allows for a good way to examine the horse closely
is good training in obedience and manners
Why do we groom?
Some Common Grooming Supplies
Mane and tail comb/brush
The Curry Comb
round brush made of rubber or plastic
has small nubs on one side
used in a circular motion to loosen large amounts of dirt and loose hair
is never used on the face or legs!
The Dandy/Hard Brush
has stiff bristles which are often plastic and colorful
used in short strokes following the direction of the hair to remove loose hair and dirt
is not used on the face or legs
be careful at the flank(the hair grows in another direction)
The Body/Soft Brush
has softer bristles which are normally black or natural colors
used in smooth strokes following the direction of the hair to remove finer particles
can be used anywhere on the body
The Mane and Tail Combs
come in a variety of shapes and sizes
used to brush knots and tangled material out of the forelock, mane, and tail
if the hair is tangled, it’s best to start at the bottom and work up (just like brushing your own hair)
has a short metal hook and possibly stiff bristles opposite
hook used to clear out dirt and debris from hoof
stiff brush used to remove dirt from the outer hoof
Step One: Confine Your Horse It is best to put your horse in cross ties. However, if none are available and you trust your horse, you may choose to just put them in a stall or use a slip-release knot(as shown).
Step Two: Pick Out the Hoof Start standing beside the leg you want to pick up, facing the horse’s rear.
Step Two: Pick Out the Hoof Put your shoulder against the horse’s shoulder to provide support while running your hand down his leg, starting at the knee.
Step Two: Pick Out the Hoof When you reach the fetlock, squeeze lightly. The horse should then pick up his foot.
Step Two: Pick Out the Hoof Hold the hoof in one hand while picking out the dirt and debris in the hoof with the other.
Step Two: Pick Out the Hoof You should pick from heel to toe, making sure to avoid the frog.
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A Clean Hoof!
Step Three: Use Curry Comb In small, circular motions brush the horse all over the neck and body. You should see loose hair and dirt where you have brushed.
Step Four: Use Dandy/Hard Brush In short strokes following the pattern of hair growth, brush loose hair and dirt from the neck and body.
Step Five: Use Body/Soft Brush Following the direction of the hair, use smooth strokes to brush any remaining dirt from the coat. This is where your horse should really start to look glossy! Don’t forget you can now also brush the legs and face.
Step Six: Comb Mane Brush the mane and forelock just like you would brush your own hair. If there are tangles, it is best to brush them out from the bottom and work up. If there are no tangles, you can brush with long, smooth strokes.
Step Seven: Pick Out Tail When picking out the tail, it is important never to stand directly behind the horse. Instead, pull the tail to the side of the horse and use your fingers to gently remove foreign matter and untangle knots. It may be helpful to separate the tail into smaller sections and work each portion by itself.
Step Eight: Clean with Rag Finish up by using a soft rag or sponge to clean around your horse’s eyes, nose, and dock. You may also choose to use another rag to go over your horse’s body and really get him to shine!
References Copper, Marcia. Take Care of your Horse. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1974. Print. Harris, Susan. Grooming to Win. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1977. Print. May, Chris. The Horse Care Manual. London: Quarto Publishing plc, 1987. Print.