Grooms have a difficult enough job at the best of times. Constantly battling weather, lameness, feeding regimes, fitness and the every day running of yard can really take its toll. Our pick of 10 of the top tips should help with productivity, happiness and makes some tasks a little easier!
1.Shoutout to @Equine_Services over on Twitter for this game changer of a top tip. Lots of stables or an almighty yard to sweep? Invest in a leaf blower! Will not only save time and energy but will probably do a better job. #Genius.
2. Be prepared. Generally a diary or list can help, but ensure you can reorder feed, book in the farrier/any other routine appointments, make a note of when jabs are due and what needs doing when. It will keep your sanity, for sure.
3. Fran Callan (pictured), groom to Trevor Breen (Aug 2013 - May 2017) says; "Always keep a cool head, you need to be organised and able to take as much pressure and stress off your rider as possible. Deep breathe and roll. It's much easier that way."
4. Want to get grease off of a bridle? Warm water and a toothbrush, it really is that simple! Thank you @Equine_Services for this one.
5. Event Rider Naomi Round adds a tiny drop of baby oil to her cloth before doing quarter markings to produce an exquisite set on her Thoroughbred's bum!
6. Baby powder brightens white socks as well as a whitening block.
7. Beeswax polish works just as well as a detangler on the tail as the leading brands of mane and tail conditioner (at a considerably reduced price!) Naomi Round uses with success on her exracehorse.
8. Groom from the inside out. Feed your horse a diet with plenty of the right oils to encourage a shine year round. Then when you come to enter the showring, the battle is already half won!
9. Wanting to keep a white tail white? Ensure the hair is well conditioned and healthy; stains find it harder to stick to healthy hair than brittle hair.
10. Groom little and often. Grooming for 5 minutes a day will in the long run ensure a healthier, better kept coat than one that is only groomed once a week. It's also easier to keep them clean this way and to keep an eye on the general condition of both the horse and the coat.
What's your top grooming tip? Do be sure to share it with us on our social media pages!