Article posted on America’s Horse Daily on day to day grooming and bathing basics.
July 6, 2009
Day to day grooming and bathing basics.
From our partners at Tractor Supply Company
It’s a good idea to groom your horse daily to prevent saddle sores from forming on or around his back, to enhance circulation and stimulate cold muscles, and to help prevent possible problems by spotting minor scratches, rashes, cuts or swelling before they become serious.
A horse relies on his hair, skin secretions and a thin film of dust to protect against insect bites, scraping, chafing and chapping. The natural grime hosts friendly bacteria; however, regular grooming is still necessary to help ensure a healthy and happy horse. Even if you cannot groom your horse every day, make sure you at least curry and brush him to remove dead hair and dirt. Brushing also helps stimulate the natural oils in the coat that help make the coat shiny.
Quick Tips for Grooming and Washing:
- Do not let dirt build up on brushes during grooming. Knock off the coarse dirt and hairs after each session.
- The best way to be good at clipping your horse is to practice (preferably not right before a show).
- A horse’s mane and tail are supposed to look natural even after they have been clipped.
- Go easy on the soap! Excess shampoo is difficult to rinse out, can leave skin itchy and strips away essential oils from your horse.
- Have different-size sponges handy: a large one for the body and a smaller one for the sheath, other delicate areas and for the face.
- Make sure to use a mild conditioner for the mane and tail after washing.
- Be sure to towel dry when you are completely done, and dry your horse’s heels to avoid cracking and drying.
- Curry comb
- Medium- and hard-bristle brush
- Soft body brush
- Rub rag or grooming mitt
- Hoof pick
- Plastic comb or brush for mane and tail
- Rubber curry comb or mitt
- Adjustable-spray hose
- Shampoo formulated for horses
- Mane and tail conditioner
- Sweat scraper