Horse Grooming Before The Winter Storm

Posted by F&S

Well, we were expecting snow and snow we got!  It was accompanied by freezing temperatures and high winds, making travel very difficult.  It was certainly best to stay indoors, where we told you on Friday, the Friesians were to stay.  We Frenchies were very content to stay curled up in our warm beds.

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On Friday's blog, we told you how we were expecting a blizzard and how the horses were going to be confined in the stable.  The skies certainly looked ominous!

1 On Friday's blog, we told you how we were expecting a blizzard and how the horses were going to be confined in the stable. The skies certainly looked ominous!

While we were there, we decided to stay and watch a bit of horse grooming.

2 While we were there, we decided to stay and watch a bit of horse grooming.

Betsy, is that the old Electro Groom vacuum?

3 Betsy, is that the old Electro Groom vacuum?

You vacuum the horses' coats with that thing to remove dirt and loose hair.

4 You vacuum the horses' coats with that thing to remove dirt and loose hair.

I don't think we need to be vacuumed, but we can see why the Friesians like this thing so much.

5 I don't think we need to be vacuumed, but we can see why the Friesians like this thing so much.

You pass it lightly over their massive bodies and they just zone out, don't they?

6 You pass it lightly over their massive bodies and they just zone out, don't they?

Meanwhile, Dolma is using the curry comb on some clean sets of legs.

7 Meanwhile, Dolma is using the curry comb on some clean sets of legs.

The metal curry comb is great for detangling matted hair on hooves and manes.  Look how fluffy the hoof hair is after combing!

8 The metal curry comb is great for detangling matted hair on hooves and manes. Look how fluffy the hoof hair is after combing!

Betsy, after combing and vacuuming, is it time to use the equine massage stick?

9 Betsy, after combing and vacuuming, is it time to use the equine massage stick?

Oooh!  Those soft gel bristles certainly feel great when passed over my head!

10 Oooh! Those soft gel bristles certainly feel great when passed over my head!

Betsy, I think it would be wonderful to be a horse in your care.  And that's why the Friesians always seem so happy!

11 Betsy, I think it would be wonderful to be a horse in your care. And that's why the Friesians always seem so happy!

Comments (15)

  • ..what lucky horses..hope all my glue squad buddies are doing okay..and staying warm...we are not having the awful weather that most of you are experiencing..thank goodness...! It is 10 p.m. and I am going in and curl up next to Lucinda while she reads a book..who knew a rescue dog that was in a pound a few months ago would be resting on bed with his new best friends...later, Chewy

  • Good morning Francesca, Sharkey, Betsy, Dolma, Friesians and Glue Squad.
    We want Betsy to rub that message stick over us! hehehehe The Friesians certainly are spoiled.
    Well, the Bengals are finished with football for this year. Bummer.
    Brrrrr...is it ever cold today. High temps in the single digits and the low tonight in the minus teens! What!!!???? Good thing I (Max) got that Martha coat for Christmas! We didn't get the all that snow the weather geeks promised, we got rain instead. We both hate going out in the rain. So, now all the rain is going to freeze. We just hope our Mom can get home safe this morning. She works night shift for those out of the loop. We will be happy once she pulls in the driveway.
    We are going to take a little nap then watch for Mom.
    Stay warm, stay safe everyone!
    Pugs and cold nose kisses!
    Brutus and Max

  • Good morning my friends,
    I wonder if all the horses get groomed on the same day or if they are in some sort of grooming day rotation. I bet it takes long to do each one. They are big big horses. Very tall
    Well, I feel bad for Zoe's mom because of the Eagles game this weekend. First the snowblower incident and then the Eagles lost. Crappy weekend for Ann. If it makes a difference, Ann I think you rock and the Eagles will be back next season.
    I guess I better get to bed cause we have freezing rain right now so Karen might need my help in the morning.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Good Morning F & S

    Do you think the horses enjoy getting groomed or do they want to run and hide like me? Oh well I guess we all have to struggle through it so we look pretty and smell good :)

    Mom looked like a popsicle when she got home after the Eagles game. She was disappointed but said the team did better than anyone expected. She is just hoping that the dog killer guy is off the roster next year and out of the NFL for good. Brutus and Max sorry about your Bengals now we can all cheer for Ruby's Broncos.

    Update on the snow blower incident - dad had the place all cleaned up when mom got home from work. I told him he better or he'd be in the dog house if we had one. Mom was happy when she got home.

    Today we have 50 degree weather and rain and I'm really afraid of what is coming tonight - single digit temps which means this will all be ice :(

    Mother Nature make up your mind is it winter or spring????

    Zoe

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    I guess there is little to talk about today except the weather. Seems that something is always going on in that department. Now I don’t think the weather is any worse than it has been in some years; we have better reporting which makes it look worse. It’s so windy here right now that I have to stay indoors. That’s a bummer because it is really cool out side. I say cool because it’s in the lower 40’s and expected to stay that way all day long. Now add in a little rain and tonight it will be in the teens; frozen roads by morning and Daddy has to go out early. Just hope it doesn’t rain when the temps are below freezing.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Girls & all my Glue Squad Buddies,
    Boy oh boy, these horses that live at your house are really livin' for sure. The massage treatment looks deluxe. I tend to be with Zoe,on the grooming front, but am getting a little bit better. Zoe, sorry for your Eagles. Tell Mama Ann, we bet they will be a force to be dealt with next year---hoping that bad dog killer man is a thing of the past.

    Now, for your favorite Ruby, I had a GEM of a weekend. It had everything I love---snow, butt vrooming, lots of food and football. It was like heaven!!! We didn't get a lot of snow, maybe 3 inches, but enough to vroom around the yard and then lay in front of the fireplace. More football and fun this coming weekend---hope Peyton and the boys knock their soxs off. I think it may come down to playing some of my friend's teams, WHEN they win this weekend, but that is o.k., football and food and a party. I am game, what fun!!! I hope everyone stays warm and that it is a GEM of a week.
    Love and licks,
    Ruby

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, You two sweet girls sure do have lots of fun seeing your Friesians when ever possible and they are so lucky to have such a beautiful stable with such great people like Betsy and Dolma who do such nice things to take care of the horses and donkeys! You sweethearts look so cute in your outfits and bet it's nice to be in the stable when it's so cold outside! How is GK doing? Is he getting ready for the Westminster Dog Show? Please hug him and Martha for me! So glad Martha and her family are back home finally! We are having cold weather at night and will probably get rain again all week. Would love it to get much warmer! Was fun to see that there are 5 comments from buddies so far and will check back later after Mom finishes cutting more wood to keep us warm! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • :-) Ahhhhhhh, that massage stick looks like something I need right now...Becky could you come over with that contraption? I'll have cake and coffee ~ tea or a glass/bottle of wine and talk horses!!!! ;-)
    F & S love your spiffy coats, the color looks good on you two :-)

    I don't even want to talk about the weather, our house cracks and bangs so loud I'm afraid it's going to blow up from contractions...

    Kitty is unhappy because it's so cold she can't Stanton being out there but a few seconds or even a minute.

    I always remind myself after the new year, that the winter is on its way out and not in...I know...but it works for me!

    All my GS buddies stay warm and safe...
    Warm hugs to all
    delia & Kitty =^, ,^=

  • Hi Y'all,
    I wish I was a horse on Martha's farm. Mis just wants to live in the barn. It looks so nice! But I could go for a good grooming and massage!
    Okay the weather seems to be the topic of the day! It's been raining this morning in central NC and our thermometers are ready to take the plunge! It's going from 50 degrees to 9 by early tomorrow morning. Wind chills by then will be below 0. OUCH! It's been 14 years since we've seen lows in the single digits. Mis still remembers when it fell to 5 below in this region. Now that's COLD for this area.
    Well, we've got to go get everything bundled up for tonight. Yes, we know. Should have been done already, but it was so warm just a few days ago! We are the Grasshoppers it seems. Have a safe and warm night my Ant Buddies!
    Dixie Boy

  • I have a draft horse with "feathers" (long leg hair) and have found that a high quality hairbrush with the protected bristles work best for detangles and debris removal - the old circular metal curries with teeth tend to pull out feathers or break off the hairs. I learned horse grooming in the 1970's from a really really old Saddlebred trainer who'd had a couple of World Champions. Us "groom trainees" were only allowed to hand-pick the manes and tails, if we were caught with a hairbrush we were canned. We also were required to hand-rub horse bodies in the direction of the hair growth for a half hour each and every day - long, firm strokes starting at the poll area and staying away from ticklish tummies, flanks and lower legs. It seems like the massage wand you're using would have the same effect and I think my draft horse would love one of those - can you reveal where to buy these? Or what the product description is, what the tool is actually called if in a catalog or tack store(if you don't want to state the manufacturer thereby giving them free advertising!!).

  • Happy New Year to all! :)

    Ooh the massage stick looks like it would be good for hard to reach itches! :)

    All the critters small and large are well loved on the farm! :)

    NH had a deep freeze over the weekend, preceded by 8 inches of snow. Today is a icy, foggy and rainy mess!

    Spring where are you! :)

    Happy Monday to all! :)
    gail

  • Tried posting this earlier today but it didn't go through. :sad:

    Well good afternoon now to everyone! I hope everyone is safe and warm at home. Not going anywhere today because it is a balmy -15 degrees here in Chicago and not expected to get above 0! That's right -15 degrees out!!! :shock: Things are closed, massive number of flights canceled, trains delayed, just a big mess.

    Bummer that the Packers, Bengals, and Eagles are out so let's go Ruby's Broncos! Chewy big boy I am so sorry for missing your birthday. Happy Belated Birthday to you! I bet your favorite present is having a family to call all your own. :smile:

    Stay warm everyone!!!

  • :-) Hey Miss Jan, I was going to mention the same thing about the curry comb, but decided not to...so I'm glad you made the comment. ;-)
    in 4H horsemanship we taught the kids to never use a curry comb below the knees, it's a very harsh grooming tool.

    Anyway it's just a notation not a criticism ;-) ;-)

    delia

  • Love that the dogs are "helping", lol! To Gail Pierson: the massager is called EquiStix, and I have one!! It is so great and my horse absolutely loves it! You can find it in several retailers, or from their website at http://www.equusathletics.com. You may not want to give it to your horses though - may be hooked yourself! ;)

  • Hi, Delia it was amazing what we learned in 4H and (for me) USPC United States Pony Club too, I was so lucky to be in one of the first US Pony Clubs when they were launched in the US as an offshoot of the British Horse Society. We learned in both organizations so much solid horse and stable management! To this day lo these many decades later I can spot a poisonous plant in the pasture, detect a potential colic, and drive my family crazy with safety-consciousness! I still have my Pony Club manual from the 1960's....and it too says never below the knees with a curry. In fact there was an old ditty (little song) we were taught it went "they're wild 'n woolly and full of bees and never been curried below the knees...." yes - some of our ponies were indeed "full of bees"!

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