Originally Posted by MaggiStar
`The word is whisp them down well that's what it is over here
Oh yes, I just googled "wisping a horse" and that's definitelly the word! I also found it can be called "strapping" too though I wouldn't use that word myself. THANKS!
Originally Posted by smrobs
I don't know the word you're thinking of for it, but I know what you are talking about. It was more common over here in the days of the old west when grooming equipment wasn't so common or affordable. I have always just heard it as 'rubbing them down' after a workout.
It definitelly is an old
thing, that's why I called it a "tradition", it comes from the days when people didn't have many means to care for the horses (as you said) but they needed to be properly groomed, dried up, massaged and ready for the next day because they were doing hard work on the fields or in the forests. In those days people couldn't afford caring for an ill or injured horse, let alone buying a new one so they paid huge attention to their wellbeing. Even today many people realise they knew very well what they were doing back then so it's a very common grooming method, there isn't a cheaper and more effective way to groom a horse to my knowledge. It's funny to see what everything people buy today for their horses - 3 pink curry combs (a rubber one, a plastic one and a metal one), a blue and green hoof pick (cause it must go with the saddlepad), 5 kinds of brushes (each of different softness while you could only really tell the difference between the softest and the roughest), one sponge specially for the muzzle, one specially for the eyes oh and all those sprays and conditioners that don't work at all but who cares if they make your horse smell of baby powder - while all it takes is a good handful of straw and your horse is as good as new
Ok, there are many inventions that are very useful and we probably wouldn't be able to do without them nowadays but you know what I mean