How to Groom a Horse in a Stable

Five Methods:Tie the HorseGrooming the CoatGrooming the FaceBrushing the Horse's Longer HairPicking the Horse's Feet

Before and after you ride, exercise, drive, or really do anything with a horse, you'll need to get it ready, and that means grooming it. If you didn't already know, (which since you looked it up, chances are you didn't), this article will show you how to do it!

Method 1
Tie the Horse

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    Take the horse you'll be working with out of their stall. If they already have a halter on, grab a lead rope (or just do it without one if you're experienced enough) and lead the horse out. If they don't have one on yet, put one on, of course!
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    Tie your horse to the crossties in the barn/stable and make sure you tied the horse at both sides of the halter.

Method 2
Grooming the Coat

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    If it's wintertime/cold out, use a wire currycomb, or a rubber one if it's any other time of year/nice out, and groom the horse's body aside from their neck, mane, tail, and face. If using a wire curry comb, brush the horse's coat WITH the fur, never AGAINST the fur, and make sure all the dirt and/or excess fur is loosened/gone. If using a rubber curry comb, massage the horse's body in little circles until you achieve the same thing.
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    Grab yourself a large soft brush and brush off the loose dirt and fur on the horse's body. Since you have it on hand now, go ahead and use it on the horse's neck. Use that brush also to go down the horse's legs VERY GENTLY!
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    If you are going to a show, go ahead and use some show sheen now, but just in the spots you've worked on, which should be the body by now. If not, you might want to use fly spray if too many bugs are bothering the horse.

Method 3
Grooming the Face

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    Grab a soft hand brush and VERY GENTLY groom the horse's face, AVOIDING ANY SUNBURN!

Method 4
Brushing the Horse's Longer Hair

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    With the same hand brush, go over the horse's forelock a bit.
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    Grab a mane and tail brush and go over the hair of the horse. First of all, I want to make a note that you don't want to use this on the horse's forelock, as the horse's face is much too sensitive.
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    Brush out the horse's mane first, as this should be the part with the least knots and tangles. If there are any bad ones, however, go ahead and separate the knots by hand, and use some shampoo if necessary.
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    The same goes for the horse's tail, so go ahead and do that!

Method 5
Picking the Horse's Feet

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    Grab a hoofpick and a small, tough hand brush, or a two-in-one if you have it. Grab the horse's hooves one at a time and pick the horse's hooves. For further assistance with this, see http://www.wikihow.com/Pick-a-Horse-Hoof . As you pick the horse's hooves, brush off an excess muck to be able to continue.
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    Tack up the horse, and get ready to have some fun!

Tips

  • If you are still vague on any of this, see a horse instructor for further guidance. Don't be shy!

Warnings

  • Be absolutely gentle with the horse, but don't be afraid to put your foot down and assert your dominance if the horse acts up. After all, horses ARE animals, so they're still completely unpredictable.

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Categories: Horse Grooming | Horse Care