The 15-Minute Groomer
If you're a weekend rider, you're probably in a time crunch.
Hose your horse down.
|Then spray with Equine-Shine and brush through to keep the dust off.|
|1. When you wash your horse with our Equine Horse Shampoo, save time by throwing your brushes into the bucket with the shampoo and let them soak for a few minutes.||2. You can toss your dirty cinches into the bucket, too. It will clean them gently and help get rid of harmful bacteria.||3. Equine Shampoo is also an excellent spot cleaner when you don't have time to wash your whole horse.|
|Undo your horse's tangled mane.|
Then wash it to bring out the natural beauty.
|Step 1. Make a detangling spray by diluting Tail & Mane Conditioner with water and work it in with your hands.||Step 2. Find a section that has become entwined. Usually two sections twist and roll inward to form a spiral. Once you find the pattern untangle it.|
|Step 3. Start fingering through the mane. Take your time and work out any twists, knots and tangles. Spray Equine-Shine to detangle stubborn knots and tangles.||Step 4. Work with a brush and when you feel resistance, stop. It might be a burr or other plant material that needs to be removed.||Step 5. Brush the mane several times, then use a comb. Wash with Equine Shampoo and Tail & Mane Conditioner. The mane will be less likely to hold knots and burrs.|
Rio Vista Product Tips
|1. When pulling the mane, dilute Cool-Blue Horse Liniment in water and place at the base of the mane. Tugging is less painful. ||2. When you brush through the mane, spray a little Equine-Shine Show Coat Polish. It makes the mane more manageable.|
3. Clean your horse's mane with Equine Horse Shampoo. It helps prevent rain rot and fungus.
|4. Follow shampooing with Tail & Mane Conditioner. It untangles and conditions difficult mane hair and prevents it from becoming dry and brittle.|
Once you've washed the mane try braiding.
The fine art of braiding the mane.
To braid the mane for Dressage, follow these directions.
1. Start with a three-strand braid, wrapping right over center.
2. Continue by crossing left over center.
3. Continue to ends of hair.
4. To secure the end of the braid, place folded string behind the braid.
5. Wrap the string around the braid and through the loop at the fold in string.
6. Lace the string through the top of the braid and fold the braid in half.
7. Separate the ends of the string that you pulled through the top of the braid.
8. Encircle the top of the braid with thread.
9. Secure with a square knot.
10. Spray withEquine-Shine to hold the braid
|To learn how to prepare the mane for braiding, click here.|
To learn about mane styles for different horse breeds, click here.
Give your horse a solid foundation.
Inspect his hooves frequently.
There's an old cowboy saying "no hooves, no horse." If old paint doesn't have a solid foundation you'll be the one who walks the trail. To make sure your horse's hooves are healthy, pick up his feet regularly and inspect them. If your horse has been standing in mud or water it can lead to cracked hooves.
Many horse owners have also discovered a secondary benefit ofHoof Manicure. It strengthens and promotes growth of your nails and softens rough spots anywhere on your body. It also helps relieve itching and has a great fragrance. So keep one in the house. For more information click here.
every horse breed and discipline.
Here's help for hives and skin irritations
|Herb 'N Oats Horse Shampoo |
It's no fun watching your horse desperately trying to scratch himself in the dirt or on the nearest fencepost. If he has sensitive skin or suffers from hives or dermatitis, wash him withHerb 'N Oats Shampoo. The moisturizers and botanicals in it will help make the itching and dryness disappear.
Between washings spray your horse with Coat-So-Soft. It will help condition his coat and skin. And help soothe the itching caused by dermatitis. It has a pleasant scent you'll like and a soothing property your horse will love.