As we move through February and, hopefully, the last full month of winter weather, you may be feeling as impatient for spring as we are. When I walk out to the pasture, it seems pretty obvious that we humans aren’t the only ones ready for warmer weather. This time of year, the combination of less available grazing and limited riding time makes my horses pretty punchy. As we start the countdown to spring, we thought we’d offer some ideas to help your horse beat the remaining remnants of the winter blues. This week’s topic: winter grooming.
Across much of the U.S. this year, we’ve had several weeks of sub-zero temperatures followed by a few highly anticipated thaws. With the spikes of warmer weather come two things: pools of water that can’t seep through the frozen ground and, of course, mud. On the warmer days, I give my horses a break from their heavy blankets, which inevitably leads to them rolling in the first mud patch they can find, leaving their coats, manes, and tails a muddy, matted mess. And with the temperatures still hovering around freezing, a spray-down with the hose is simply not an option.
Luckily, Absorbine® has the answer to winter grooming frustrations: Miracle Groom®. A waterless product, Miracle Groom naturally cleans, conditions, deodorizes, detangles, and shines in just one application.
With no need for soap and water, this non-greasy cleaner can safely be used in cold weather. Before you use Miracle Groom, you’ll want to let the muddy areas on your horse dry into dirt for best results. Brush off the loose dirt, then lightly spray the area directly or onto a towel. Rub the product backward through the horse’s coat. You can also apply Miracle Groom to the coat using a brush, which helps to remove dander and dirt. For added convenience, you can use Miracle Groom on the mane and tail, making this 5-in-1 product useful as a detangler and conditioner.
No matter what type of weather Mother Nature throws at us, it’s important to keep your horse clean and healthy. With Miracle Groom, you’re one step closer to a clean horse—even if you have frozen water pipes in your barn. Now that’s a ray of sunshine in an otherwise gray season!