How to Groom an Aggressive Horse

Grooming a horse plays an important role in a good horse riding experience. Some horses are pleased to be groomed, so they stay calm and gentle while being groomed, but some try to bite and kick the whole time. Not even can you learn how to groom the later group, but also you can learn to enjoy doing it, all you need to do is following the steps below.


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    Halt your horse with a secure tie. Quick release knots aren't a proper hitching method for these type of horses; they soon learn how to release themselves and get away from you. Make sure you halt the horse with a proper tie and that it doesn't have more that 30–40 centimeters (11.8–15.7 in) to move its head around, so he won’t be able to bite you when you are standing right beside his belly (not giving the 30 centimeters space to horse’s neck is necessary will result in more resistance from the horse.)
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    Start your grooming process from the horse's neck. Even with a secure tie, the horse can still bite when you're at the neck, so you want to grab the halter with your hand and groom with other one. Whenever the horse wants to bite you, just push its head away, and with a calm and firm voice say “No”.
    • Horses test everything to make sure that they haven't got it wrong; therefore it might try a couple of times to turn his neck towards you and bite you. Don’t push his head around all the time cause it makes it uncomfortable; apply pressure whenever it’s necessary.
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    Stay in the safe position. This is right beside the horse's belly, where the horse’s head is unable to reach you if you apply the secure tie correctly. Now you can let go of the halter and continue grooming the horse’s belly and hindquarter.
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    Don’t let the horse turn his back towards you. While you are grooming the horse’s belly and hindquarter, it might try to turn his back around to kick you, and that is total opposite of what we are trying to achieve here. So whenever he moves to do so, push his body away by pressing your body at its side and force it to stay in its space. Use a firm "No" again.
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    Don't assume that all horses will be aggressive. Some horses are very sweet and kind, they like to groom you back - as they do it in nature . As long as there is no biting, it’s OK and none of the above steps are needed. Following the above steps for this type of horses will teach them bad behavior .


  • In treating a horse be as soft as possible, and as firm as needed.
  • “If needed get some help from a professional." This is what you hear or read in most articles or videos. But Its even better to “become a professional”. Becoming professional requires a lot of studying about horses and being around them, and watching them.
    • Don’t forget to reward the horse when it is calm and respectful. This will teach and encourage the horse to maintain this good manner.
  • Stay beside the horse so that he won’t be able to kick you with its legs.
  • Try to stay calm; Horses can easily notice your anxiety. But you don't want that to happen.
  • You can keep the horse's mind busy by a friendly talking. (Your voice tone can calm, or frighten the horse.)


  • Don’t stand right in front of these horses if you don’t want to get kicked by their front legs.
  • Never ever stand behind any horse, even the respectful, because they can’t see you and this may unnerve them or make them defensive.

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