Safety precautions when grooming your horse
Grooming is an activity that is enjoyable for both you and your horse and it’s an absolute must before riding.
It’s also a good opportunity to check for injuries and irritations.
First, you should organize your tools and secure your horse. Have your grooming tools arranged in a convenient, safe place.
A wide bucket may be cheapest and easiest to put your brushes in, although there are lots of grooming boxes on the market that keep your tools organized and handy. Don’t sit your bucket or box too close to your horse where he could knock it over, or where you might trip over it as you move around your horse.
Also have your horse securely and safely tied either with cross ties or with a quick release knot.
When currying your horse or pony, which is the step where you remove any mud, grit, dust and other debris before trying to put a real shine on your horse’s coat; you want to be careful over bony areas of the shoulders, hips, and legs.
Many horses are sensitive about having their bellies andbetween the back legs brushed, although some love it, so try to use a light touch in these areas.
If your horse reacts by laying back his ears or swishing his tail in agitation, he is telling you that the brushing is too strong.
As well as currying, you will also be looking for any skin lesions or wounds. If you find anything, you should assess the injury and decide if you want to treat it yourself with something out of your first aid kit, or if you need a vet to treat it.