Category Archives: Grooming

Do Horses Communicate?

Talk to me, please!

It’s probably a silly question… of course they do. All living species have a form of communication. The better question may be how do horses communicate with man? Is there a right way and wrong way to communicate? Is petting and scratching part of it? I think it is. I think it’s important to talk with your horse and pet and brush them, letting them know you are there. Continue reading Do Horses Communicate?

How to Take Care of a Horse

When they have to scratch their own itch.
When they have to scratch their own itch.

If you are new to the horse world your first basic question is probably how do you take care of a horse. I learned mostly by doing and being in 4-H and reading books on the care of a horse.

Where Will Your Horse Live?

The best case scenario is to have your horse living on your property so you can walk out the back door and check on him everyday. Continue reading How to Take Care of a Horse

Horse Shedding Tools

One swipe of the comb and it's full.
One swipe of the comb and it’s full.

It’s that time of year again, when the hair on your horse comes off in curry comb abundance. The curry comb is probably one of the most popular horse shedding tools out there, but there are a few others too.

One thing I did not know is that shedding is not connected to the spring time even though this is when it mainly occurs. I for one thought it was. It is actually linked to light, in a word photoperiods. There is certainly always something interesting to find out in the horse world.
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How to Brush a Horse

fluffy Poppy
She’s so fluffy.

When I was in 4-H, back in the day, I won a first place ribbon for my demonstration on how to brush a horse. This makes me an expert right? Well, maybe not, but I’m sure willing to share what I know and have learned about grooming a horse.

Sandy and me on our way to the 4-H grooming demonstration.
Sandy and me on our way to the 4-H grooming demonstration.

I think it’s good practice to brush a horse every day. Yeah, I know, I can’t always do that either.

Let’s start out at the beginning of the brushing, in the spring.
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