The rainy season brings mud. Here are a few tricks to getting your horse clean!
Sometimes grooming a horse can be fun! There are several different methods of grooming, and in this blog, I will be sharing some of my favorite tips and tricks for grooming. To begin, I will tell you what tools I like to use...
In my grooming bag I like to keep a hoof pick, a soft brush, a hard brush, a mane and tail brush, a rubber curry comb, and a metal curry comb. I also keep other important items in my bag like hoof oil.
It's always good to groom a horse or pony thoroughly before, and after you ride. If you don't have a lot of time before your ride, the main areas to clean should be the hooves, girth area, and saddle area. The saddle area is wherever the saddle pads and saddle will go.
It's important to pick out a horse's hooves because you never know what might be stuck in there. If it's something like a rock, that could really bother the horse whether you're riding or not, and if it stays in there too long, it can bruise the horse's hoof. Think about this, if you had something like a rock stuck in your shoe, your foot would start to hurt, and might even get bruised just like a horse.
It's also important to groom the saddle area because if you were to just put the saddle pads and saddle on top of a bunch of dirt and mud, then that would be a bit of a problem. First of all, you're getting your clean saddle pads dirty. Second of all, the horse may feel uncomfortable, and his or her coat is getting ruined from the dirt getting rubbed around by the saddle pad.
If you use polo wraps, or put boots on your horse, it's also good to brush their legs as well. There are several uses for metal curry combs, but I like to use mine when horses are shedding, or to scrape off dried mud. During the rainy seasons, the pastures get muddy, but that doesn't stop horses from rolling! A metal curry comb makes it 100% easier to clean that mud off.
Have you ever wondered if there was a way to keeping your horse's hooves clean when you put them away? Well guess what! There is! Some hoof oil repels mud, dirt, and water from your horse's hooves.
I have two favorite hoof oils I really like to use. The Sound Hoof Conditioner keeps my pony's hooves super healthy, and the Tea Tree Hoof Oil repels mud remarkably well!
Thank you for reading this article, I hope you enjoyed it!
xoxo, Noelle Stuart
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