Five steps for winter grooming

All Tennessee horse people dread the winter for 1 main reason…


We are seeing LOTS of this at the Green Barn and we haven’t even reached Turkey Day yet!


So, in preparation, I am reviewing my protocol* for healthy horse winter grooming:

  • Maintain skin health – a curry comb and a shop-vac does wonders! Just say NO to rain-rot!
  • Treat your horse to a bath – warm water and hair dryer if below freezing
  • Take the offensive against scratches – put Desitin (diaper rash cream!) on the back of the pasterns to ward off this skin inflammation
  • Let down his hair – change tail bag (if your horse wears one) every 10-14 days
  • Maintain hoof health – keep hooves picked out daily and treat proactively for thrush 1x week

*Courtesy of

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