Horse care basics

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Care treatments are a great time to make friends with a horse. It is also an opportunity to detect possible injuries, such as wounds or swelling.

It is not recommended to clean the horse in its box, as dust falls on the bedding and may cause an allergic reaction. It’s better to carry out this activity anywhere except the box.4

For care treatments to be carried out properly and efficiently, all necessary horse care accessories, such as:

1. A brush with hard bristles

An excellent “tool” for removing the top layer of dust and sand. The horse should be cleaned starting from the left side, from the neck to the task. Then, the right side should be cleaned in the same way. Particular attention should be paid to the legs and belly, because in these places usually the most mud and dirt.

2. Plastic, rubber or metal scoop

After cleaning the horse’s coat from the first layer of dirt, go to a more thorough way to remove dirt using a scraper. The scraper should be selected carefully depending on the part of the body that will be cleaned. Metal scrapers, although the most accurate, are not suitable for cleaning sensitive areas, as they can lead to injuries. Metal scraper should therefore be used to remove stickers from large surfaces. Here, however, one should also be very careful and carefully press the scraper to the horse’s body, remembering the circular movements. When using the scraper, observe the horse’s reactions to the treatments being performed and if a pain reaction is observed, change the scraper to rubber plastic. The plastic scraper is perfect for many situations, such as combing after riding or combing a horse’s mane.

3. A brush with soft bristles

The use of soft bristles makes the horse’s hair shine. The best method of using a brush with soft bristles is combing the horse under the hair, and then with hair small fragments of the body. The soft brush can also be used to clean the horse’s head. If your horse is afraid of a brush, we recommend having a miniature brush that will fit in your hand or even hide in it. The horse’s fears should disappear.

4. A spatula or a brushpanel

Horse hoof cleaning should also start from the left side. Stand at the front leg, stand towards the croup. Then place the palm of your left hand on the shoulder blade and, with a slow, determined movement, point it down towards the leg. At the command “leg”, the horse should raise his leg. Now, go to the right thing to clean your hooves. Pay attention to the arrow, which is in the “tab” in the middle of the hoof. This is a very sensitive place that can not be touched with a metal part of a ladle. To clean this sensitive point, the “brush” part of the ladle is used.

5. A comb for the mane

Another point of the horse’s grooming is combing the mane. If the tweezers do not allow the comb to be used, combing is best done using your fingers. A plastic scoop can also be used to comb the mane.

6. Tail brush

Recently, universal brushes are often used, both for combing the tail and the mane. As with a mane comb in the case of large tangs, it is worth combing the tail with your fingers. Previously, however, you must get rid of unnecessary bodies in the horse’s tail (eg straw).

7. Sponge

After performing the above care activities, you should wash the nostrils, around the eyes and head with a damp sponge. One should not forget about the genitalia of the horse and the anus. Of course, a different sponge should be used for these parts of the body.

8. A cloth or towel

The last step is to wipe the whole horse with a cloth or towel.

These types of riding accessories are available in most equestrian stores.

Do not forget to care for the horse immediately after the ride. Wet spots on the body of the horse can be wiped with a rag or cover the animal with a blanket to dry. However, it is very important to remember to check the condition of horse hooves after driving. Any embedded elements should be removed immediately with a ladle.

The presented care should be the daily habit of every horse owner. The broadly understood care for the pet is certainly not limited only to daily care, but also to baths for which special shampoos are used. It is recommended to take a bath in lukewarm water to avoid colds. If weather conditions are favorable, you can dry your horse after bathing for a while to sunlight. However, this should not be exaggerated, because the bath aims, among other things, to refresh the skin of the horse, and keeping it in the sun could lead to repeated overheating. In case of bad weather, dry the horse’s fur with a squeegee for water, sweat and a towel.

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