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Grooming the Clipped Horse in Winter - Special Considerations

Tips for grooming the clipped horse! It's sometimes easier, but you need to watch out for a few things.

Grooming the Yellow Horse Back to White

Tips for grooming the yellow horse - and bringing him back to bright white again!

Keep the Chestnut Horse Shiny and Bright

How to keep the chestnut horse shiny and bright all year long, even after clipping.

Reasons Why Horses Have Dull Coats

A dull coat on a horse doesn't necessarily mean he's unhealthy... it could mean a lot of things!

The Problem With Dish Detergent, Baby Ducks, and Horses

A somewhat detailed discussion of why I don't suggest using dishwashing detergents on your horse.

Unusual Coat Patterns on Horses

A little bit about unusual coat patterns on horses, and some of the stories behind them.

Pick the Best Shampoo For Your Horse

Some ideas on how to pick the best shampoo for your horse!

Spring Clean Your Horse - A Checklist

You may want to spring clean your horse at the same time you spring clean your barn!

Dark Horse Grooming Tips

Bay and black horses have their own set of grooming challenges. Here are some tips for keeping color and shine!

How to deal with stickers and burrs stuck on your horse!

Easy suggestions for removing stickers and burrs from your horse, and what not to use!

Happy Halloween! How To Dress Up Your Horse!

How to be smart about dressing up your horse for Halloween - no need to get flung into the next zip code!

Under Your Horse's Tail - Yes, You Must Pay Attention To This Area

Tips and suggestions for keeping every inch of your horse's body in top form - including under his tail!

The Sales Horse Photo - Make it Clean and Professional

How to take some great photos of your horse for a sales ad!

Horse Bath Time Tips

Make your horse's bath safe and easy with these tips.

Rubbing Alcohol - Lots of Uses at the Barn!

A list of uses for rubbing alcohol at the barn - but it's not for wounds!

Horse Show Hacks

Some simple tricks to make horse show prep easy and fun!

How to Get Rid of Grass Stains on Your Horse

The dreaded grass stain - your horse suddenly looks like your kid brother's soccer uniform...

More Horse Myth Busting - Part Three

Some more common horse myths that are simply not true!

Go from Grooming to Show Grooming to Knock The Judge Over Grooming

How to take your show grooming routine up a notch and really wow the judge!

Questionable Old School Grooming Techniques

Maybe you have heard of some of these old school grooming techniques?

Does Your Barn Need a Hair Dryer?

It might be a good idea to have a hair dryer at the barn, for touching up wet things and horses!

Horse Snow Safety!

Snow is beautiful and just begs for photo ops! Be safe when turning out into snow...just in case.

The Winter Grooming Dilemma - Caked On Mud

How to deal with caked on mud during the winter months - especially tricky when your horse has a winter coat!

More Horse Myth Busting

Some fairly common horse myths are busted up!

Barn Hacks 8 - Winter Edition

Make life at the barn easier during horrible winter weather!

Old School vs New School - Urination, Onions, and Berets

Some interesting discoveries about how "old school" horse management was done!

How To Dry The Wet Horse When It's COLD!

One of winter's big challenges is how to dry the wet horse after a ride.

Are Horse Sweat and Natural Oils the Same?

The differences between natural oils and sweat on your horse, and what this means for your grooming routine!

Put Down the WD40 and Step Away From Your Horse!

Why you should never use WD 40 on your horses. Ever.

Go Swimming With Your Horse!

Some tips for making a swimming trip fun and safe for your horse!

Baby Wipes at the Barn!

How many uses for baby wipes can we come up with?

Show Grooming = Regular Grooming Plus a Few Things

The few things you can do in addition to your regular horse grooming routine to stand out at shows!

Does Your Horse Jog Safely?

Why (and how) to make sure your horse jogs safely for the judges or the Veterinarian!

Barn Hacks - Part SEVEN! Dollar Store Edition!

The barn hack series continues - this time with a special "dollar store" edition.

How to Groom the Dust and Dirt from a Pasture Kept Horse!

Having a horse in pasture is great - until grooming time. Some ideas for getting the dust out!

Barn Hacks - Part SIX!

More awesome barn hacks to make you life a little easier at the barn!

Get The Tar/Sap/Smegma Out Of Your Horse's Coat!

Horses sometimes get into sticky stuff!

Barn Hacks - Part FIVE!

A few more of my favorite horse grooming and barn hacks!

How to Groom for a Competitive Trail Ride!

Heading out for a competitive trail ride is a bit different than the show ring - but your horse's grooming is just as important!

Latherin - What It Does To Sweat

You may, or may not be, interested to know about laterin and how it affects your horse's sweat!

More Barn Hacks - Part Four!!

More simple tips and tricks to help you around the barn!

The One Day Horse Show - Tips and Ideas!

The one day horse show can be great fun - here are some easy tips to make your day go smoothly!

Horse Myths - Busted!

Over the years, I have run across many horse myths, so I decided to do some research and see what I could uncover!

More Barn Hacks - Part Three!

Again, a great list of fun and easy barn hacks. Please add your own and we can have a Barn Hacks Part Four!

Why Is Your Horse a Hard Keeper?

How to narrow down some of the reasons a horse might be a hard keeper...so you can game plan from there!

Is Your Horse Cold? How to Tell!

Things to investigate to find out if your horse is cold, and why it's important - hypothermia is a danger!

Can Your Horse Grow Really Long Hair?

An intro into how hair grows - which explains why your horse may, or may not, be able to grow wildly long hair.

Back to Basics - The Curry Comb

Dozens and dozens to choose from! How to pick the right curry comb for the job.

Is Your Horse In Pain? How to Tell!

Things that your horse will do to "tell you" that he's in pain!

Help Your Older Or Injured Horse Be Comfortable For The Farrier!

Easy tips on how to make a hoof trim or shoeing comfortable for the older or injured horse!

The Best Barn Hacks - PART TWO!

Some fast and easy barn hacks to make taking care of your horse a bit easier and fun!

Keep Exercising in the Winter!

Why and how you can keep your horse fit in the winter!

Does Your Horse Try to Bite? Nip it in the Bud!

Why horses bite, and what you can do about it!

The Best Barn Hacks - Save Time and Effort!

A few of my favorite barn hacks - to save time and effort around the barn!

How to Mark Your Horse For a Trip or Emergency

Sometimes, we are separated from our horses, here's how to mark them for identification and safety.

The Case for Icing Your Horse's Legs After Exercise!

It's not always super convenient, but a little icing of your horse's legs can go a very long way!

Dealing With Horizontal Hoof Cracks

What causes a horizontal hoof crack on horses?

What's The Best Horse Wound Cleaner?

Your everyday, run of the mill minor horse scrapes can easily be handled with the help of a few cleansers!

Is Your Horse Trying To Tell You Something?

Horses use body language and behavior to communicate - learn what to look for to make sure your horse is feeling great!

Are Liniments Right for Your Horse?

The scoop about using liniments on your horse when grooming!

Nail in the Hoof? Big Problem - Here's What to DO!

If you find a screw or nail in your horse's hoof, his life depends on your swift and careful actions!

Help for the Horse that Becomes a Giraffe When You Try and Put The Bridle On!

Things to rule out, things to consider, things to train as your horse becomes a giraffe during the bridling process.

What's Up With Giving My Horse Beer?

The scoop on beer and horses - why you may, or may not, want to give him beer!

Is Your Horse's Wound Possibly Infected?

How to tell if your horse's tiny, or gigantic, wound is starting to get infected.

When is it Too Stinking Hot to Ride Your Horse?

How to determine when it's too hot to ride your horse!

Your Horse's Passing - Create an End of Life Plan

No one wants to think of their horse's passing, but putting a plan together now can save you heartache later.

Does your horse need ice or heat on his injury?

The basics of injury care, using ice and/or heat to help your horse!

Make Your Own Horse Fly Spray!

Some useful info on homemade horse fly spray ingredients!

Dealing with Manure Stains on Your Horse

A simple method to removing manure stains from your horse!

Dealing with Summer Sores

Summer sores can sideline your horse for months! Here's how to deal with this worm infection.

The Basics of Sweating Your Horse's Leg

How Grooms can safely and effectively sweat their horse's legs when directed to by a Veterinarian.

Reasons for Hair Loss on your Horse's Eyes and Face

Possible causes and things to investigate with your Vet about your horse's hair loss around the eyes and face.

Does Your Horse Stand Quietly for the Farrier?

How and why your horse can stand quietly for the farrier - keep everyone safe!

Desensitize your Horse to Handling for Safer Grooming

Ideas on how you can make handling your horse's tricky areas much safer!

Does your Horse Show Signs of Ulcers?

How you and your Veterinarian can determine if your horse has gastric ulcers!

When it's Too Cold to Ride!

Ideas on what to do at the barn when it's too cold to ride!

What You Should Tell the Veterinarian if You Suspect Colic

When your horse shows signs of colic, call your Vet and be ready to give lots of information!

Give Your Horse a Proper Winter Warm Up

Ideas on how to give your horse a proper winter warm up!

Help for the Cold Backed Horse!

How you can alleviate the often grumpy and sometimes dangerous actions of the cold backed horse!

Does Your Horse Have Allergies?

Different ways that allergies can be detected in horses!

Is Your Horse's Urine Normal?

How you can tell if your horse's urine is normal.

Find Your Horse's Digital Pulse

How to check your horse's digital pulse to gauge for hoof inflammation!

How to Check Your Horse for Gut Sounds

An intro into checking your horse for gut sounds! How and why!

Special Tips for Friesian and Baroque Horses

Tips and tricks for grooming Friesian and Baroque horses.

How to Test For Sand in Your Horse

Simple tests that Grooms and horse owners can do to test for sand in their horse's digestive systems.

Tips for Grooming the Sensitive Horse

Ideas for grooming the sensitive horse!

Identifying and Managing Heaves in Horses

What you need to look for if you suspect heaves in your horse.

The Best Ways to Use Fly Sprays on Your Horse

The best ways to use fly sprays on your horse, for maximum effectiveness and safety for him.

Is Your Horse Dehydrated?

Checking for your horse's hydration can be easy to incorporate into his daily routine!

How Often Should you Bathe your Horse?

Some simple guidelines for deciding when to bathe your horse with shampoo!

The Order of Things - What's your Grooming Routine?

Do you have a step by step grooming routine? This can help you when you are at the shows and pressed for time!

The Ultimate Horse Show Packing Checklist

Everything that Grooms need to pack for a horse show!

Getting Your Horse Ready for Summer

A handy checklist of things to do to get your horse ready for summer!

How are Your Horse's Chompers?

Signs that your horse may need his chompers checked out by the Veterinarian!

Groom After Your Horse Exercises!

The benefits of Grooming after your horse exercises, as well as before!

Got dapples?

What dapples are, and how you can bring them out in your horse - maybe!

Get Ready for the Big Time with Schooling Shows

Schooling shows are a great way to prepare you and your horse for rated horse shows!

Turn your horse out nicely for a clinic!

How you can turn your horse out nicely for a clinic. Almost like a horse show, but not quite.

Maintain your Horse's Chrome Legs!

Grooming tips and tricks for managing the chrome on your horse's legs!

Tea Tree Oil and Horses - What You Should Know

Using tea tree oil can be great for horses - if you have enough background information to make it safe!

Hot Toweling your Horse! Great for Winter Deep Cleaning!

Techniques and tips for hot toweling your horse in winter!

Cooling Out in Colder Weather

Horses may need your help to cool out in the cold weather - so be prepared to spend some extra time!

Winter Grooming Tips for Furry Horse

Winter can be a challenging time to groom the unclipped horse. Here's a list of tips and tricks to make this job easier!

Is Clipping Right for Your Horse?

Some things to consider in the winter for your horse's comfort. Clipping may be a great option for you!

To Blanket or Not to Blanket

Is blanketing right for your horse?? Maybe!

The Inside Scoop on Stall Kicking

The inside scoop on horses that kick their stalls - and how Grooms and owners can understand and hopefully change this behavior!

Staying Clean the Night Before a Show

How to groom your horse before a show, and some ideas on how to keep him clean overnight!

Rain Rot

An overview for Grooms and Horse Owners about the bacterial infection known as rain rot. Some tips for prevention and help!

Hoof Growth

What Grooms and Owners need to know about hoof growth - from the inside out!

The Vacuum - introducing it and using it.

How Grooms can introduce and use the vacuum on their horses - saves time and elbow grease!

Head Shaking in Horses

How Grooms, owners, and Veterinarians can tackle a head shaking problem.

Sweet Itch - not so nice

How Grooms can prevent and treat sweet itch in their horses.

Anhidrosis - no sweat!

How Grooms can spot the sign of anhidrosis, and what Grooms can do to manage this in horses.

Galls - Ouch!

How Grooms can prevent, spot, and treat galls in the girth and saddle areas.

Staying Cool in the Summer - Part 2 - After Exercise

How Grooms can safely monitor and manage their horse's TPR after exercise in the summer.

Household Cleaners as Grooming Tools? NO.

Some Grooms may wonder if using household cleaners is OK for horses.

Horse Sweat

The basic mechanism of horse sweat, detailing water and electrolyte losses!

Staying Cool in the Summer - Part I

Some tips on keeping your horse happy and cool in the summer!

Aural Plaques

Grooms may find aural plaques growing in the ears of their horses - here's background on aural plaques!

Hand Walking Safety

Groom often need to hand walk their horses - an not always under ideal circumstances! Here's how to be safe!

Quarter Marks

Have fun Grooming your horse by adding Quarter Marks! Here are my tips for easy designs.

Fly Sprays

Grooms have lots of options when it comes to fly sprays! Here's a brief intro to some common ingredients!


Thrush is a common bacterial infection of the hoof. Easy to treat if you catch it early!

Often overlooked areas....

Some critical areas of our horses that are frequently overlooked...but shouldn't be!

Clipping Legs and Faces

It's nice to have clipped legs! They are easier to clean, and can help you stay on top of skin issues.

Dry Skin and a Dull Coat

This is a common complaint for both people and ponies during winter. Here are some tips on how to remedy!


Whiskers fall into the same category as manes - long or short, depending on your preference.

Cleaning Ears

Ears - all about them, and do you really need to clean them?

Ticks - Blech!

The basics of tick prevention and management, so hopefully they stay away from the horses!

Helping the Wooly Mammoth Shed Out

Your horse's winter coat has started to shed - will the curry comb ever get a break??


How to make the whole she-bang about poultice easier.

Bath Time

The basics of bathing, and some tips from the Pros.

Scratches. All you could ever want to know!

Information on scratches, it's causes, and how to help you horse overcome them.

Looking out for Long Term Changes in Your Horse

Things we need to notice in our horses - over the long haul.

Watching out for Laminitis

As a Groom, we need to keep our eyes peeled for subtle signs of laminitis.

Chestnuts and Ergots

The low-down on chestnuts and ergots.

Hoof Picking - Getting Back to Basics.

It's a very simple task, to pick the feet. Here are some great reminders about the how's and why's to do it.

Wooly Mammoth Touch Ups

Your fuzzy horse resembles more of some sort of Yetti creature in the winter. How can you spiff him up without clipping him totally?

Shine. Like crazy wicked shine.

Let's take a trip back in time to learn the secrets of the wisp - the ultimate shine maker.

Stall Rest Secrets

You have just been told your horse needs stall rest. Here are some ways for you and your horse to cope.

Temp, Pulse, Respiration

Do you know your horse's TPR?

Whistle and Pee

Some ways to teach your horse to urinate on command.

Looking out for the Older Horse

Some general guidelines of how to care for older horses.

Dandruff - the why's and how's

So your horse had dandruff. Here are some reasons why, and what you can do about it.

Static - not your friend.

How to combat static electricity during dry times.

Washing Faces

How to safely wash your horse's face.

Rubs Here, Rubs There, Rubs Everywhere....

Horse hair and skin can be rubbed away. Here's how to cope.

Sun Bleached Coats

What to do if your horse's coat looks like a 1980's hair band rocker.

Sheath and Udder Cleaning

All the basics on sheath and udder cleaning you could ever want to know....

The Vacuum - friend or foe?

How to use the vacuum!

Sunburn - ouch...

How to prevent sunburn

Hock Sores

How to Treat Hock Sores

Grooming Feathers

Grooming Feathers

Keeping the White Horse White!

Tips and Tools for Grooming the Grays and Whites!