Thursday, September 23, 2010

Redirecting towards grooming again!

Lately it seems I have gotten a bit off track. This is a grooming blog after all, yet I have posted about the cow, getting the WB mare Aruba going under saddle, getting the pony stallion going in harness and a bunch of other stuff. Lately even all of that has sort of come to a stand still.

For Sale Fridays have gone by the wayside although a few people still have the tack they would like to see go to a new home and get some use... Myself included- 2 bridles, a girth, a few bits, the two carts, etc. still hanging around... I believe there are a few saddles owned by the people commenting that are still available, one western show type saddle, one all purpose English saddle. One person emailed asking if I would feature their dressage saddle and when I said yes, please send photos and the info- nothing.

We have talked about getting great deals on tack and accessories, where to find great deals on tack and accessories and what we all like and dislike about things we have or have used. I have gone over blanket repairs and some points of saddle fit, which western pads I like and why, etc.

There is still a lot to cover though. Braiding, banding, mane pulling, clipping, body clipping and surely there are things going on in breeds of which I have not shown or handled- which I have no idea what you guys do or why? If there is anything in particular someone needs to go over for an upcoming show, now is the time to put in your request. If you show draft breeds or have experience with a particular breed in which I do not- feel free to write a guest post and I will gladly put it up.

I did not get decent enough photos of Kat before the show with his mohawk, let alone the battery on my phone died in the process of trying to take some... I also did not get any photos of him since with his ears clipped out and neatened up. I will try and get a couple of those over the weekend and put them up. It is also about the time that some of our horses are getting a bit of a winter coat and some of the people showing will be contacting me about clipping their horses. I may do one or two of ours for grins too, Kat does have the driving show in November...

So now is the time to go through the box with the clippers in it. Pull out all the blades, send them out to be sharpened, maybe even take the clippers in for a once over to have everything checked and anything needing to be fixed, replaced or repaired- done. There's nothing worse than getting half way through clipping a horse, than to have your clippers fall apart or break on you. When you are clipping a horse for someone else- its even worse! Having an extra set of clippers on hand for just that, can save you. I am eyeing this pair since having sold my Osters.

If you have clippers and need them sharpened, but don't know where to take them- ask a local dog grooming place or barber shop. They would very likely have a place they send theirs or someone who comes in to do them. If someone comes in to do theirs, ask what day and time and if you could bring yours in to have them done too. If you are unable to find anywhere nearby to take things, Ryan's Pet Supplies here in Phoenix offers repairs as well as replacement clippers, blades and dryers. They have a wide selection of brands and are the most reasonably priced I have found yet.


  1. My Fridays for sale went by the wayside as well, but I did in fact find homes for all but onehorse , so I would say a success.Charlie's horse sold just last week, so all I have is Maggie.But I do have some tack to add to the piles so If you start up again let me know.As for the grooming , if your show season is on the up swing, I am looking forward to more grooming /showing tips

  2. George Morris would say....

    "The horse is clean and in good weight, which is the foundation for any good turnout."

    That totally made my day. That guy has good... um... hands......

  3. I like how he didn't appear to me to be slamming down on the horses back after the jump. And those were some jumps, not just crossrails...

    Guy has some nerve and a damn good seat (in more ways than just one). Even when the horse got a little squirrely here and there.

    Did he win?

  4. Who knows? and what color was hat hores? I figure he must have lost a bet or won one to do that .Did you see how warmly dressed everyone else was?
    Just got this off of the barn mice site
    "This video was recorded during a Show Jumping in Bourg-en-Bresse, France. The show was supposed to be a costumed show, but rider D. Ribot did not have a costume ready. He informed the jury about that, and they told him (as a joke) that he should just compete naked. Which he ultimately did..."

  5. I love how he wore a hard hat, though.

    Joking aside, that guy is a GOOD rider. Good equitation stemming from functional hands and an independent seat.

    Actually a video like that would be a useful "visible rider" kind of lesson.... well, if you could ignore some of the anatomy.

    A trainer once pointed out to me that you can always tell a REAL cowboy by his ass. I spent a lot of time in the 80s trying to discern whether the dude was real or urban Cowboy.

    As for grooming, if you blanket your horse, be sure he's CLEAN when you start!!!

    Also, does keeping a horse under lights REALLY inhibit hair growth that much?

  6. Also, what's your recommendation for cheap cordless trimmers? I used to have the same model Oster cordless that my hairdresser did - a little maroon rechargeable thing - that worked great for ears, muzzle & fetlock and bridle path touch-ups. Finally it died. I don't need "real" clippers, but I don't like the look of the cheap pocket trimmers I see at the tack store.

    I just need something for trimming, since Chip will be a yeti again this winter.

  7. Funny, I didn't notice a hat...

    ow, ow, OW.
    InGrown hairs, or what??

  8. Fern- there were a few different posts of that one to YouTube. The music on this particular one just fits so well though. Doesn't look like he lost a bet at all and with only one rail down, he did a great job in my opinion.

    CP- to address a few things for you,
    the jury is still out on the lights. I haven't seen any benifits, but some people swear it works. Some who used the red heat lamps have said their mares heat cycles went haywire and when breeding in the spring, it was all off kilter.

    Cowboy butts- One of the truck drivers at my previous job had 'that look'. Indescribable, but one look and I knew he had horses and rode. Turns out Virgil had an appy gelding up in Colorado. Him and one of my co-workers wondered all the time, how I knew he had a horse. He just had 'that look' about him. It wasn't the clothes- tee shirts, jeans, work boots and baseball caps... From then on, he was known as "Virgil the Cowboy Dude".

    Cordless clippers? I will have to ask the vet what kind he has. I don't so much care for cordless. My luck is the battery is usually dead when I need them.

    Clippers with cords- The Andis are extremely quiet in comparrison to the Osters and do not get nearly as hot either. Even over prolonged use. The mom of the one girls whose horse I clipped remarked about that after touching the clippers after I had finished one whole side of the horse.

    Andis also do not have those vents on the side that seem to blow the hair all over you as you work. I hate that. They do however have a plastic armature inside that needs replaced from time to time. Not expensive, hard to find or do, but still. If they made it out of metal- no complaints from me.

    GL- I don't even want to imagine where... I agree. Ow!

  9. Side note on the clippers- I used to be a DIE HARD Oster fan. A5's were the bomb! Nothing else worth using....

    Until I used the Andis. Why else would I have sold my A5 turbo's? To pay for a second pair od Andis. Of course!!!

  10. Certainly did, Although the nudity was distracting(lol) it was clear the he was a very good rider, and it took some guts to go out there and ride as he I said beyond all else it didn't look terribly warm out.

  11. Hubby got me cordless 'Moser' by Wahl clippers, Arco SE. Absolutely wonderful. I can clip my entire Great Pyrenees dog (who has fine, woolly, horrible on clippers, super thick hair) on one battery charge, and recharge time is one hour. Can do bridle path, ears, noses and legs on 4 to 6 horses before needing recharge. Quiet and less vibration, my old show horse can handle them without being tranked. I sure wish the company would pay me for saying how much I like them, hahaha!