Video: Laurie Pitts’ Grooming Tips

Make your horse gleam with former U.S. Equestrian Team groom Laurie Pitts' time-tested techniques. Video by Amy Katherine Dragoo for Practical Horseman magazine.

In the April 2008 issue of Practical Horseman magazine, top hunter/jumper groom Laurie Pitts shows you her method for making a horse shine from the inside out. Watch as Laurie demonstrates her grooming techniques.

Video by Amy Katherine Dragoo

In the 1970s and ’80s, Laurie Pitts worked for some of the top professionals in the country, including Joan Boyce, Frances Rowe, Rodney Jenkins, Joe Fargis and Conrad Homfeld. She traveled with the U.S. Equestrian Team to the 1978 World Championships in Aachen, Germany, and the first World Cup in 1979 in Sweden. Her favorite charge, Balbuco (ridden by Conrad Homfeld), was also selected for the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Laurie is currently the barn manager, business partner and assistant of Junior Johnson, a top trainer/handler of young horse prospects. She also runs a mobile horse-care business, “Horse a la Carte,” and helps her local Pony Clubbers with their horse care. In addition, she was stable manager for the 2007 and 2008 George Morris Horsemastership Training Sessions.

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