Grooming a curly horse is a unique experience that requires special attention to their distinctive curly or wavy coats. Here are essential grooming tips to keep your curly horse looking its best and feeling comfortable.
Equipment Preparation: Before you start, gather the necessary grooming tools, including a curry comb, dandy brush, body brush, mane and tail comb, hoof pick, and shedding blade if it’s shedding season. Also, have towels, a bucket of water, and mild horse shampoo ready.
Bathing: Give your curly horse a bath when needed, but avoid excessive washing, as it can strip the coat of natural oils. Use a gentle horse shampoo and lukewarm water. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue and dry your horse completely, paying attention to the curls to prevent skin issues.
Mane and Tail Care: Detangle any knots or tangles in the mane and tail using a mane and tail comb. Start at the tips and work up towards the base to prevent breakage. Consider using a detangling spray or conditioner designed for horse manes and tails. We always brush out the mane and tail when dry. After you brush it out, your horse might look like it has really big hair! We then wash it, condition it and finger the curls back into place and let it dry naturally. This way your curly horse will have a beautiful curly horse look.
Brushing: Gently brush your horse’s coat using a curry comb or dandy brush, using circular motions to loosen dirt and debris. Follow up with a body brush to remove finer particles and promote blood circulation and a healthy coat.
Shedding Season: During shedding season, use a shedding blade to remove excess hair and speed up the shedding process, being cautious to handle the curls delicately. You will likely notice a HUGE pile of curly fur under their hooves. Haha!
Hoof Care: Regularly pick out dirt and debris from your horse’s hooves, and inspect them for signs of injury or infection. Apply a hoof conditioner or moisturizer to maintain hoof health and prevent cracking.
In conclusion, grooming a curly horse is a rewarding experience that enhances their appearance and well-being. Regular grooming builds a stronger bond between you and your horse. Be gentle, patient, and prioritize your horse’s comfort and health. With proper care, your curly horse will be a shining example of equine beauty and grace.