Jan 08, 2016

Tips and Tricks of the Trade: Blanket Rubs

Photo Courtesy of Shannon Kinsley.

Tips and Tricks of the Trade is a new article series being provided through a partnership between Athletux and the USEA.

At Lauren Kieffer Eventing (LKE) it seems like with our busy schedule and high number of horses, we are always clipping in the winter months, and once all the horses are clipped, I feel as though it is already time to clip some of them again. As a result of this, the horse's coats can become increasingly dry resulting in different funguses and at times blanket rubs from always having their coats on.

My tip for blanket rubs and this dry coat issue is to wipe the horses down with Witch Hazel, followed by a coat moisturizer. Witch Hazel can be easily found at the drugstore and applied to a towel to be used. For the coat moisturizer, my favorite is Ecolicious Glossy Gloss Coat Tonic which comes in a nifty, easy to use spray bottle.

Blanket rubs seem inevitable with certain horses, and I have had a great deal of success using olive oil cream anywhere I see them getting rubs, or to prevent rubs on the chronically rubbed areas such as the shoulders. Any olive oil cream will do for this use and it can be found very inexpensively at your local drug store.


Shannon Kinsley is the groom for CCI4* rider Lauren Kieffer. Shannon has many years of experience taking care of horses both at home and in International Competition. For more information about Lauren Kieffer and Shannon Kinsley, visit www.laurenkieffer.com or be sure to follow their adventures via social media at https://www.facebook.com/laurenkieffereventing. Kinsley pictured left. Photo via LKE's Facebook Page.

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