Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
A good grooming routine can really help a horse to start looking their best. Here's what I do:
- Clean out the hooves, top and bottom
- Spray mane and tail with detangler, let that sit in while I do basic grooming
- Use a rubber curry or jelly scrubber to break up mud and loosen up the big grit (you can gently use a jelly scrubber on the lower legs)
- Use a hard-bristled dandy brush to get most of the big grit off the coat
- Use a medium-bristled dandy brush to get the next layer of dirt off
- Use a medium body brush to get the next finest layer of dirt off
- Comb (don't brush!) out mane, spray tail again
- Use a soft-bristled dandy or body brush to get the fine dirt off, and brush off the face
- Apply hoof moisturizer if needed, let that sink in as you're finishing up and tacking
- Comb (don't use a brush!) out tail
- Use a goat hair dandy or body brush to get the finest dust particles off
You can use a product like Miracle Groom as a bath-in-a-bottle for cold days, or if it's warm enough, bathe him and then hand-graze him while he's drying off - great bonding time!
Keep in mind that coat health comes from the inside - literally! Make sure he's getting good quality feed, and enough of it. Mineral or vitamin deficiency can lead to a really dull coat, so a salt and mineral lick should always be available to him. Deworming is also a very important step in horse care, if the horse is not properly dewormed, it can start affecting his coat.
If all these things are taken care of, then you can try adding some flax or oil to his daily feed to see if that helps.
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