The Unofficial Rules of Grooming and Horse Ownership


-It always takes longer than you think.  This is usually because you have dreamed up a way to save time and it backfires.  It’s also true when you try and take everything from the tack room to the cross ties and you turn around to see a trail of stuff you have dropped. 


-You will always forget one critical thing at a horse show.  Sometimes you will notice this in time to borrow or buy a new one, sometimes not.  


-If you have plans after working at the barn, you will also have a reason to stay late at work. 


-Green slime will quickly become your most common accessory, most likely not by your choice, but your horse’s choice instead.  


-Your most challenging stains happen on your most important of show days.


-The day that you start saying “It hasn’t happened yet, so it probably won’t” is the day that you eat major crow.  


-You will spent about 1% of your day actually grooming.  The rest is a mixture of heavy lifting, hurrying, and waiting.  


-Even though you are diligent about having a spare set of clothes in your car for emergencies, when you have an actual wardrobe malfunction your spare set will be in the laundry.  


-At least once daily you will be clotheslined by the cross ties.  Not because you horse moved, but because you reached for the cross tie to lift it and missed. 


-You will always tear your protective rubber glove while cleaning a sheath.  Before lunch. 


-The minute you say “he hasn’t done THAT in a really long time”… is the same minute he executes THAT.  In front of a crowd, for good measure. 


-Your horse will always poop immediately after you have finished cleaning his stall.  And you have shut the door. 


-Your clipper blades will become the equivalent of two rusty spoons when you have only finished one side of your horse.  


-Only the most beautiful and expensive pieces of tack and blankets will be destroyed by your horse.  


-The skill level of your horse’s shenanigans and haute ecole tricks are directly proportional to the importance of the people around you.  Trying to impress a future date?  You will fall as your horse dances on your head. 


-Your new farrier has been reassured numerous times that your horse *never* tosses a shoe.  You must then call him about four hours later.  


-When your horse doesn’t roll in the mud, doesn't become a giant grass stain, and refuses to stand outside in the rain, you will have no witnesses.  



What does your horse do to prove you wrong?