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A simple step-by-step guide to grooming a horse

A Simple Step-by-Step Guide
to Grooming a Horse

Grooming a HorseGrooming your horse regularly will enable to you to keep his coat and hooves in good condition, as well as monitor his health.

It’s easy, and should only take about 30 minutes.

Adapted from articles on by Jayne D. Wilson

Here’s how:

1. Gather your grooming kit — containing hoof pick, curry comb, stiff- and soft-bristled brushes, comb and towel — and prepare a safe grooming area.
2. Put a halter on the horse and secure him in cross ties or tether him in your grooming area using a quick-release knot.
3. Pick up each hoof in turn and, using a hoof pick, remove all dirt and debris, checking for loose shoes and lost nails.
4. With a curry comb in one hand and a stiff-bristled brush in the other, begin behind the ears and brush the entire coat to remove dirt.
5. After every few strokes with the brush, use the curry comb to remove loose hair and dirt from the brush.
6. Switching to a soft brush, begin behind the ears again and brush with the coat to remove any remaining dust.
7. Be sure to brush the entire body and use your hand while brushing to feel for lumps, bumps and cuts.
Use detangler on the mane8. Spray detangler spray on the mane and tail.
9. Use a brush, comb or fingers to untangle the mane and tail.
10. Use a towel to give a final polish to the coat.
11. Apply hoof conditioner recommended by your farrier.

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