Grooming

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What *not* to do for scratches

For your horse’s sake, resist the urge to try scratches remedies you haven’t heard of before. Many unconventional preparations don't work; others may do more harm than good.

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FEI bans trimmed whiskers in competition horses

Citing welfare concerns, the international sport organization decrees that horses with trimmed muzzle, eye or outer-ear hair will be disqualified from events.

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Dollar Store Finds: For Grooming Your Horse

Trim your horse-keeping expenses by buying some of your incidentals at your local dollar store.

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Shopping for waterless grooming products

When time constraints or nasty weather keep you from giving your horse a bath, these products can help him look his best.

Ideally, each horse will have his own set of grooming tools.

What's in our grooming kits

Just in time for for Amazon Prime Day, the EQUUS editors reveal their favorite picks for keeping horses clean and looking sharp.

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A Brush Buyer's Guide

Ready to restock your grooming kit? Grooming to Win author Susan Harris helps you comb through the options.

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EQUUS Pop Quiz on Bathing Products

Are you shampoo savvy when it comes to bathing your horse? Take this Pop Quiz to find out.

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Which clip to pick?

Let your horse's lifestyle dictate how much coat you remove this winter.

Ideally, each horse will have his own set of grooming tools.

The Long & Short of Equine Coats

The secret to bringing out your horse’s natural shine lies in understanding how his hair grows.

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End-of-winter clipper care

Do these 5 things at the end of the season to ensure that your clippers will last as long as possible.

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Show Ring Shine: A Cheat Sheet

Here's what to include in your 'groom-on-the-go' kit.

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Five Step Mud Removal

Quick and easy techniques for keeping your horse mud-free when it's too cold for a bath.

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Remove Sap From Your Horse's Hair

Here are some home remedies for removing sap from your horse's mane, tail and coat.

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Wash Stall Safety

Keep these safety tips in mind the next time you're in the wash stall with your horse.

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Fixing a Feeble Forelock

A grooming expert explains how to help encourage your horse's hair to grow.

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Birdcatcher Spots Explained

An equine genetic expert explains more about these unusual white coat markings.

Keeping your grooming kit clean and organized makes the job easier.

Organize your Grooming Tools

Here are some basic steps for a grooming-kit overhaul that will make your daily chores a little easier:

The inside of your horse's knees is a common location for bot eggs.

Banish Bot Eggs

Interrupt the lifecycle of these parasites by removing their eggs when you can.

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Unusual Equine Coat Spots Explained

Here's a quick look at some coat-color modifications that go beyond the familiar spots of a Paint or Appaloosa.

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How to Speed Up Your Horse's Shedding

Equine shedding season can mean only one thing, you will be finding your horse's hair everywhere you go. Use one or two of these tactics to help him lose his winter coat quicker.