Chapter 3. The Order of Grooming

The Order of Grooming Your Horse

There is a process and order of the tools you use to groom horses. This isn’t an exact science but a good rule of thumb.

Even if they are kept mainly indoors, horses should be groomed at least once a day.

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1. Safely tie up your pony with a quick release knot or with cross ties and a breakaway halter.

2. Curry Comb

With a rubber curry comb, rub the coat in a circular motion to break up mud and loosen dirt from the surface of the skin. Start at the top of the neck and work your way down the body. Do not use the curry comb on the head or lower legs.

3. Dandy Brush

The dandy brush, also known as the hard brush, flicks away dirt that the curry comb loosened. Start at the top of the neck and work your way down the rest of the horse. Avoid using on sensitive areas of skin.

4. Body Brush

Cleans away the dust and dirt that was loosened by the dandy brush and curry comb, and is used to keep the horse’s coat clean & shiny. Brush in the direction of the hair and clean the brush after every few strokes. Also known as the soft brush.

5. Pick Hooves

Pick out the hooves and check each shoe to make sure they are on tight. Brush dirt and mud off the exterior of the hooves.

6. Mane & Tail

Pick out twigs and hay, and separate the tangles by hand, one section at a time. Use a hair brush, plastic comb or dandy brush to remove the tangles. Start at the bottom and work your way up. Try to avoid breaking or pulling the hair. When brushing the tail, always stand to one side for safety.

7. Clean the Head & Face

Gently use a soft body brush or face brush on the pony’s head, avoiding the eyes. Clean around the eyes and nostrils with a rag or sponge.