How to Properly Brush Out Your Horses Mane and Tail

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Things You’ll Need:

  • Horse (any type)
  • Mane & tail comb/brush
  • Patients
  • Kindness
  • Gentle hands

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Have supplies at your disposal. Peferably a  comb or brush. Perhaps both, depending on severity of snarls.  Retrieve the horse to be groomed, place a halter and lead on him to help hold him in place while you proceed with the task of untangling the hair. Start by introducing the comb to the horse. Run the comb over his head and back, down his neck, and legs. Be gentle as the body hair is very thin and close to his hide. Some horses will be more sensitive than others. Next, bring the comb to his forehead, this hair is known as the forelock. Place one hand on the top of his head, while sliding the comb thru the hair with the other. If resistance occurs, snarls are present. Stop. Then, start at the bottom of the forelock, work up until the tangle is freed. (Holding your hand at the top of the head where the forelock beigns, will help to lessen any pulling.) Continue with this process until all tangles have been removed. Now you may move onto the mane. Placing your hand on the highest portion of the neck (where the mane connects to thehighest region of the neck), slip the comb in the mane. If you meet with resistance, repeat the entire process until the hair combs smooth. Once you have completed this process, you are ready to move on to the tail section. Holding the entire tail in one hand, gently comb from the top until you meet with a snag, this will signal the need to hold the tail in a lower position. While holding near the end of the tail, start the comb at the ends of the hair. Continue moving upward in the hair, where you will eventually meet with the first combed out section. Thus, having removed all snags. Happy tails!

Tips & Warnings

  • Holding the hair firmly helps to minimize pulling
  • Brushing the mane and tail daily helps to eliminate dirty build up
  • Talking to your horse while brushing him, relaxes him
  • Do not stand directly behind a horse, as he may kick
  • When standing in back of the horse, stand close to him- this minimizes the distance of the impact if he should decide to kick out
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