Horseback Riding

Well-Groomed Horse

July 6, 2009

Day to day horse grooming and bathing basics.

From our partners at Tractor Supply Company

It’s a good idea to groom your horse daily to prevent saddle sores from forming on or around his back, to enhance circulation and stimulate cold muscles, and to help prevent possible problems by spotting minor scratches, rashes, cuts or swelling before they become serious.

A horse relies on his hair, skin secretions and a thin film of dust to protect against insect bites, scraping, chafing and chapping. The natural grime hosts friendly bacteria; however, regular grooming is still necessary to help ensure a healthy and happy horse. Even if you cannot groom your horse every day, make sure you at least curry and brush him to remove dead hair and dirt. Brushing also helps stimulate the natural oils in the coat that help make the coat shiny.

Quick Tips for Horse Grooming and Washing:

  • Do not let dirt build up on brushes during grooming. Knock off the coarse dirt and hairs after each session.
  • The best way to be good at clipping your horse is to practice (preferably not right before a show).
  • Trailer loading can be a big hurdle for a lot of people and their horses. Let our FREE Horse Trailer Loading Tips report help you out.

  • A horse’s mane and tail are supposed to look natural even after they have been clipped.
  • Go easy on the soap! Excess shampoo is difficult to rinse out, can leave skin itchy and strips away essential oils from your horse.
  • Have different-size sponges handy: a large one for the body and a smaller one for the sheath, other delicate areas and for the face.
  • Make sure to use a mild conditioner for the mane and tail after washing.
  • Be sure to towel dry when you are completely done, and dry your horse’s heels to avoid cracking and drying.

Grooming Supplies:

  • Curry comb
  • Medium- and hard-bristle brush
  • Soft body brush
  • Rub rag or grooming mitt
  • Hoof pick
  • Plastic comb or brush for mane and tail

Your horse is groomed and ready to go show. But it might be difficult to get him there if you can’t get him in the trailer. Use our FREE Horse Trailer Loading Tips report to help overcome your loading difficulties.

Bathing Supplies:

  • Rubber curry comb or mitt
  • Adjustable-spray hose
  • Bucket
  • Shampoo formulated for horses
  • Mane and tail conditioner
  • Sponges
  • Sweat scraper
  • Towels