In spring and autumn, your horse’s coat will undergo a change. Although the majority of these four-legged creatures are blessed with shorter hair that is easy to care for, it is not only the mane and tail that need daily care.
The Right Care for the Horse
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Horse care includes…
Hooves need to be cleaned regularly, at least before and after every ride. Regularly oiling your horse’s hooves is not necessary, as the hoof horn is both air- and water-permeable, meaning that moisture content should be regulated naturally and without any problems in healthy horses. However, any excess hoof grease can result in pores becoming clogged and this permeability being restricted. As with any aspect of equine care, there are exceptions. For example, a stabled horse can benefit from having oiled hooves as it can prevent them becoming softened by urine.
Directly above your horse’s hooves are the fetlocks. The fetlock joint is particularly susceptible to fungal disease and scurf. You can help combat this with regular washing and treatment with ointment or special sprays. The legs should be checked regularly for injury and swelling.
The main coat of your horse only really needs special attention while it is changing, aside from cleaning before and after each ride. Regular, intensive brushing with a curry comb, a toothed comb during the coat changeover and use of a body brush can all help ensure your horse’s fur remains clean and well cared-for. For horses that are used even in the dead of winter, it may be worth using clippers, to help your horse dry faster after sweating and to help prevent it from catching cold as easily in particularly low temperatures. A horse blanket is also essential!
Caring for the mane and tail can be very complex, depending on the hair texture, requiring regular attention and with sprays and lotions often coming in handy. Particularly long and thin manes, such as those found on Arabian horses, can be braided during coupling and stabling, so that sensitive mane hairs do not need to be knotted or cut off.
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