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post #1 of 14 Old 03-28-2009, 01:28 AM Thread Starter
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Question Help me please!

Hi ok so my new horse just got delivered today and he is the first horse I have ever owned, but I don't know how to groom him, the riding school I went to for a while was so lame they wouldn't let us try our hand at that stuff. Anyway, I just got him and he is sooo dusty and his mane is all mattered, I have brushes and combs and stuff I brought like a basic grooming kit but I don't know what each of the brushes is for, or the best way to wash and groom them can someone please explain, I would soo appresiate it!

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post #2 of 14 Old 03-28-2009, 01:32 AM
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Hmm, you don't have anyone around you to help you with this?
And this is your first horse that you've owned? I don't mean to offend you when I say this, but that worries me a little bit.

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post #3 of 14 Old 03-28-2009, 01:38 AM
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Ya, You should know the basics before owning a horse. Not knowing how to brush is NOT a good sign... I really don't think you should be owning a horse if you don't even know how to brush one...

But, I will give you some information for ur horses health:

1. Start with the Rubber Curry. The rubber curry should be used in a circular motion to loosen dirt that has settled under the horse's hair. NOTE: be very careful and gentle around bony areas of your horse's body (such as his back or shoulders). Don't use a Rubber Curry on your horse's legs unless you can be extremely gentle with it. Never use a Curry or any stiff brush on your horse's face. It's too easy for your horse to injure his eye on the rubber curry or stiff bristled brush, and eye injuries are usually serious, needing immediate veterinarian attention.

2. Next, use the Dandy Brush. The motion for this brush is like the same motion you would use when sweeping a floor. You 'flick' the brush away and up from the coat so that the dirt comes off of his coat. Unless your horse is already extremely clean, you should see a slight cloud of dust with each stroke. If you don't, you need more "flicking" action with this brush. If you don't use this "flicking" motion, the dirt will just get pushed back under the hair, potentially causing irritation to the horse.

3. Then, you use the Body Brush. The body brush is meant to smooth down the hair and to get rid of any traces of left-over dirt after you have thoroughly used the Dandy Brush. With the Body Brush, you do not use a 'flicking' motion, instead, you smooth it flat over the horse's coat to flatten the hair. This brush often gives the horse a shiny, clean appearance (but only when the brushes are used in this order!)

4. Next, use the Mane Comb to gently comb the horse's mane. Use the Dandy Brush to brush the horse's tail. Many people use the comb to brush their horse's tails, but I don't use a comb since it breaks the hairs more easily. If you want the horse to grow a long, flowing tail, you should use the Dandy brush instead (or don't brush the tail at all...in this case, you could use warm water to rinse the tail, then apply a tail conditioner or Show Sheen to keep the tail from tangling or getting knots).

5. Now, on to the feet! You should first have your instructor show you how to pick up a horse's feet. Usually, this can be done by running your hand down your horse's leg, then gently squeezing his fetlock (ankle). Be sure not to pick up the horse's foot too high, or he might loose balance. When you use the hoof pick, always scrape away from you, just as you would if you were using a carrot peeler. You don't want to accidently injure yourself or your horse if he suddenly moves or pulls his foot away. It is important to thoroughly clean out the hollow areas on both sides of the frog, and around the sole of the foot. For an illustration of these areas of the hoof, view our Parts of the Hoof & Foot article.

6. The last step is using the Towel. A plain towel or rag will do, just wipe it over the horse's coat to bring out the shine.

TA DA! You're all done!

When you are finished riding, it is good to give the horse another grooming to remove any sweat marks or dirt that accumulated from the arena or trail. It is also a wonderful 'after riding' reward for horses who like to be groomed

There are many horse sited to look for more info....
Such as::
Equusite.com (where I got this)
Horse grooming - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

And many others.. just look it up on google...

But this really worries me, if you own a horse, but don't even know how to brush one O.o

Maybe you should reconsider owning a horse until you learn the basics
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post #4 of 14 Old 03-28-2009, 01:40 AM Thread Starter
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There is horse people over the road that said they will help me and its just the grooming I'm unsure on and the people over the road are away for the weekend so I was hoping someone here might have some helpful hints for me.
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post #5 of 14 Old 03-28-2009, 01:44 AM
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If you don't mind me asking, do you have his food all planned out? And is he alone, or do you have/plan on getting another horse?

From experience, when I first moved to our farm my pony was alone. For a week or so he was his normal self. Then he started to miss his friends, he'd call to the horses down the road for HOURS! It was bad, we had to get him a buddy so quickly, I though he was going to end up just crashing through (or jumping if he could figure that out lol) the fence. He would gallop around the field for hours.
Your horse may be perfectly fine by himself though, was he alone or in a herd at his old home?

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post #6 of 14 Old 03-28-2009, 01:51 AM Thread Starter
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yes I have his food all sorted, I have been getting the lady across the road to help me with everything they have 5 horses and all of them are happy and healthy and my horse is staying there with their 5 horses for friends, but they are away for a few days and the one thing they hadnt got around to showing me was the grooming, I sort of know what to do but I wasnt sure on all the brushes and what order to use them so thanks to horseluver50 for posting that information.

I just want to let all of you know that I understand your concern and I must sound like a real noob but I do have people who know all about horses helping me, everyone has to start somewhere right, and I just wanted to know about the grooming before I tried as I didnt want to do something wrong and hurt him, as the people helping me with him are away for the weekend and he is really dusty so I wanted to be able to make him more comfortable but I wanted to know how to do it right.
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post #7 of 14 Old 03-28-2009, 02:01 AM
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It's true... everyone does start somewhere.
But, you can't just buy a horse without knowing much. You can't always rely on someone else to tell you what to do... why don't you just use their horses until you know lots about them... then you may think about getting your own horse. It sounds to me like you know little about horses, and you're counting on someone else to keep your horse healthy. Something could happen to that person, or they could move, what would you do then... Taking care of horses is not something you just learn overnight... it has alot more to it.

You also don't sound too confident on how much you know. How long have you been taking lessons or been learning about horses?
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post #8 of 14 Old 03-30-2009, 06:36 AM
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From the sound of it, our new member, piffle, already has the horse coming so not getting a horse is no longer an option.

Piffle, welcome to the forum, you can get the help you need here. Since your horse will be stabled with other horses and more experienced horsepeople, you will be fine. It's good that your horse will not be alone nor will you.

Let your horse become acclimated to his new surroundings and to you for a few days before riding him. Giving him a bath is a good way to begin the bond that everyone wants with their horse and you got some very good advise from horselover 50.

Good luck with him.

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post #9 of 14 Old 03-30-2009, 10:37 AM
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Good luck Piffle and have fun . I've found this is a great place for information or to ask questions. You should post some pics of your boy when you get a chance we'd love to see him. :-D Welcome!
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post #10 of 14 Old 03-30-2009, 11:20 PM
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I agree you came to the right place for help...I think horseluver50 did a pretty good job of explaining the basics! I'm not sure where you are located but I know here and pa we have several 4h and pony clubs around..They are both great organizations that I think could benefit you...google them and find out if there are any in your area...horseluver50 is right about learning how to properly care for a horse is not something you learn overnight however, these organizations can help you learn proper nutrition, grooming, riding, veterinary skills etc. So you have a new horse and you didnt mention an age, breed, gender, name, color, anything its your first horse share some pics when you get some! I wish you the best of luck if you have any questions feel free to pm me!
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