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post #11 of 22 Old 10-13-2012, 02:09 AM
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Foxhunter - it is not safe to use a hoofpick from toe to heel as you can inadvertently forces stones/mud even the end of the hoof pick into the depths of the frog, especially risky if the horse has developed thrush - my farrier did this one day and my young horse didn't let him forget for a long time.

Highly suspect is scrubbing back and forth with the brush, across the lie of the hair is fine but against it is definitely not on.
You have to get very deep into a frog before you come across any nerves. If a horse has a case of thrush then you want to wash in both directions to clear it.

I highly suspect that you stick to the BHS way of strapping a horse and if you watch the video on Youtube it is rubbish. The woman demonstrating couldn't get a shine on a pair of shoes with the effort she puts in!
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You have to get very deep into a frog before you come across any nerves. If a horse has a case of thrush then you want to wash in both directions to clear it.

I highly suspect that you stick to the BHS way of strapping a horse and if you watch the video on Youtube it is rubbish. The woman demonstrating couldn't get a shine on a pair of shoes with the effort she puts in!
I know the video you are talking about - she's absolutely useless - heavens knows what BHS qualification she has!
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post #13 of 22 Old 10-13-2012, 07:57 PM
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What is strapping? The picture I have in my head is making me thinkg of a blanket with straps all over it!

I feel so silly for not knowing what it is D:

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post #14 of 22 Old 10-13-2012, 08:12 PM
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Strapping is a very thorough grooming that takes around 45 - 6- mins. The majority of the work is done with a body brush, used with all your weight behind it with the lie of the coat. After every few strokes the brush is drawn accross a metal curry comb to remove the grease from the brush.

Following the body brushing the horse is polished with a damp cloth to pick up any dust left on the surface.

Some people also 'Bang' the horse - this is either done with a stuffed leather pad which is smacked firmly against the major muscle groups - each action causes the horse to tense the muscle so helping to develop the muscles. It is not done on any boney areas or on areas like the ribs and loins.

The horse is not washed at all at any time - brushing alone keeps it really clean.
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I guess I kinda do that. I brush my horse a lot! Haha I like when she's nice and shiny

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Thank you for the explanation of strapping. Are there any GOOD videos? With winter coming, I may have some extra grooming time and an extra dirty horse soon.
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How To Learn Strapping Your Horse - YouTube

Is this what people really do? O.o I think all the people at my barn would think of me as crazy! Ahaha

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Lexiie - that video is incorrectly labelled as what she is doing is 'Banging or Whisping' - strapping is the thorough grooming of the horse with the banging/whisping at the end
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ahh! Okay.
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The idea is to stimulate the skin, not pound the muscles underneath. I was taught to do this and it is with moderate force. One quickly learns which horses won't tolerate it.
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