Keeping your Horse Calm While Grooming
Keep a Horse Calm While Grooming
Friday 15 January 2010
Horse grooming is very important but it is a known problem that some horses get nervous and jittery during grooming; particularly when brushing the tail. If your horse becomes nervous during grooming it is not the end of the world, there are some simple tips that can stop your horse from being worried and turn grooming into a pleasant experience for you both.
How to Groom a Horse With Ease
• You must remain calm and confident.
• Horses are intelligent animals and they can sense it when you are nervous, if you are confident they will be.
• Watch your horse carefully when grooming, if his nostrils flare or his ears prick back then he is agitated. Stop the grooming and give the horse a little break to relax.
• A good way of calming your horse down is to let the horse smell all of the grooming brushes before you begin.
• If your horse begins to show signs of irritation during grooming then allow him to smell the tools again, this will reassure your horse.
• Stroke your horse’s head and neck, this will help to build trust between you and your horse. Once your horse knows there is nothing to fear then he will be much more comfortable when being groomed.
• When horse grooming you should keep some treats nearby, when your horse displays confident behaviour you can give him a treat. You can also use the treats after your horse gets worried but becomes calm enough to continue.
• Keep your hand on the horse at all times, the sensation of a brush may feel strange to the horse, having your hand as comfort when horse grooming is a good idea.
• Watch out when you are working on the body parts the horse cannot see. If you are out of the horse’s field of vision then your horse will be especially nervous.
• When brushing the tail stand to the side of the horse, do not leave yourself open to kicking.
• Once you have finished grooming make a big fuss of your horse, stroke him and give him treats. This will leave your horse with positive memories of grooming and he will feel more confident about the next grooming session.
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