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Your horse's coat, mane, tail and ears must be cared for regularly. Read our tips on what to look out for in the following article!
Horse grooming – you should know that
A ride over dusty ground, rolling around in the pasture: Even if all this puts a strain on the coat of the proud steed, it just has to be allowed to be a horse. Proper care is essential so that everything still shines and is healthy. In addition, grooming is an important social act - among horses, but also between horses and their owners. Horses "lice" and clean each other, thus suggesting: "We belong together". Especially horses that stand alone in boxes need exactly this social contact for their well-being. By caring for your horse, you are suggesting that you belong together. You strengthen the trust in yourself and thus the relationship between you.
What is proper grooming for horses?
The result of proper grooming and grooming is clear: Shiny, smooth and healthy fur. Another plus: when grooming, you have the opportunity to examine your horse and the skin for potential injuries, swelling or coat problems.
But what is the right way to care for a horse's coat? This includes the following things:
A complete grooming kit
Cleaning the fur with a curry comb, brush (e.g. with a root brush or a brush) and special gloves.
Rinsing with water or washing the horse's coat with shampoo.
Application of fur care products such as ours Tail and mane spray
feeding from supplementary feed, which are good for metabolism, skin and coat.
Depending on the type of fur, tail, mane and hangings: clipping or grooming the horse.
You should keep this in mind when grooming and cleaning your dog
Grooming begins with grooming. This involves removing manure, mud, dust and mud from the coat with a hard plastic or rubber curry comb. You should brush your horse regularly and if there is stubborn dirt, you might need a shower with water or a special shampoo.
This is how you groom your horse properly
If your horse is sensitive, a rubber curry comb is more suitable than a hard plastic curry comb. However, the latter cleans more intensively due to its harder bristles.
Work with circular movements and light pressure. This is how you clean the fur and massage your darling at the same time. In any case, pay attention to how your horse reacts. Does he enjoy the massage or is it not his thing? If the latter is the case, it is better to work with a little less pressure. Legs, head and joints should not be worked on, or only with a soft curry comb. Make sure that the entire coat of your horse lies flat and in the direction of growth after grooming, otherwise chafing can occur when saddled up.
Grooming during moulting
Riders know it: the horse's coat is about to change, your horse says goodbye to its winter coat and whether in everyday life or when cleaning: nothing but hair far and wide.
Regular grooming can make this process much more pleasant for horse and rider. Correct brushing is important. With special combs for changing the coat, you can easily brush out the loose hair and pull out the undercoat without damaging your horse's top coat.
When cleaning, you should make sure that you wear the right clothes yourself and never wear clothes that attract hair (e.g. fleece).
The care at the time of the change of coat involves a little more effort, but increases the well-being of horses enormously and thus makes riding and in the stable more fun for you.
In addition, the entire organism of the horse runs at full speed during this time and is happy about support in the form of supplementary feed or valuable oils.
Grooming when grazing
A slightly different type of care is required for grazing horses. If your horse is in the pasture day and night, it needs less intensive grooming: In this case, cleaning is hardly necessary, since the horses use the layer of dirt as insect protection and this also allows the rain to drain off better. You don't have to clean, groom or weight these horses much or at all. Of course, the skin and coat should still be checked regularly in order to detect wounds at an early stage and to monitor the general health of the horse.
A feed supplement of Biotin is of course ideal for grazing horses to support skin, hair and hooves.
Special case dust
A problem that every horse owner knows: Especially when it's hot outside, meadows and paths become dry and dusty. A dry spring means pollen. Thorough grooming is always the basis here. This is how you remove stubborn dirt on the fur of Snowflake and Co. Soft brushes (brushes) are then suitable for removing dust and dirt on the fur surface. Brushes with long bristles, such as root brushes, are also suitable for removing dust from deeper layers of the coat. Special gloves, for example made of lambskin, are suitable for fine work to remove finer dust. Damp (not wet!) towels are also ideal for removing dust from the coat.
Shower off stubborn dirt
You brush and groom, but the dirt won't go away? Soaking helps. Light fur in particular is not so forgiving and sometimes a water shower is needed. In any case, use warm water if you want to give your horse a complete shower. Aside from the fact that your horse doesn't cool down as much and its circulatory system tolerates warm water better, dirt dissolves better when it's warm. If that doesn't help either, it's time to shampoo. The following applies here: as often as necessary, as seldom as possible! Shampoo disrupts the natural skin barrier, which is essential to protect the skin. Be sure to use horse shampoo. After the shower you should dry your horse well and warm it up. Horses should definitely not stay wet for a long time, otherwise they can catch a cold.
Care for a shiny coat on horses
Coat and tail are particularly beautiful when they shine. Certain items, such as ours Biotin and mane spray support coat and hair with vitamins and high-quality oils. They can be applied daily. You can spray grooming sprays directly onto your horse's body or onto the brush you use. This is how you distribute a small amount evenly over the whole horse.
Additional food for a shiny coat
Last but not least, the choice of feed determines how healthy your horse's coat and hair is. High-quality oils, such as Omega 3, ensure that the coat, tail and mane are supported with additional vitamins. Zinc and biotin contained in ours Biotin Liquid, also ensure a healthier horny layer of the hooves.