grooming horse

That’s how it works! Fur, mane, tail and your horse’s clothes must be cared for regularly. Read our tips on what to look out for in the following article!

A ride over dusty ground, rolling around in the pasture: Even if it’s all the fur of the proud steed strained, it just has to be allowed to be a horse. Proper care is essential so that everything still shines and is healthy. In addition, grooming is an important social act – among horses, but also between horses and their owners. Horses “lice” and clean each other, thus suggesting: “We belong together”. Especially horses that stand alone in boxes need exactly this social contact for their well-being. By caring for your horse, you are suggesting that you belong together. You strengthen the trust in yourself and thus the relationship between you.

How does proper grooming work on a horse? The result of proper grooming and grooming is clear: shiny, smooth and healthy fur. Another plus: during grooming you have the opportunity to examine your horse and the skin for potential injuries, swelling or coat problems.

But how does grooming work on a horse correct? The following items are included:

A complete cleaning kit

Cleaning the coat with a curry comb, brush ( e.g. with a root brush. or a brush) and special gloves.

Rinse with water or wash the horse’s coat with shampoo.

Application of coat care products such as our tail and mane spray

Feeding additional feed that is good for the metabolism, skin and coat.

Depending on the type of fur, tail, mane and feathers: scissoring or grooming the horse.

You should You pay attention to grooming and cleaning

Grooming begins with grooming. This involves removing manure, mud, dust and mud from the coat with a hard plastic or rubber curry comb. You should brush your horse regularly and if there is stubborn dirt, you might need a shower with water or a special shampoo.

This is how you groom your horse properly If your horse is sensitive, a rubber curry comb is more suitable than a hard plastic curry comb. However, the latter cleans more intensively due to its harder bristles.

Work with circular movements and light pressure. This is how you clean the fur and massage your darling at the same time. In any case, pay attention to how your horse reacts. Does he enjoy the massage or is it not his thing? If the latter is the case, it is better to work with a little less pressure. Legs, head and joints should not be worked on, or only with a soft curry comb. Make sure that the entire coat of your horse lies flat and in the direction of growth after the grooming, otherwise chafing may occur when saddled up.

Grooming during the coat change Reiter knows it: The horse’s coat change is pending, your horse says goodbye to the winter coat and whether in everyday life or when cleaning: far and spread nothing but hair.
Regular grooming can make this process much more pleasant for horse and rider. Correct brushing is important. With special combs for changing the coat, you can easily brush out the loose hair and pull out the undercoat without damaging your horse’s top coat.

When cleaning, you should make sure you wear the right clothes yourself and never wear clothes that attract hair (e.g fleece).
Caring for the time of the change of coat involves a little more effort, but increases the well-being of horses enormously and so you will have more fun riding and in the stable. In addition, the entire organism of the horses is running at full speed during this time and is happy about support in the form of Supplementary feed or valuable oils.

Coat care when grazing A slightly different type of care is required for grazing horses. If your horse is in the pasture day and night, it needs less intensive grooming: in this case, cleaning is hardly necessary, since the horses use the layer of dirt as insect protection and this also allows the rain to drain off better. You don’t have to clean, groom or weight these horses much or at all. Of course, the skin and coat should still be checked regularly in order to detect wounds at an early stage and to monitor the general health of the horse.

The addition of biotin to the feed is of course a good idea for grazing horses to support skin, hair and hooves.

Dust as a special case A problem that every horse owner knows: Especially when it’s hot outside, meadows and paths become dry and dusty . A dry spring means pollen. Thorough grooming is always the basis here. This is how you remove stubborn dirt from the fur of Snowflake and Co. Afterwards, soft brushes (brushes) are suitable for removing dust and dirt from the surface of the fur. Brushes with long bristles, such as root brushes, are also suitable for removing dust from deeper layers of the coat. Special gloves, for example made of lambskin, are suitable for fine work to remove finer dust. Damp (not wet!) towels are also ideal for removing dust from the fur.

Shower off stubborn dirt You brush and groom, but the dirt won’t go away? Soaking helps. Light fur in particular is not so forgiving and sometimes a water shower is needed. In any case, use warm water if you want to give your horse a complete shower. Aside from the fact that your horse doesn’t cool down as much and its circulatory system tolerates warm water better, dirt dissolves better when it’s warm. If that doesn’t help either, it’s time to shampoo. The following applies here: as often as necessary, as seldom as possible! Shampoo disrupts the natural skin barrier, which is essential to protect the skin. Be sure to use horse shampoo. After the shower you should dry your horse well and warm it up. Horses should never stay wet for long periods of time, otherwise they may catch a cold.

Caring for a shiny coat on horses Coat and tail are especially beautiful when they shine. Certain items, such as our biotin and mane spray, support coat and hair with vitamins and high-quality oils. They can be applied daily. You can spray grooming sprays directly onto your horse’s body or onto the brush you use. This is how you distribute a small amount evenly over the whole horse. Supplementary feed for shiny coat

The choice of feed ultimately determines how healthy your horse’s coat and hair is is. High-quality oils, such as Omega 3, ensure that the coat, tail and mane are supported with additional vitamins. Zinc and biotin, contained in our Biotin Liquid, also ensure a healthier horny layer of the hooves.

Our product recommendations for your horse for this article: Premium combing, mane and clipping spray

Biotin

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