When owning, training, riding, and showing horses, there is a certain "look" to which one aspires. Often it is set by the horses seen on television, at special events, in public performances, and in top competition around the globe. 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 sportliterally takes 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.
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. It is the responsibility of these elite experts to keep their four-legged charges happy, healthy, and primed for peak performancein body and mind. Now, two of the best professional grooms in the business share their trade secrets, with over 1200 color photographs demonstrating how to clean the horse from nose to tail; wrap, clip, braid, and ship him; prepare him for or present him in various English competitive scenarios; and care for him after work or showing so he is rested and ready to do it all again. This book is everything you need to know from the pros: The ultimate modern-day guide for all riders who want their horses to look and feel their best.
Cat Hill freelances as a groom in every discipline. Throughout the years she has worked at almost every type of competition, from the local fair to the Pan American Games. Emma Ford has groomed at almost every four-star event in the world, and has been a member of the U.S. Eventing Team at multiple Olympic, World, and Pan American Games. Throughout the years, in addition to eventing, Emma has had the opportunity to turn horses out at many upper level show-jumping competitions including the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington Florida.