quality horse care easier, they have received the highest honors in the equine industry*. Her Lucky Braids for Top Turnout coat care and braiding products are the best, most versatile, cost-effective and easiest solutions available on the market today.
Now Ruthann offers her LOVE, LOVE Guarantee. If not totally thrilled with a product she developed, Ruthann will refund you in full, regardless of where you purchased it.
It’s her life’s mission to empower horses by educating, motivating and equipping their people to be true horsemen. You can access Ruthann’s tips at: The Grooming Resource on LuckyBraids.com, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and her Horsemanship Clinics.
*After testing 350 products, Lucky Braids All-In-One Horse Shampoo was named product of the year by Horse Journal, the “Consumer Reports” of the industry. They also named Lucky Braids Shampoo and Top Pick for greys and whites. Lucky Braids specialized braiding yarn also got stellar reviews.