Photographs by Jessica Dailey of Jess Lynn Photography
Authors Cat Hill, and Emma Ford
When owning, training, riding, and showing horses, there is a certain “look” to which one aspires. World-class “turnout”—a horse in peak condition, perfectly coiffed and luminous with good health, outfitted with gleaming and well-fit tack appropriate for his sport—can take your breath away. And while it can certainly play a significant role in a competitive rider’s success, it is just as appealing to have any horse “groomed to the nines,” whether he’s headed for an afternoon lesson or just out on the trail. But achieving this superior look isn’t just about clean tack, shiny brass, spotless stockings, or perfect braids. The most important steps are found in the day-to-day nitty-gritty of grooming and caring for the horse: noticing “something not-quite-right” about the way the horse looks or moves before it becomes “something wrong”; brushing and combing and trimming a little every day so the horse’s skin and coat remain healthy and he always has a neat appearance; knowing how to prepare a horse properly for training and cool him down afterward, and protecting his body from injury, or treating it when necessary. And no one knows how to do all of this better than those working as “professional grooms” in the barns of the world’s top riders and trainers. In World-Class Grooming for Horses, two of the best pros in the business share their trade secrets, with over 1200 color photographs accompanying the ultimate modern-day guide for all riders who want their horses to look and feel their best.