Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Cambridge, New Zealand
Start by Tying up your horse to a secure place. Then it is harder for him to nip or kick at you. Use a quick release knot
With the Hoof Pick, pick out feet either into a skep or sweep away the mess.
If muddy wash feet the Water Brush or a scrubbing brush
Check the condition of the feet (are they long/chipped/split) and if worn the state of the shoes for wear, risen clenches or loose.
Then start on the near side just behind the ears with the Rubby Curry, use in a circular motion to lift the dirt and loose hair. Work your way back and down the horse. Be careful of the mane as the rubber curry will pull the hair out. Then do the other side.
Or you can use the Dandy brush in a similar way except that this brush is used either across the coat or with the coat, and is flicked away at the end of each stroke. The Dandy brush should not be used on the horses face, below the knees and hocks or on the mane and tail. In bony areas it can scratch the skin and on mane and tail it can break the hairs.
Body Brush and the metal or plastic curry comb are used together. Use the body brush with your weight behind it in long firm strokes. This brush gets deep into the hairs to the skin and removes excess grease from the coat. Every few strokes clean the brush with the metal/plastic curry comb. The Body Brush is also used on the face and legs - be careful not to bang the horses face with the back of the brush.
Then use the Body Brush to brush out the mane and tail, section off small pieces of mane/tail and brush well from the roots down.
Rinse a clean sponge in some water and gently wipe around the eyes, nostrils and lips. Use a second sponge to clean any dirt out from under the tail.
Using your Water Brush - dip the ends of the bristles in clean water and brush the mane over so it lies flat. Do the same for the tail and if the tail is pulled wrap with a clean dry tail bandage.
Then use the Stable Rubber - a clean linen teatowel will do wipe over the horse to remove all the last remnants of dust.
Finally - feet should now be dry, pick up and oil the underside of the foot working well into all the nooks and crannies. Then oil the outside - make sure you put some on the coronary band at the top of the foot.
This is a full groom - which is usually done after the horse has been worked and while it is still warm - the best way to get the horse really clean.
For a pre ride groom, remove all the visable mud and dirt, brush out mane and tail, if your horse has a very fine tail don't brush at all, remove knots or bits of twig carefully with your fingers. Pick out feet, always use this time to check the condition of feet and shoes. Wipe eyes, nostrils and lips.