17 Horse Experts Share Their Top Grooming Tips

2017-08-14 |

 

Grooming your horse isn’t just about keeping him looking his best; it also gives you the opportunity to form a strong human-animal bond, which can help to build the trust between you and your horse, and lead to a better riding experience.

 

Grooming your horse regularly also acts as a preventative medicine as it allows you to get your hands on your horse and check for anything unusual such as lumps, bumps, swelling, and rashes that shouldn’t be there. Looking after your horse is also a good form of exercise for you! From mucking out the stables to brushing his coat, you’re bound to work up a sweat!

 

So with those benefits in mind, we wondered about the best ways to keep a horse well-groomed. We reached out to a number of experts within the equestrian community and asked them the following question:

 

What’s your number one tip for keeping a horse well-groomed?

 

And here’s what they had to say...

 

 

Raquel Lynn

Horses & Heels

Horses and Heels

 

My number one tip would to be groom often. A horse that is well maintained is easier to keep clean. It only takes a few minutes every day, you can see the difference in a horse’s coat that is groomed regularly. I like to use grooming time as a chance to go over my horse’s legs and body, checking for swellings and injuries.

 

 

 

Laura Stopper Batts

Horse Hippie & EcoEquine

Horse Hippie

 

My tip for keeping my horse well groomed is to use biodegradable or plant-based products. I don't want any extra chemicals on my horse or on the planet. There are wonderful eco-friendly options for grooming!

 

 

 

Linnea Aarflot

The Equestrian

Horse Hippie

 

Have a strict routine - My horses get groomed every day and they never go to sleep dirty. It makes the job easy on a daily basis. I'm also convinced it makes them feel good and cared for - which keeps them happier for any type of performance. Be it a calm hack or a competition.

 

 

 

Tash Mancuso

Salt Equestrian

Salt Equestrian

 

Using oil (usually coconut) on mane, tail and mud/dirt spots before shampooing for an easy clean.

 

 

 

Julia Hope

Totally Horse & Pony Magazine

Totally Horse and Pony Magazine

 

It’s the simple, small details that contribute to an overall well-groomed appearance - one of the things we notice that makes a huge difference is keeping the ends of the tail level and trimmed up - instantly the pony looks cared for!

 

 

 

Piper Klemm, Ph.D.

The Plaid Horse

My number one tip for keeping a horse well-groomed is a great diet. Making sure horses have all the nutrients for the level of work they're in, electrolytes, and supplements - horses who are healthy on the inside shine up best on the outside.

 

Betsy Kelley

The Plaid Horse

My number one tip for keeping a horse well-groomed is patience! If you are willing to put the time in, all of the little things are what add up to an impeccably groomed horse. Taking the extra time to braid a mane correctly, never skipping a step (curry, stiff brush, finishing brush then rag or grooming mitt) and being sure that you are not in a rush. As a bonus, I use a non-oily hair shine spray on the full coat during every grooming session. It helps repel dirt and dust, cuts down on grooming time, and adds a beautiful, non-greasy shine.

 

The Plaid Horse

 

 

 

 

Heather Wallace

Bridle And Bone Wellness

Bridle and Bone Wellness

 

Put Coconut Oil in a spray bottle and use on your horse’s mane and tail instead of conditioner. It works a treat to remove burrs, shavings, and makes for a beautiful shine. After a bath, do not put your horse back in the paddock while still damp or you’ll end up with a very dirty horse.

 

 

 

Catriona McBain-Fox

International Cowgirl

International Cowgirl

 

In answer to "what's your number one tip for keeping a horse well-groomed?" it would have to be scour your brushes. Clean & sanitized brushes & curry combs will keep your horse nicely groomed easier and quicker. I would soak them in a water/bleach/disinfectant solution and then leave them to air dry. Frequency? Every month to 3 months, depending on the demands of your show schedule or routine.

 

 

 

Grace

Vivacious Equestrian

Vivacious Equestrian

 

My number one tip is to invest in good grooming tools. Brushes, hoof picks, combs, etc are what you use every day for grooming. So get tools that are high quality. Not only will they last forever, but they will perform the best. For Example, I love the Hands On grooming gloves, because they are flexible and gentle enough to use on the entire body of the horse and the hard to reach places. Also, the HAAS brushes make my life much easier by removing dirt and creating the best shine with minimal effort!

 

 

 

Keeley Cannings

Horse Chat

Horse Chat

 

My number one tip to keeping a horse well-groomed is investing in good quality brushes and grooming supplies. Investing in good quality brushes is important because it ensures that your horse gets a better grooming than if you used cheaper and less-efficient brushes. As well as quality brushes, I also like to invest in a quality pair of horse clippers that will last me a long time. I like to clip my horse's bridle path as I feel that it makes my horse look much more clean and well-groomed. It is also beneficial when putting halters or bridles on as well.

 

 

 

Anne Leueen

Horse Addict

Horse Addict

 

My number one tip for keeping a horse well groomed is: Try to groom every day. If you have time curry( if your horse will tolerate it. There are days when my chestnut will not) and then brush the entire body and legs. I'm sorry to say that elbow grease still seems to be the best product.

 

 

 

Kim Roe

The Northwest Horse Source

My number one tip for keeping a horse well groomed is keeping my horse in a clean environment. It's very difficult to keep a horse well-groomed if it's living in mud, manure, or dust. Secondly, the correct grooming tools are essential: rubber curry, stiff body brush, soft natural-fiber body brush, and a human hair brush for their mane and tail.

 

Karen Pickering

The Northwest Horse Source

My number one tip for horse grooming: I find that grooming has many benefits; however, bonding with my horse would be my number one reason for regular grooming. Along with the benefits of increased blood circulation for both of us, it is a time to connect with my horse in a way that is essential and nurturing to our relationship.

 

 The Northwest Horse Source

 

 

 

Christine Pelletier

(E)questrian

e.questrian

 

My best advice is to include small grooming tasks into your everyday barn routine. I always comb through my horse's mane and tail before I ride. After I ride I choose one other grooming task to tackle that day (for example tidying up his bridle path or trimming his tail). Keeping up on things day to day make getting ready for big events so much less daunting! Plus, your horse always look his best!

 

 

 

Kim Wende

Passionate Horsemanship

Passionate Horsemanship

 

The #1 tip for keeping a horse well groomed is to curry them daily. Daily grooming removes dead skin cells, brings oils to the surface and improves circulation in the skin. Currying your horse daily will cause the hair particles to become softer and smoother. Be careful when using a curry comb as some horses are very sensitive and won't like it if you apply too much pressure. Start out by gently currying them and they will learn to love it. After you finish with the curry comb follow it up with a soft dandy brush that will help to make them shine!

 

 

 

Callie King

CRK Training

CRK Training

 

To keep a horse well-groomed, nothing beats good old elbow grease - firm strokes with a body brush and a soft rag to bring out the natural oils and shine from the coat.