Shiny, Happy Horses

Good grooming is about more than just shampoo and making your horse pretty. It can help with bonding and improve your relationship and you can even do a little groundwork, asking your horse to step to one side or offer a hoof for picking. It is also an opportunity to do a thorough check of your horse’s entire body, to keep an eye out for injuries such as girth rubs, any mysterious lumps, bumps or incipient skin conditions that are best dealt with before they take over. Standing Start It won’t really be a relaxing experience unless your horse can stand comfortably and calmly in a wash stall or cross-ties, or tied to a fence outside. See the trainer tips on page 18 for advice on teaching a horse to stand. Tie your horse up with a quick-release knot or use quick-release clips on the ties in case something startles…

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