If you have never groomed a horse before, it can take some getting used to. After all, a horse is a huge animal and there is a vast variety of brushes and combs for you to choose from. How will you be sure you are doing the right thing at the right time ? What part of the horse should you work on first ?.
There can be different ways on how to groom your horse and everybody does it a little differently. However, there are some things that should never be ignored or skipped over. You should always make sure that your horse is securely tied up to his cross ties for the safety of both of you. In addition, make sure that their halter is fastened safely before you pick up any equipment.
When your horse is thoroughly tied, you can start grooming your horse. If your horse hates to have his legs pick up, you might want to start here since this will be the hardest part for you. Most of the time, however, horses are pretty cooperative and will work with you when it’s time for grooming, especially if they are used to the routine. No matter if you get their legs first or last, you will have to take care of the horse’s hooves because that is one of the most important things that you clean.
The best way to start grooming your horse is to stand next to your horse so that you are in line with his left shoulder, facing his back. From there, you can run your hand down his leg and hopefully pick it up. You might have to lean your shoulder against him to throw off his balance and then pick up his leg, but if you do this, be very careful that you don’t pick up his leg at an uncomfortable angle for him.
You will need to clean out all of the dirt, pebbles and more in his hoof. Be careful when doing this so you don’t scrape his feet, but you will need to repeat it with all four hooves.
You will next need to remove all of the dirt and loose hair from your horse’s body. You will use a curry comb for this, moving in a circular pattern to maximize its use. Start at the horse’s neck and move down his body. Don’t forget his stomach and hump!
Be careful on your horse’s side and stomach. Horses can be very sensitive in these areas and if your horse has problems with the curry comb here, switch to a dandy comb. This will help with his sensitivity. If your horse has a lot of mud on its legs, you will have to be very careful to get it off with a curry or dandy comb. Dandy combs don’t work as well in this situation, so it might take some time, but keep the interests of the horse in mind. You don’t want to make him uncomfortable.
Once you have gotten all of the dirt and mud off, you need to use the body brush in the same manner that you used the curry comb. You can brush the horse in short, brisk strokes with the grain of his coat to get all the loose hair. You can clean this brush with the curry comb for maximum efficiency.