Published: 2017-07-31 11:28:03 Categories: Guides
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Grooming your horse is a very important matter. Just like grooming a dog, cat, plants or other living organisms. The very basic treatment is cleaning your horse daily. Namely, cleaning his coat on the whole surface of his body, his hooves and combing his mane and tail. Coat and hooves are easy to clean. For the first one you need a brush and a currycomb, for the latter - hoof pick. It takes 15-20 minutes to clean your horse. The horse - yes, but his mane and tail are another thing and if you have a warmblood horse in the Andalusian type, taking care of these two fields might be a real menace. But there is nothing we wouldn't do out of love and for beauty.
If you do not comb your horse's mane and tail regularly, namely every single day, the hair will soon stick together forming something resembling dreadlocks. Your horse will look ugly and bad and it is an indicative of you being a bad owner/caretaker. In order to prevent the dreadlocks from forming, you should regularly comb your horse's mane and tail. You should be very careful with the latter, so you don't damage the hair's structure, because one hair of the horse's tail grows for 3 years and its regeneration is extremely difficult. Before you start combing the tail with a brush, it is good to run your fingers through the hair and separate the clumped hair. Before combing, it is good to spray your horse's tail with a preparation that will make it easier for you, e.g. EQUINATURA MANE AND TAIL DETANGLER or VEREDUS SUPER SHEEN. Do not start combing at the base, but from the bottom. Take small portions of hair and hold it while combing. The best for this job are hard brushes, or the ones designed to brush manes and tails (BRUSH FOR MANE AND TAIL). We do not recommend brushing/combing your horse's tail with a regular comb, because your horse's hair is very thick and instead of combing it you might only make more tangles and pluck a lot of his hair.
Your horse's mane should be taken care of in a similar way as his tail, namely sprayed and combed. For your horse's mane to look beautiful and be regular, you can separate it with a special COMB FOR MANE-PULLING. It is a pretty toilsome job, but it makes a difference. Starting from the horse's head, split from his mane strands of the longest hair, then wrap it on the comb and pull it out with a strong pluck. This activity should be repeated with other strands in the direction of the withers. Some riders prefer not to lose time for mane care and cut the hair. Well, short mane doesn't require long care routine, but horses without mane don't have their natural weapon against flies.
Horse's taile and mane can, and even should, be cleaned every now and again. It is worth using a special shampoo for horses, e.g. EQUINATURA SILICONE-FREE SHAMPOO, which is gentle, does not irritate the horse's skin, smells nice and if used regularly, it softens your horse tail and mane hair. Due to that, they will be easier to comb and less prone to tangle. Another good option is SHAMPOO SHEEN, which additionaly gives the hair a healthy shine. You should wash the mane and tail in warm water. Also, it is good to plan their cleaning for a warmer weather. Then you rinse the shampoo and dry the horse's mane and tail. Just like you do with your own head. In order to speed up the drying process, you can take your horse for a walk.
Some horses might have dandruff in their mane or tail. This problem should not be neglected, because apart from its ugly aesthetics, your horse feel discomfort in the form of itching. When the dandruff shows, you need to fight it. An excellent anti-dandruff specific is VEREDUS SANIX or EQUINATURA HAIR TONIC. Dandruff is a fungus, which is easy to spread from one horse onto another e.g. on a brush. In order to prevent it, you need to remember just a few very simple rules. First, each horse should have their own brush set. It is also good to clean the brushes - plastic ones can be washed with hot water. Second, there is a way lesser risk of dandruff in horses whose manes and tail are often and thoroughly brushed from the very base. Third, crucial is also the horse's diet; dandruff also is an issue of horses whose diet is too rich in high-energy fodder.
The most keen on plaiting the horses' tails and manes are definitely the youngest lovers of these animals. And there's nothing wrong with it. The only thing you should bear in mind is that you cannot leave the horse's tail or mane in a plait for a night. There are countless horse's "hairdos." You can also decorate them with various bows, rings, or tapes. Plaiting the horses' tails and manes is a very popular practice during horse shows, where the first impression is the most important and a diligently plaited and combed horse will always get additional points.