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Body Clipping Tips from the Pros

We sat down with Megan Johnson, Head Groom for Team SmartPak rider Jon McCrea, to get her tips and tricks for body clipping. What blades do you use when, and why? “I use a T-10 blade for the horse’s body,

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Show Clip Tips from the Pros

We asked Caley Coffey and Dominique Gauthier, grooms for Team SmartPak riders Jason Martin and Charlie Cole at Highpoint Performance Horses, to share their tips for getting your Western horse show-ring ready: Clipping a horse can be stressful and messy,

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How to help a short forelock grow

How can you help a short forelock grow? I have 3 horses, two of them have super short, thin forelocks that just won’t grow! The third horse has a really fluffy, thick mane that even pulling doesn’t help much. –

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Tips for maintaining the perfect tail

My horse’s tail is…Thoroughbred-y. It’s longish, but oh-so-wispy. How do you help a tail grow/fill out more – and how do you keep it from getting destroyed?” – Sara F. from Weymouth, MA My grandad would always say, “it’s the

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Rolex 2014 – A Groom’s Perspective

By now anybody who follows the eventing results know that for team dutton, Rolex this year was a roller coaster ride of ups and downs. My personal journey started early Monday morning, loading the horses and getting on the road

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Becoming A Groom

I’m 19 years old and in college to work with horses. I love your blog and read it avidly. I was curious to know if it was too late to start as a groom (I only know the basics) and

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Ask the Groom: Working for Phillip

“I’m a HUGE Phillip Dutton fan, and I’m so excited you’re back at his barn! He always has the most impressive horses on course, and I’ve always wondered what they’re like in the barn. Can you tell me a bit

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How do you get a horse used to a vacuum?

“How do you get a horse used to a vacuum?” – Janet P. from Denver, CO A vacuum can be a very useful piece of equipment in the barn. It helps to speed up grooming, as well as removing much

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Battling Blanket Rubs

My horse always gets really bad blanket rubs – do you have any tips on preventing those, either by choosing a certain type of blanket, or by treating the hair/skin? – Jamie R. via Facebook Even though there are numerous

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The Perfect Jog Shine

What are your must-have products for a shine that’s sure to impress everyone at the jog? – Amanda R. from Shawnee, KS Presenting a well-turned-out horse at a CCI jog is one of the things a groom takes great pride

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Bathing: How much is too much?

“How often should you wash a horse in the non show season? I rinse him off after hot work days but don’t want to over strip his natural oils.” – Valerie P.S. via Facebook How much is too much to

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Staying Organized on Show Day

Not having an organized trailer tack room can cause for a stressful show day when trying to get to warm up and rings on time. Knowing where to find the essentials but also being able to lay your hands on

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Button Braids: How To’s and Top Tips

Please tell me everything you know about braiding manes! – Sarah P. from Nyack, NY For some, braiding is a daunting task. Having a mane that is not the ideal length or is too thick or thin can be very

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Washing & Wrapping Legs in the Summer Heat

I have a five-gaited American Saddlebred who lives with my trainer and stays in standing wraps when he’s not working. He has incredibly sensitive skin, and we’re having a lot of problems with him tolerating the wraps in the Texas

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Shortening Thin Manes

How do you shorten a mane that’s very, very thin, almost to the point of being “wispy”? I’ve been a traditional mane puller all my life, but the top and bottom third of my horse’s mane has become too thin

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