Effective cleaning of your horse - the right way to do it!
You come to the stable after work/school and your darling sparkles mischievously at you from the paddock. But all that "sparkles" are his cheeky, big eyes. The rest is evidence of an extensive rolling bath on the ground. Dust everywhere in the coat, straw/shavings in the mane and, to top it all off, dried dirt encrustations on legs and hooves. Open stallholders in particular know what I'm talking about! But there are also candidates among the stall and single paddock horses who know exactly how to get attractive stains. Your mood is already dampened. It doesn't just smell like dung stains, but also like a lot of work. No use - you have to do it! We show you how to clean your horse sensibly and effectively. Let's go!
Horse care - how important is it?
If we look at wild horses, you will quickly realise that they even groom themselves. Their horse care just looks different. Grooming a horse in the wild means being a herd member and taking in the scenery. They pluck whole tufts of hair from each other's coats. Rubbing themselves on trees and bushes. Take a sand bath to scare away mosquitoes. Cross streams and wet meadows. Rain washes them off and sun dries them again. These are all processes that their metabolically active skin and hooves need to live.
Now your Hotti lives in the stable and not on the prairie. It therefore needs your help with horse care. Our domesticated horses are sweaty after work (wild horses are known to avoid sweaty action!). Their pores can become clogged. In addition, they tend to move in confined spaces. Dust is stirred up. Litter is contaminated in places. Self-care is difficult there. Our "domestic horses" can only live out their innate skin care instinct in places. A certain amount of care is therefore necessary. This is not only for the sake of beauty. Your favourite's health benefits from it. It stimulates blood circulation, prevents insect infestation and stimulates nerve pathways, hair roots and muscle tissue. Horse grooming makes perfect sense!
Preliminary work ... Clean the horse ... and go!
In order to loosen the stubborn encrustations from your friend, you will need some handy horse grooming equipment to start with. A sturdy, yet malleable rubber curry comb, such as our CareFlex curry comb, will fight the dirt.
You can easily adjust it to fit the circumference of your hand. Ideal if the grooming session is expected to last longer. With circular movements starting at the neck, work your way backwards in the direction of the coat to the shoulder. Depending on the degree of dirt, you can clean the legs at the same time or only at the end, when the torso is finished. Always clean the legs from top to bottom! Make sure that the pressure you apply to the brush is adapted to the surface! This means that you should brush harder where there is muscle and more gently on the bony areas (e.g. spine, shoulder blade, hips, legs...). By the way, you can find a detailed video on our Animalon products! Horse care explained via clip - visually quite helpful!
Our CareFlex massage curry comb also offers you a secure hold as a first tool and supports productive grooming on your "aardvark". A curry comb that also provides the horse with pleasant wellness pleasure. So it's always useful for the horse. Whether dirty or not - a relaxing massage in between is a blessing for every horse. We're not just talking about grooming the horse - your treasure will benefit from it!
Both rubber currycombs are the same in handling and you should tap them out at regular intervals. This is the only way to ensure that your partner gets clean and that you don't "clean" dirt on it again.
A stiffer root brush (e.g. our CareFlex root brush) can help to get rid of the worst dirt. Whether it's encrusted mud or stuck-on sand - this brush will solve your problem.
Our coat care glove would be interesting for you. Here you have your horse under control in the truest sense of the word! It can be very effective, especially during the shedding season. Loose hair gets caught in it and is easily removed from the hand as a whole tuft. It is well suited for more sensitive areas. You can work very sensitively with it. Basically, you can use it in the same way as the curry comb. It cleans, dehairs and massages at the same time - a great thing and ideal for grooming the horse properly.
Second stroke (could be taken literally!)
When grooming your horse, take the card brush in one hand and your curry comb in the other. With a regular sweep, you now stroke the coat with the new brush in the direction of hair growth. The hand follows the direction of the hair from front to back, into the vertebrae, over the neck, back, ribs, belly and down to the croup and legs - all softly without bumping! The girth position always needs an extra look! It is also important to carefully clean the fetlock bend! A lot of dirt accumulates here. Especially horses with a dense coat (e.g. Tinker or Friesian) can quickly develop inflammatory problems there. From time to time, wipe your tools on the currycomb in your other hand. Do not forget: Brush away from you! Brushing the horse does not mean getting soaked yourself. After all, grooming a horse should be fun and not turn into more work!
For a great finish, use the CareFlex shine brush. Even the smallest particles of dust are caught by it. What's left is a shimmer that is well worth seeing!
A particularly soft brush cleans the horse's head and its most sensitive areas. Our goat hair brush, for example, offers the animal the softest comfort. Gently, it allows a pleasant removal of dirt. Forehead, gauches and ears etc. - certainly no longer a problem with the soft goat hair of this mild brush. It is a great tip for big cuddly dogs!
You can clean the eye area and the nostrils carefully with a damp baby wipe or handkerchief. A sponge would also work, but should always be labelled (eyes, nostrils, bottom...) and replaced with new ones relatively soon. Horse care does not have to be sterile, but we should pay attention to such things!
Now you can devote yourself to your pride and joy - your horse's long coat. To begin with, remove straw and shavings. Often it is enough to shake the tail a little. Your horse grooming kit should also include a tail and mane spray, right? There is a wide range to choose from. There is everything from a gentle natural product to a glitter effect spray to a "super smoothing" spray. In any case, they will make your brushing through a lot easier. Pay attention to the instructions on the bottle and use the product sparingly! After all, your horse's natural protection should be preserved!
Always use the turn-knee technique for the tail: turn the tail in from top to bottom. Place the end of the tail on your knee. Start combing at the bottom. If it brushes easily, open up some of the long hair again. Work your way up to the tip of the tail. You will see that considerably less hair is pulled out. The best thing to do is to use our mane and tail brush.
For the mane, gently comb down from the mane comb towards the ground. Place one hand above the hair to prevent it from pulling out.
Hoof care is important!
Cleaning the hooves is just as much a part of horse care as grooming and brushing. Because: Your horse is a walking animal and needs four healthy hooves! You can only detect diseases such as thrush at an early stage if you check the hooves daily (when scraping them!). Our natural bristle hoof brush and the natural bristle hoof scraper can be of great help here. Both are comfortable to hold and remove even stubborn dirt from the hoof. A must in your horse grooming kit!
First scrape the hoof carefully. Preferably away from you. This prevents dirt from getting into the pastern again. Foreign bodies (stones, wood chips) must be removed from the frog furrows. If your horse has horseshoes, check the spaces between them. Then brush the frog and sole thoroughly. Use the hoof brush to clean the rest of the hoof, both inside and out. Of course, you can also clean and brush the hooves with water. Finally, brush Hotti's wet hooves with hoof oil or hoof grease. The natural moisture balance is better regulated when the hooves are wet! Hoof care is the be-all and end-all of your daily work with the horse and this care should never be neglected!
Phew, done ... with a mathematical conclusion
As you can see, the horse's grooming equipment can make significant differences. Different parts of the body require different brushes. To groom a horse properly has to be learned. If your horse closes its eyes, lowers its head and stands on three legs - then you have really done everything right!