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Owning a horse is far more responsibility than the average pet. While you can easily take care of a cat or a dog in your home while you're running a business or taking care of children, you will find that you have to put in much more time getting to the stables to care for a horse. One of the things you need to make sure gets taken care of, whether it's being done by you or the people at the stables, is the grooming of your horse. There are several things that need to be done on a daily basis.
There are several different tools that you will need to properly take care of your animal. For starters, many people like to use a rubber curry to loosen the dirt that gets into the horse's fur and a body brush that can be made of horse hair on their horse afterwards. While you're getting away from work to head to the stables for a ride, you can also help your horse with a hoof pick, a mane comb, and a polishing cloth. But, you should make sure that you know how to use all of these tools properly before you take on the task of grooming your animal.
You will want to start with the rubber curry and go from the neck and work the way towards the rear. They should be tied up and wearing their halter when you're doing the grooming and you will go between standing and sitting on a stool or box. While you're currying the horse you're going to want to make circular motions with the brush. This is the best way of getting out all of the dirt and grit that has gotten under the coat. Some people have creams and products for sensitive skin and you should know that horses can have sensitive skin as well. Be gentle at first and work from there.
Once you have brushed the horse's coat with the rubber curry and the body brush, you can move to getting all of the tangles out of their mane and tail. This is something that could require a lot of patience and a gentle touch on your part. If you think that you would need scissors to tame their hair and need some help then there are some grooming sprays that you can get from tack shops. This is something that you can also leave on the hair to help you groom them in the future.
One of the most important things that you will need to do to groom your horse is clean out their hooves. If you're planning to make your plans with a stable in the back so that you can ride every day then this is something you will want to do before and after your ride each time. Slide your hand down their leg and squeeze the back of the horse's leg by their tendon. This should make them lift their foot and you can use your hoof pick to get out all of the manure and dirt that is in there.
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