Grooming A Horse:
Begin With Currying

When you start grooming a horse, you'll want to use a currycomb first. This will help loosen up the dirt and hair, which will make it much easier to brush away.

The picture below will introduce you to what currycombs looks like:

If you are new to grooming horses, you may not know which one to use. There are basically three types:

  1. Plastic - These are gentle enough to use on most of the body and summer coats
  2. Metal - For heavy mud and/or thick winter or shedding hair. These are generally not suitable for the more sensitive areas of the horse such as the belly, flanks, face, and legs
  3. Rubber - These come in a variety of styles and are suitable for all areas of the horse. The one shown above is gentle enough to use on the face.

Currying - How and Where

To start,  if you are using a plastic or rubber variety you'll start grooming in a circular motion. A good place to start is at the top of the neck, just behind the head.

  • Put some elbow grease into it!

Move Along The Body

Begin at the top of the neck and work your way to the barrel, back, and legs.

  • Take special care to brush the area where the saddle will sit very well if you are going to ride.

When working on grooming a horse, there are a couple ways you can move along in the process. For simplicity's sake in this tutorial I am showing using only this brush first, followed by a soft brush after completing one side. Another option would be to put a soft brush in the other hand and work in small sections.

Here you can see special notice being given to the area where the girth or cinch of the saddle will be. If there is a lot of loose hair and dirt, it can cause a cinch or gall sore. They are painful and can make it so you can't saddle him for awhile until it heals.

This picture show the legs being groomed. Some horses are sensitive around their legs, bellies, and flanks, so be aware when cleaning these areas up.

  • If you are using a metal currycomb, it will be too harsh for the legs, belly, face, and flank. You'll need to use a plastic or rubber curry on those areas.

Then you'll continue on working your way all the way back to the rump and back legs.

Once you've rubbed and curried with enough effort to have all the dirt loosened, it's time to move on to the next step which is soft brushing.

Mosey on over from grooming a horse back to the index page where you'll find more instruction on everything from how to draw horses, to how to train them!