One grooms the horse in order to keep it clean and to give the coat a lustrous and beautiful sheen. The body gets rid of salts and other unhealthy substances through the skin and it is therefore important to keep the pores of the skin open. Dust from riding-schools and roads, straw, wood shavings, as well as bulk feed collects in the horse’s coat, and has to be brushed away. Sweat under the saddle and the girth has to be taken away before the saddle is placed on the horse again. Mud that has spattered far up on the legs needs to be washed off before it gets dry and starts chafing.

 Grooming also makes the blood circulate better in the skin and thus aids the transport of nutrients.  The fat glands of the skin function better with grooming and give off more fat making the skin soft and smooth and the hair lustrous. Fat also repels damp and helps the horse to keep its body heat. Consequently, the horse ought to have at least one thorough grooming a day.


Hold the brush in the hand that is nearest the horse’s head (right hand on the right flank, and left hand on the left flank). Start at the head and work backwards and downwards. Always follow the direction of the coat. The grooming strokes need to be long, calm and firm. The horse’s sensitivity decides how firm the strokes can be, and how hard a body brush you can use.

Clean the brush on the curry comb between every stroke and empty the comb now and then by tapping it on the floor. A white residue shows that the horse is regularly and well groomed. Dry the horse with a cloth. Clean the sensitive parts around the nostrils and the eyes, as well as the dock with a humid sponge or a soft cloth. Brush out the mane and the tail. Put the mane on one side of the crest, and brush the mane thoroughly from underneath. Brush downwards step by step, so that the whole mane gets brushed out carefully. Take the whole tail in your hand and brush downwards hair by hair from the dock to the tip of the tail. The mane needs to be regularly pulled and the tail hairs have to be trimmed at the dock, so that the horse looks well groomed.


After every ride it is important that the horse is immediately taken care of. Wash off mud and dirt from the legs with a water hose or wash with a sponge in the same direction as the coat. Take special care of the pasterns where the skin is very thin and sensitive. Check with your fingertips that all the gravel is gone. Dry the horse after cleaning it.

 A horse that is sweaty or wet needs to be dried carefully. Dry the body with a straw whisk that is made by twisting clean and dry straw together. Move the whisk with the coat. If it is not possible to dry the horse completely put a wool blanket on it until it has dried.  


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