How and why do I clean my horse?

Why is it important to groom your horse regularly?

Social contact

If you observe your horse socialising with other horses, you will notice that they groom and scratch each other. This is very important for horses because in some places, such as the back or withers, horses cannot groom themselves because they cannot reach these places on their own.

But social bonding is also very important for horses! A horse doesn't let just anyone get close to it! So it is also a sign of trust and a way to build an even closer bond with your horse.

The health of your horse

When grooming your horse, it is much easier to notice small imperfections. For example, if your horse has a leg that feels spongy or a scratch that needs to be treated. These things are much easier to notice during daily grooming! Because some "aches and pains" are not so obvious, so you can't always see them at first glance!

Grooming before saddling/riding

Another very important point is grooming before saddling! Here it is especially important to clean your horse's saddle and girth area, as the dirt would rub very hard under the tight fitting saddle/girth and in the worst case your horse could even get open sores from it!

If you want to use leg protection (gaiters/bandages) for your horse, you should also make sure to brush your horse's legs especially well.

What do I need to groom my horse?

Here I have compiled a list of grooming utensils for you to get an overview:

  • Curry Comb

You can use a curry comb to remove coarse dirt and mud  from your horse's coat. You can also use it to clean other brushes.

  • Card brush

The card brush is a fairly large brush with medium bristles. It can be used to remove dirt and grime from the horse's coat in general.

  • Shine brush

With the shine brush you can polish your horse to a high shine!

  • Face brush

The face brush is a "cuddle brush" that is particularly suitable for the sensitive head area of your horse. It has extremely soft and fluffy bristles and is great for fine dirt and dust!

  • Massage brush

The massage curry comb is the "wellness curry comb" for your horse! You can use it to massage your horse in a particularly pleasant way and at the same time stimulate his circulation and relieve slight tension!

  • Hoof brush

The hoof brush is a particularly small brush that is especially suitable for the outside of the hooves. It can also be used to remove mud stains from the horse's coat extremely well!

  • Root brush

With this brush you can optimally brush your horse's legs! The bristles of this brush are very sturdy and firm, making it easy to remove even stubborn dirt and grime from the horse's coat!

  • Mane comb/ Mane Brush

With the mane comb/mane Brush you can brush your horse's mane and every now and then also the tail

  • Hoof scraper

With the hoof scraper you can easily remove dirt and grime from your horse's hoof! With the metal piece you can remove the coarse dirt (e.g. stones) and with the bristles on the other side you can remove the finer dirt from the hoof.

The right basic equipment:

Animalon makes it really easy for you to find the right grooming kit for you and your horse.

With the "Premium Set" you are on the right track! Here you have everything and more!

If you don't need some of the brushes, you can of course choose your brushes individually and put together your "own set".

What you should definitely get for your horse are:

  • Hoof scraper
  • Curry comb 
  • Card brush 

These three brushes form the Basic and are a must in every grooming bag

How do I groom my horse properly?

  • Head

The head is the most sensitive part of your horse. Therefore, we need a particularly soft brush for this, the face brush. With this brush you can brush the entire head area of your horse.

  • Body

The body (neck, rump and croup) is the muscled part of your horse, in this area you can easily remove coarse dirt from your horse with the brush. To do this, brush your horse's coat in circular movements.

Then take the brush and brush over the entire area of your horse. You can give your horse the "finishing touch" with the shine brush! This way you can remove fine dirt and dust from your horse and make it shine!

If you also want to brush a horse with the massage curry comb, you can do this first (before you start with the curry comb!). Especially before riding, brushing with the massage curry comb is very effective, as it relieves even slight tension and stimulates your horse's blood circulation.

  • Legs

To clean your horse's legs, you take the Root brush. With this brush you can also remove coarse dirt from the horse's legs!

If you can't get fine dirt out of your horse's coat with this brush, you can also use the card brush or shine brush!

  • Mane/Tail

Spray your horse's mane and tail with mane spray before brushing to make the hair easier to comb. Use a mane comb or a mane/tail brush to free your horse's hair from knots! But be careful not to brush your horse's tail too often, as your horse will lose some hair through combing. However, it can take up to 7 years for a horse's tail to grow to a "normal" length!

  • Hooves.

Clean your horse's hooves with a hoof scraper. This has a metal piece to remove coarse dirt and grime from the horse's hoof (e.g. stones). On the other side are the bristles, with which you can remove lighter dirt such as sand or soil from the horse's hoof.

This article was written for us by  Tine from Pferdisch gut Blog, thank you!