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Liv Gude

July 28, 2014

So You Want To Be A Groom...

So you think you want to be a professional groom? Liv Gude of Professional Equine Grooms has some words of wisdom...

You should DO IT. I say that because I was a professional groom for years, and looking back, it was the best way to further my education as a horseman.

June 18, 2014

No Tack Stall? No Problem! How To Work Off The Trailer Effectively

It’s horse show season! This will likely generate a mix of excitement, butterflies, massive planning attempts, and possible total frustration if you need to work out of your trailer.

Liv Gude of Professional Equine Grooms knows that if you take some time before your show to get your equipment in order and develop a plan you can make your trailer an awesome home base for your horse. 

Let’s work our way through a few scenarios:

May 20, 2014

Tame Your Dressage Horse's Hair Dragons

You have decided to enter some dressage shows this summer!  Your horse is going well, you have memorized your tests, and your entries are all filled out. 

And then you take a good look at your horse….It seems he is channeling his inner fuzz monster—he’s growing a beard, you could braid the hair on his legs, and his tail looks like something a chimney sweep could use. 

Liv Gude of Pro Equine Grooms tells you how to take your dressage horse from wild and fuzzy to show ring sleek in just a few steps!

March 18, 2014

How Do You Make The Bed?

It's the surface on which where your horse lives and sleeps, if he's stalled. The bedding you choose make a big difference not only to your horse's comfort, but also to your ease of cleaning. Liv Gude of Pro Equine Grooms compares a few options...

January 14, 2014

Does Your Tack Trunk Look Like Tossed Salad?

It’s a new year, so you are full of ideas, shows on the calendar, and inspirational training ideas. It’s also January, so if you’re not lucky enough to be in Florida or California, it’s cold outside, and some days are just too cold/wet/snowy/icy/icky to do anything with your horse besides pet him on the nose. Consider this the perfect time to use your energy organizing your “stuff” for the upcoming year! Liv Gude of Pro Equine Grooms has a plan of attack for you.

December 17, 2013

What's On Your Horse's Holiday Wish List?

Now that the holidays are just around the corner, it’s time to think of adding of your horse to the gift list. OR, if that has already happened, adding a few more things to your list for him. Liv Gude of Pro Equine Grooms has some suggestions...

November 19, 2013

Tips For Making A Picky Eater Love Mealtime

We’ve all been there, watching our horse pick through his grain with those incredibly dexterous lips, sifting out the pricey supplements or necessary medication. Or, he might just turn up those lips at every grain you serve him, confounding your best efforts to provide him with the best nutrition money can buy.

October 8, 2013

To Clip Or Not To Clip?

Does your horse resemble a wooly mammoth come December? Wondering if you should take the plunge and give him a buzz cut? Liv Gude of Pro Equine Grooms talks about what you should consider.

To clip or not to clip? This is sometimes a great debate among horse owners and trainers—people wonder is it necessary, are we interfering with what’s natural, how much extra time it may lead to with blanketing and the like.

September 10, 2013

If You Wonder If You Should Call, Call

We’ve all been there. It’s a Sunday afternoon, and your horse is running a bit of a fever. Or, he came in from the field with a gash that makes you wonder: “Is this stitchable? Or not?”

August 12, 2013

When Should You Call Your Farrier?

When your horse comes in from the field missing a shoe, it's simple to decide to call your farrier to come. But there are a few scenarios when you might wonder who to call--the veterinarian or the farrier? This can be tricky, and often the answer is not clear until you dig deeper into what may be going on. Let’s attack a few issues that you may discover with your horse and figure out if it’s appropriate to call the farrier.  

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