Grooming Your Horse, and Why It's Important

Updated: Nov 6, 2020

Hey, y'all! Sam here with a blog post about grooming your equine! Kudos to you for reading this post because a lot of people shrug off grooming as unimportant. Guess what? They're wrong.

I made a post titled "Horsey Hair Care" about how to thicken and lengthen your horse's mane and tail. One of the things I pointed out is the seriousness of your horse having an oily mane and tail. Same thing for its coat. An oily, shiny, and (typically) straight coat is what most people aim for. I mean, why wouldn't you? I've seen horses whose winter coats were matted and, to be honest, hideous. Nobody wants their horse to have a hideous coat. There's also a number of problems not grooming can cause. If I get started on this list, heck, I'll never stop. So if you're interested in finding out the issues it can cause, google it.

Let's just jump right into how you should groom your horse. Now, let's get one thing straight: I'm talking about a full-body groom. One of those grooming sessions you should have once a week. Not the grooming you do before throwing on the saddle every day.

Let's start with the tools you need.

1. A curry comb.

This is the part where you say: "Whoa! Slow down, Sam! You just showed two different tools! Which one's a curry comb?"

Thank you for asking! The answer is (drumroll) both of them! These are both curry combs, and they can be used the same way!

2. A body brush.

3. A mane and tail brush.

4. A face brush.

5. A hoof pick.

You should recognize most, if not all, of these tools. If you have a horse and you don't recognize these, well, you've got a problem.

Now I'm going to tell you how to use these, and in what order.

First, the curry comb. The BLACK curry comb, not the red one. Take this and use it around your horse's body in circular motions. It doesn't matter if you ruffle their coat or not, 'cause that's going to be fixed later.

Once you're done going over their entire body (belly, back, legs, neck, hindquarters) you move onto the next curry comb. The red one. With this curry comb, you have to go the way of their fur. Start from behind their ears, then work you way down to there hindquarters. I would do the top of their legs where that flabby muscle is, but I'd stay away from the bottom with this tool. It might be a little to hard.

Once you're done with that, grab the body brush. Just as you do with the last curry comb, start from behind the ears and work your way down to the hindquarters. If you're about the ride, this brush is extremely important. It helps to get the dirt off of your horse-no dirt, lower risk of the saddle scratching. It also helps to get all those runaway hairs down or off. If your horse is shedding (yeah, it's the season for that, I know), this tool will help the remove all that itchy hair. It will also help with those hairs that stick up. Sometimes those can get bent underneath the saddle, making it uncomfortable for the horse.

Next, take the face brush. Now, you may be wondering why you'd need a face brush when you've already got another brush. NEVER use a body brush on your horse's face. The bristles are sharp and can be extremely disturbing to the horse. Face brushes have very soft bristles, and they're typically a lot smaller, making it easier to brush around their eyes and muzzle.

When you're done with that, grab the mane and tail brush. You know what to do with this one! But remember, be careful. You don't want to rip out those precious hairs.

Last, but certainly not least, the hoof pick! If you don't know what this is or how to use it, you're crazy. Yup, I said it. Crazy 🤪. For you crazies, pick up your horse's hoof and pick it out. That simple. Dirt and stones that get stuck in the hoof can cause your horse a lot of pain. Not the mention the number of problems it could cause. Eventually, your horse could end up lame.

VERY IMPORTANT! You should never use any of these tools on your horse's flank. It's a very sensitive spot. For a lot of horses, it will cause a kick or two. So be careful of that.

Alright. This was the longest post I've ever made on this blog, so I'm just gonna get on with my weekly dramatic exit.

Comment below on how often YOU groom your horse, and what kind of tools you use! Sam Out!

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