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7 Of The Best Kept Grooming Secrets You Didn’t Know About Yet

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Grooming your horse can be time-consuming, and it’s full of challenges. Here are 7 long-kept grooming secrets that you revolutionize how you groom your horse.

1. Fixing Bleached-Out Tails

The sun can do a number on tails during the summer, and you may find that your bay horse’s black tail is now more of a chestnut color. Don’t worry – human hair dye can restore the tail to its normal color again. Just be sure to test the dye on a small area first to make sure that your horse isn’t allergic.

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Image source: Jean via Flickr

2. Whitening Yellowed Tails

Sometimes no matter how you try, the ends of your horse’s white or grey tail always seem to be yellowed and discolored. Oxi Clean, the laundry miracle worker, can fix this. Mix a little Oxi Clean into some warm water, and scrub the bottom portion of your horse’s tail. Rinse well, and the stains in your horse’s tail will be removed.

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Image source: Tim Green via Flickr

3. Growing Hair Over Cuts

Your halter horse has just scraped his leg, and you’re worried that his hair won’t grow back correctly. The answer? Hemorrhoid cream. Put a bit of the cream over the cut on a daily basis to promote correct and full hair growth. Make sure that you properly care for your horse’s cut for a few days before introducing the cream – your horse’s cut needs to be clean and healing well.

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Image source: Randy Kashka via Flickr

4. Getting a Deep Clean During the Winter

Have you heard of hot toweling? Hot toweling is a great method to get a deep-down clean no matter how cold it is outside. Gather a bucket of very hot water, dip your towel into it, and wring the towel out as much as possible. Rub the towel against your horse’s coat, picking up and removing dirt. Rinse the towel off in a separate towel, dip it into the hot water, and repeat. Cover your horse with a cooler if needed.

Image source: Jean via Flickr
Image source: Jean via Flickr

5. Tame Mane Flyaways

Have you braided your horse’s mane, only to notice flyaway hairs? Placing a little bit of hair gel at the base of your horse’s braids can keep flyaways in check.

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Image source: carterse via Flickr

6. Prevent Hoof Snowballs in Winter

If you live in a snowy climate, you know how quickly snowballs can collect in the bottom of your horse’s hooves. Keep a can of Pam cooking spray in the barn and spray the bottom of your horse’s hooves to prevent snow buildup during turnout.

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Image source: Rick Harris via Flickr

7. Get White Legs White

If you’re headed into the show ring and need to revitalize the whites of your horse’s legs, rub a little baby powder or corn starch into the white areas to really make them pop.

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Image source: Sean via Flickr

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