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Horse Grooming Tips

How does your horse look this good? How does it achieve its glowing coat and lush, shiny mane and tail? Can that be achieved only by a professional groomer? Not really! You can do professional-level grooming to your own horse, too.

A good grooming kit is a must, of course. You should invest in the best quality brushes and curry combs possible. You should also keep these brushes clean after use. After all, you cannot do a thorough and proper grooming to your horse using dirty and dusty brushes. Keeping the grooming kit clean will also help them to last longer.

Horse grooming usually begins with a good clipping job. If your horse has a long, dirty and matted winter coat, clipping it properly will make the animal to look clean and neat. You may want to trim the muzzle, ears, bridle path, chin, as well as the lower legs. If you do not want to trim much of the legs, you may want to cut away the excess hair around the coronary band.

Use a curry comb, a horse brush or a shedding blade to get rid of the dirt and excess hair. Proceed to brush your horse first with a hard brush, and then a soft brush to bring out that shine from the coat. You can also apply hot toweling to “steam clean” your horse using clean rags or towels soaked in hot water. Dip the rag or towel into a bucket of steaming hot (but not boiling) water – make sure to wear rubber gloves as the water may be a lot hotter than you could endure. Squeeze and wring out the rag or towel as you want the tower to remain damp and hot, then start using it to clean your horse. It’s also better to use a second bucket for rinsing the towel and removing the excess hair from it.

As for the horse’s tail, proper nutrition is still the best way to keep it looking good, healthy and shiny. It won’t be achieved by potions, shampoos or conditioners alone, although they can be good supplementary care for your horse’s tail.

A horse’s hair is quite delicate, so use only wide-toothed combs and brushes that are designed only for your horse’s mane and tail. If you use a human brush on your horse, it will only break the hair and pull it out. Also, don’t brush the tail and mane every day – as a matter of fact, don’t brush it at all. The hair will only get thinner and thinner if you brush it daily since, as said before, it is quite delicate.

The horse’s body coat, mane and tails are not the only ones that should be cleaned. Do not overlook the areas that are usually ignored when grooming a horse. Clean the less obvious body parts such as the nose and the ears with a damp sponge.

No matter how good the grooming tools and products you use, nothing works better than a good old-fashioned elbow grease – it ultimately brings out the shine on your horse’s coat. If you do a little bit of elbow grease daily, not only your horse will like it but he will also literally gleam! Currying your horse regularly will bring out the coat’s natural oils which not only make your horse to look glossy. The natural oils also add a layer of protection to its coat.

Cleaning and trimming a horse’s coat can be so messy. It’s also important to leave the barn clean, neat and hygienic after grooming. For a fast and thorough sprucing-up, you should use the most powerful vacuums possible. They suck in dirt, dust, debris, manure, hay as well as those clipped hairs that can accumulate. If you are looking for a powerful, effective and dependable vacuum, the the HEPA vacuum should be the ideal type to use. Check out great tips on this article: “How to Choose a HEPA Vacuum Cleaner.”


This Years Equestrian Winner

First off, we would like to thank everyone for their support this year. We had a fantastic turn out and received enough donations to get us through another year. If you did not attend this years equestrian event, be sure to sign up to our mailing list so that you know when we will be holding our next one.

This years winner was Michelle Spencer. She is a first time competitor and therefore winner and did a fantastic job finishing in a record time. Stan Burger spoke to Michelle after shortly after her win, and she was happy to answer a few questions. You can read these below.

Congratulations… how are you feeling right now?

I am full of energy. It must be the adrenaline pumping through my body. I am so thankful to everyone that support me this year and I can’t put into words how happy I am to have won.

Who exactly are you thankful towards?

My husband has supported my interest in horses and I have spent many weekends away from home training. I am very grateful for his support. My dad is also an avid horse enthusiastic and rider and I suppose I am grateful towards him for sharing his passion with me and exposing me to horses when I was quite young.

How long have you been training?

As I said I have been riding horses since I was quite young. I first started when I was about 7 years old, but I did not do anything advanced until I was about 16. All up, my equestrian training is about 10 years. This has been on and off though and it is not like riding a bike. You really need to be comfortable with what you are doing otherwise you won’t push yourself to your limit.

Was the competition this year difficult?

I do not know about other years, but this year the competition was very difficult. There were a lot of fantastic riders some who I know personally. I want to thank Sara Cooper for her assistance this year and want to give her a big shout out. She was a fantastic rider this year and I wish her the best of luck next year.

Have you ever been involved in an equestrian competition before? 

Yes. I used to live in California and was a member of a club out there that would regularly schedule competitions. They never had the turnout of this one though. I was very impressed to see the amount of people here and it was great to see how welcoming they were of my family. I had also never won before, and I felt that I did them proud.

Will we be seeing you next year?

Absolutely! I had an excellent time this year and will be training hard to improve my own skill next year. I think the guys know they are in for some competition, so everyone will be training hard this year ready for another event.

Any advice for those who are just starting out?

Yes. Be patient. Practice. Do not do more than you are able to do. It can be tempting to want to push yourself beyond your limits, but with horse riding you must be careful. It can be dangerous but incredibly rewarding. Also, ensure you work on your relationship with your horse. It is just as important that they like you as you like them.

Congratulations and best of luck in the future Michelle. 

Thank you.


Be sure to keep updated with events this year to continue to support the local community. If you are not yet signed up to our mailing list, please sign up here.


ETI Corral 2

Please join us for our annual Christmas Breakfast Ride on Sunday, December 11 at the Hahamongna ETI staging area! For more details contact us by mail or by phone at 626_644_4112.

County Supervisor Mike Antonovich sponsored a ride on June 13 on La Canada and Pasadena trails. Thanks Mike for coming to our neighborhood!

ASPCA published some photos and descriptions of plants toxic to horses here.

mapETI Corral 2 promotes horsemanship and safe, enjoyable riding. Based in the west San Gabriel Valley, we are involved with trail-related issues such as equestrian access, trail maintenance, and equine advocacy.

Current issues include the Arroyo Seco Master Plan, closure of Ernie Debs Park to equestrian use, Altadena Crest Trail and other trail issues in that area, and the San Gabriel River Corridor Master Plan. Our ongoing projects include representing the equestrian community with local governments including the Cities of Pasadena and South Pasadena.

We have an open email list for equestrian related topics, and do occasional surface mailings to our ETI members.

Our general meeting is the second Thursday of the month. Recent meetings have been held at Burger Continental on Lake Street in Pasadena.

ETI is a national organization founded in 1944. Corral 2, founded in 1948, is the oldest active chapter in the organization, and we are proud of our long history of service to the equestrian community.

Keep informed with upcoming events.