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  • Water brush for damping down mane and tail
  • What is strapping a horse nos

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    12-06-2012, 04:18 PM
  #11
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Almond Joy    
If I punch my horse in the face will it get prettier? After all, hitting their muscles makes them more muscular :P
Haahaa my thoughts just didn't type them out lol
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    12-06-2012, 04:26 PM
  #12
Weanling
Strapping is to aid muscle tone, cleaning/polishing, and relaxation... Not meant to hurt the horse by any means.
In Pony Club, we had to explain and demonstrate it for stable management testing as it was in the PC books.
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    12-06-2012, 05:34 PM
  #13
Super Moderator
That woman in the video couldn't groom her own hair let alone a horse!
I am disgusted that this is a British Horse Society video - she is using the wrong hand through most of the videos and puts as much energy into grooming as I would walking to a hangman's noose!

Strapping does not cause a horse pain, it makes the muscle flex as a reflex action and increases the circulation.

I read a lot about what brushes are needed in a grooming kit and am amazed at the different types people carry around.

All you need is :_
Hoof pick
Dandy brush,
Good quality body brush,
Rubber curry comb,
Metal curry to clean brushes,
Water brush
Mane comb (I use a dog comb with handle)
Stable rubber.
Sponges for eyes, nose and dock.
You can make a wisp from hay have a leather strapping pad or, use the stable rubber if you are going to strap the horse.
The other things I have to hand is mane/tail spray for the bottom of the tail and to remove mud, I have six stainless steel pot scourers unravelled and made into a pad by plaiting them together.

I start by picking feet and then removing any mud with the scourers and perhaps the dandy. Then rubber curry all over including legs.
Using the body brush is part of the art of getting a horse clean, you need to first work in a circular motion before finishing going with the hair, you should be facing towards the horse's quarters and use the hand nearest the horse on each side. After every four strokes - which should have your weight behind them, you clean the brush on the metal curry.
You do change hands when working one the belly, nearest hand should be on the horse's back so you can feel any tensing should he go to kick and stop his action before he follows through,
Once a thorough body brushing has been done - at least five strokes over every part of the body, you then do the face.

Then if I am strapping I would work on that, finally go over with the stable rubber, again working in a circular lotion before going with the hair.

I then comb the mane and the bottom of the tail.
I keep the tail sprayed so that no hair is pulled out.
Finally dampen the mane over with the water brush.and sponge the eyes nose and dock.


A fit person can do a thorough grooming in about 45 minutes. The sweat should be rolling off them and the horse sparkling!
     
    12-06-2012, 06:05 PM
  #14
Yearling
The horse isn't clean until you are filthy XD

You seriously require all of that stuff? I just have a rubber curry, hard brush, soft brush, face brush, hoof pick, and I use an old hair brush of mine for his mane and tail XD What exactly is a water brush and stable rubber?
     
    12-06-2012, 06:39 PM
  #15
Super Moderator
If you are thoroughly grooming a horse then yes, you do need it all.

A water brush is a soft bristled brush designed to hold a bit more water than a stiff brush, ideal for keeping a mane wet prior to plaiting or dampening the mane over.


A stable rubber is a cotton cloth, about the size of a dish towel. A small towel does just as well or even better.
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    12-06-2012, 07:35 PM
  #16
Foal
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Originally Posted by Foxhunter    
That woman in the video couldn't groom her own hair let alone a horse!
I am disgusted that this is a British Horse Society video - she is using the wrong hand through most of the videos and puts as much energy into grooming as I would walking to a hangman's noose!

Strapping does not cause a horse pain, it makes the muscle flex as a reflex action and increases the circulation.

I read a lot about what brushes are needed in a grooming kit and am amazed at the different types people carry around.

All you need is :_
Hoof pick
Dandy brush,
Good quality body brush,
Rubber curry comb,
Metal curry to clean brushes,
Water brush
Mane comb (I use a dog comb with handle)
Stable rubber.
Sponges for eyes, nose and dock.
You can make a wisp from hay have a leather strapping pad or, use the stable rubber if you are going to strap the horse.
The other things I have to hand is mane/tail spray for the bottom of the tail and to remove mud, I have six stainless steel pot scourers unravelled and made into a pad by plaiting them together.

I start by picking feet and then removing any mud with the scourers and perhaps the dandy. Then rubber curry all over including legs.
Using the body brush is part of the art of getting a horse clean, you need to first work in a circular motion before finishing going with the hair, you should be facing towards the horse's quarters and use the hand nearest the horse on each side. After every four strokes - which should have your weight behind them, you clean the brush on the metal curry.
You do change hands when working one the belly, nearest hand should be on the horse's back so you can feel any tensing should he go to kick and stop his action before he follows through,
Once a thorough body brushing has been done - at least five strokes over every part of the body, you then do the face.

Then if I am strapping I would work on that, finally go over with the stable rubber, again working in a circular lotion before going with the hair.

I then comb the mane and the bottom of the tail.
I keep the tail sprayed so that no hair is pulled out.
Finally dampen the mane over with the water brush.and sponge the eyes nose and dock.


A fit person can do a thorough grooming in about 45 minutes. The sweat should be rolling off them and the horse sparkling!

Thank you so much! That is exactly what I was looking for! Looks like my girl will be getting the spa treatment tomorrow (maybe this will tone up my arms ). If you do this everyday does the horse ever get bathed or is this more than sufficient?
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    12-06-2012, 07:53 PM
  #17
Trained
If strapping built muscles, I would have had butt muscles the size of watermelons by the time I was 8!
     
    12-06-2012, 07:56 PM
  #18
Trained
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Originally Posted by bsms    
If strapping built muscles, I would have had butt muscles the size of watermelons by the time I was 8!



ME TOO! Oh wait, I did.....maybe my mom was more vigorous than yours was!
     
    12-06-2012, 08:04 PM
  #19
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by bsms    
If strapping built muscles, I would have had butt muscles the size of watermelons by the time I was 8!
     
    12-06-2012, 09:02 PM
  #20
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by bsms    
If strapping built muscles, I would have had butt muscles the size of watermelons by the time I was 8!


I just don't understand how hitting a muscle would make it stronger. It might make it bigger due to the trauma, but bigger and stronger are two different things. Interesting though I have never heard of it .
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