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How To Groom A Horse

How to groom a horse is one of the first things you will need to learn. It is important for a variety of reasons.

how to groom a horse

Bel is nicely groomed and ready to go!

Once your horse is in the grooming area where they should be secured on cross ties with quick release snaps  you are ready to begin.

The first thing you want to start off with is to pick out your horses feet with a hoof pick. This is one of the most important things to do when you groom.

You want to make sure you learn how to do it properly. Look for rocks or foreign objects in their foot. I remember years ago we found a wood  screw in a horses foot.  Even though it wasn’t very deep I still needed to use a screwdriver to remove it.

Standing on rocks can cause abscesses, and other objects caught in their feet can cause lameness, sometimes even permanently.

If your horses’ foot has a foul odor it can mean that your horse has thrush. In this case you should bring it to the attention of your instructor. There are many products, such as  Thrush Buster, made to treat this condition.

Once the feet are taken care, of the next step in how to groom a horse is to begin with the body. You should start with a curry comb.

Begin at the neck, press firmly and proceed in a small circular motion over the main body, shoulders and upper legs .

The horse should enjoy this activity as this gets out many loose hairs, dirt, dust and other debris. Plus it must feel great, I know how much I enjoy  back rubs!

Remember that horses, like people, are all different and some are more sensitive than others. Adjust your pressure according to your horses’ reaction and avoid pressing too hard where the bone is closer to the skin.

Also, some curries are softer or harder than others. Make sure you are using one that is comfortable for your horse.

While you are doing this you want to watch for any cuts or sore spots. Once you are done with his main body,  you should use a softer curry comb on his head and lower legs.

Stiff Brushes

                       Colorful Stiff Brushes

If you have purchased a horse grooming kit it should contain all, or most, of the grooming tools that you will need.

The next step is to use a dandy or stiff brush. I usually will only use one if there is dried mud on my horse. A stiff brush can be particularly helpful on muddy lower legs!

Firmly grip the brush and place the bristles against the horses body, stroke with the hair not against. Flick the bristles out and hopefully you will see some debris flying off the horse.

Some barns will have medium brushes available as well. You will want to finish up with a soft brush going over his whole body, neck, face and legs, flicking away the last of the dust.

When you do their legs and face you want to be gentle but firm, once again watch for any reactions that might need attention.

Now it’s time to finish with the mane and tail. You want to use a mane and tail brush with nice,

widely spaced bristles. In fact, some barns may only want you to “finger comb” the tail!

With the mane and tail brush you will want to start at the bottom, just like you would on your own hair if it were long.

That way you aren’t trying to drag the brush through a bunch of tangles all at once. You can work them loose a little at a time without ripping out hairs!

You are all ready to learn about tacking up now that you have learned how to groom a horse!

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“Must Have” Horse Grooming Tools

Types of Horse Grooming Tools

Having the right type of horse grooming tools is as important to properly cleaning your horse as a hammer and nails are to building a house!

One way to gather together the right tools is by purchasing a grooming kit that contains all of the necessary horse grooming tools.

If you choose to go this route you will not have to purchase all of the items separately. It is definitely the simplest, and probably most cost effective, way to go.

Horse Grooming Kits

I really like the Weaver Leather Horse Grooming Kit. It’s perfect for beginners and seasoned horse owners alike.

One of the reasons I love purchasing a complete grooming kit is because it comes in a tote. This helps me stay organized by keeping all my horse grooming tools in one spot. I can just grab it and go!

However, regular size brushes can be a challenge for little hands. If you have a small child you might want to get them a kit that has horse grooming tools that are sized to be easy for them to handle.

I really like this cute, cost effective Weaver Youth Horse Grooming Kit. It’s also a favorite of the kids at my barn.

Everything is kept in a clear plastic drawstring bag. The bag makes for easy carrying andChildren'sHorseGroomingKit organization.

The kit comes in two color choices and is decorated with a glitter and heart theme. It Includes a body brush, face brush, hoof pick, curry comb, mane comb and sponge.

It is rated 5 out of 5 stars and is sure to be VERY popular with your young equestrian as well! Another plus is the great price. This kit is under $20

Hoof Pick With Brush

Although these grooming kits are generally all inclusive there are a couple of other items I like to have on hand and find myself using them almost every day.

One of them is a hoof pick with a brush on the end. I find this tool very useful.

When I am finished picking out the hoof I like to give a final brush-out so that I can do a quick visual check of the bottom of my horses’ hoof.

I like the grip (and the price!) of this Intrepid Hoof Pick. When I have a choice of hoof picks I always choose one with a brush! Besides brushing out the bottom of the hoof I can also use it for brushing mud off the hoof wall.

Rubber Grooming Mitt

Another tool that I love is the rubber grooming mitt.  I like to have it on hand and it helps me feel like I am massaging my horse.

This experience helps me feel closer to my horse and I find it a “softer, gentler” way of currying horses with more sensitive skin. It’s also handy to use for massaging in shampoo when you are giving a bath.

If anyone has other items they don’t like to do without, please share them below…we all like to find new things to add to our collection of horse grooming tools!



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