Grooming your horse is important for a multitude of reasons. It helped cement the bond between you and your horse. During the grooming process is likely any injuries the horse may have suffered will come to light.
Ideally your horse should be groomed every day and use an absolute must that you groom your horse before saddling up and riding it. Dirt and grit on your horses back will not only be uncomfortable when a saddle is placed on top of it and they will result in saddle sores.
Its always best to create a routine for grooming your horse – I always start on the left and work my way around so as to ensure by following this routine the whole of the horse is groomed and a miss anything. I like to keep my grooming tools with my saddle, I have a grooming box but I keep my brushes in though any container is fine.
Your grooming kit should contain –
- A curry comb or grooming mitt.
- A body brush with fairly stiff bristles.
- A mane and tail comb. Plastic causes less breakage than metal ones.
- A fine soft bristled finishing brush.
- A hoof pick.
- A clean sponge or soft cloth.
Ideally you would also have
- Grooming spray.
- Hoof ointment if recommended by your farrier.
- Scissors or clippers.
When you go to green your horse Place your bucket or box far enough away from your horse won’t kick it over or trip on it. It’s important to have your horse tied to Chile and safely with a quick release knot or crossties
Clean Your Horse’s or Pony’s Hooves
cleaning your horses whose is very important. Rocks dirt in your or sticks to lodged in the soul from the foot can cause injury during riding. During this process will be older spot any injuries or damage. To start the process your hand down the left foreleg, squeeze the back of the leg along the tendons above the poster and save UP! The horse will soon learn that this command means to lift up the leg which you are touching. Take a hold of the food and pry out any manure dirt rocks or sticks to lodged in the hoof. Take note of any injuries irregularities or cracks. You will need to decide now whether your horse is fit to ride not and if there are any major issues get in contact with your farrier to make a plan as to what has to be done. Repeat this process are the other three hooves.
Currying Your Horse or Pony
Again beginning on the left side with your curry comb or grooming the lesson the dirt in your forces coat carrying a circular motion all over the horse’s body being careful over bony areas such as the shoulders hips and legs. Only use a light brushing motion in this area as many horses are sensitive about having their bellies and between the back legs brushed. Don’t ever placed yourself in a position where your horse is particularly irritated they can kick you. Be aware of the messages your horse is sending you – if you see ears back and tail swishing in agitation you should assume the brushing is too vigourous AV sensitive areas. Inspect the skin for lesions, cuts, sores, wounds and bite marks.
Comb Out the Tangles From the Mane and Tail
move on to the mane and tail using a mane brush. As with brushing people’s hair, start from the bottom untangling the bottom of the tail on the main before working your way out to the top. This will cause less discomfort to horse. Never stand directly behind your horse and brushing the tail – do you understand the needs of the task to be done, your horse may not agree. Grooming spray that works much like condition detailing hair is an excellent product – it also works to clean the hair as it brush it.
Whisk Away Dirt using the Body Brush
the previous use of the currying comb will have brought dirt to the surface of your forces coat, remove it with the body brush. Brush your horse all over the long sweeping strokes following the direction of the horse’s hair. You’ll find the body brush and more effective tool to clean the horse’s legs in the curry comb. As you brush down the legs don’t forget to check the cuts sores and skin irritations on and around the legs, knee and pasterns
With the body brush, whisk out the dirt brought to the surface by the curry comb. Start on one side and move around the horse brushing in sweeping strokes following the direction of the hair the way it grows. The body brush is more useful for cleaning the legs than the curry comb. This is a good time to check for lesions and skin irritations on the legs, knees, and pasterns.
Clean the Ears, Eyes, Muzzle and Dock Area
a damp sponge or soft cloth around your horse’s eyes and muzzle cleaning away any chart or dirt. Inspect your horse’s eyes. An amount of cheering at the corner of the eyes is quite common to check for any inflammation, swelling, redness, or cloudiness. Check your horse’s ears for any lodged seeds or dirt – especially if you notice your horse shaking his head
Apply the Finishing Touches
if your farrier has recommended a hoof ointment to protect and moisturise your horses hooves now is the time to apply it. If you are going riding in a very hot time of the day or you are riding in an area where there are lots of biting insects you may wish to apply topical sunscreen or fly spray.
This seems like a long process, but once you have got yourself into the swing of it should be the complete all of this in under half an hour. Don’t rush and don’t skip any steps or you will risk the health, well-being and safety of your horse and of course increase your risk of hefty vet bills