Don't let grooming be a "night-mare"!
Don’t let grooming be a night-mare!
It’s widely known that grooming your horse is extremely important, and should be done as a part of your routine care. Grooming improves health of the skin and coat, decreases the chance of some health problems, and cleans the horse so chafing does not occur under areas of tack. It also is a great way to bond with your 4-legged friend!
Don’t know if you’re doing all you can to get the most out of your grooming routine? Check out these useful tips- in many cases, what makes the difference in horse grooming results is not talent but technique.
Although it’s tedious, keep your brushes clean as you go! Clean the bristles with a metal or rubber curry
Let mud dry before attempting to brush it out
To reduce static electricity in manes & tails, keep dryer sheets handy
Detangle manes and tails with your fingers instead of a comb
Sponge your horses face clean after exercise to prevent fungal hair loss
Groom from the inside out- health and nutrition are the basis of a good hair-coat
Don’t over-bathe- lots of soapy baths will dry and dull your horse’s coat
There are no shortcuts- use your time and elbow grease
Overall, grooming is a positive activity for both the horse and the human. Everyone is busy and has hectic schedules so grooming can seem like a chore, but make sure to set aside time to get out, get your horse, brush them off, and clean their feet. That 10-15 minutes per day really does make a difference for both of you.