Grooming a Horse

Most people know that horses require a lot of care and food. Grooming a horse not only keeps him looking good, but it also allows the owner and the horse bonding time and helps to keep the horse healthy. While the horse owner is grooming the horse, he/she is also looking for lumps, bumps, or anything that is on the horse that shouldn’t be. Horses tend to be dirty by nature and dirt clings to their coats so they really need daily grooming. Some horse owners find that grooming the horse is work, but very enjoyable for both horse and owner. This is a guide as to what you will need and what you will do if you are going to efficiently groom a horse.

There are certain tools that are necessary for grooming a horse. Brushes are an important part of any grooming routine and there are three kinds that you will use: stiff brush, soft brush, and a mane and tail brush. Other tools are a cloth or sponge, a sweat scaper, a hoof pick. Rubber curry comb, and a shedding blade. I recommend that a horse be tied when you are grooming and not in a closed quarter. If the owner must groom in closed quarters, he/she must remember safety rules for being close to a horse.

The first step to grooming is to start at the bottom of the horse- clean the hooves. Stand on the left side of the horse and use the pick with your right hand to scrape dirt out of the hooves. The frog, or the triangular part of the bottom of the hoof, will need to be check for rocks, nails, or other items that could lodge into the horses’ hoves. The frog itself can’t be scraped. When finished with this step, switch to the right side and do the same. If trained properly, a horse will life his hoof for the owner when asked too. So just like how solid and helpful bearded dragon DIY terriarium setup class is, proper grooming for your horse is very crucial in maintaining a healthy relationship with it. 

The second step is to use the curry comb to bring dirt to the surface of the coat. Begin where the neck meets the body and continue down the horses’ body. Always start on the left side the same as with the hooves. The horses’ legs can be done this way as well as long as you are extremely careful. Once this is finished, use a stiff brush to brush away all of the dirt that the curry comb just brought up off the coat. Always brush in the direction that the horse hair lies. Once this is complete, use the soft brush to remove any left over dirt and then you should begin to see a shine to the coat.

Completing the grooming process, requires use of the soft cloth which is used to wipe the coat down and make it even shinier. The cloth can be used to clean the insides of the horse’s nostrils, this eliminates any mucus or dirt that has accumulated there. If the horse seems scared of the cloth in his face , stop and don’t do this step.

Lastly, groom the horse’s face by using the soft brush. Stand at the side of the horse and use long, gentle strokes. Most horses will enjoy this, but some won’t. Let the horse smell the brush before you touch it against his head and move slowly. At this point, you will also want to use the mane and tail brush in order to clean those areas as well. Use a hair detangler if the mane seems to be tangled much.

Patrick

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Patrick is a part-time fitness trainer and pursuing his Master’s in American Literature from Stanford University. He wishes to share his fitness plan with others to help them achieve their goals in terms of fitness and education.