Do you ever wonder how expert horse groomers achieve great results? Well, having witnessed and worked with a few amazing horse groomers, I can tell you that great groomers are not born but they are made through consistency, technique, and by using the right products. If you want to achieve similar results, even as a novice groomer, I recommend these top habits. By replicating their ways, you too can achieve expert quality horse grooming.
Use the right tools
The complete set of tools in a horse grooming kit have already been discussed, so take the time to build a high-quality set of tools. Experts have in their arsenal a selection of carefully selected set of brushes, curry combs, sponges, rags, wipes, and a few useful extras.
Select high-quality grooming products
With your grooming tools and gadgets sorted, another important aspect of expert horse grooming is using high-quality grooming products such as shampoos, conditioners, and silicone sprays to ensure that the horse’s coat looks healthy and shiny. Expert groomers trust only the best in this case and I suggest you should too if you want a show horse to shine. Select products that contain natural, nourishing ingredients that support healthy and shiny hair and minimize damage and breakage.
Put in the effort
Good grooming requires effort and elbow grease. Putting in the effort will yield better results. From currying to polishing, you require strokes with pressure to get rid of the dirt, mud, and dead hair lodged deep into the coat of the horse. Experts suggest working from the back to the front of the horse with multiple short strokes in the direction which the hair lies for best results. Another great tip is to use both arms alternatively to do the work, this way you will prevent one arm from doing all the work and fatiguing.
Brushing, on the other hand, does not require a lot of effort, especially if you are using a soft brush to bring out the shine. If you groom your horse right with the correct amount of effort and hard work expect your arms to get tired and even a little sore from the exercise.
Skip the shampoo
Although you might believe that washing and shampooing the horse daily is something experts might favor, on the contrary, most suggest shampooing your horse sparingly because it can do more harm than good. Too many baths and too often with harsh detergents can lead to the drying and itchiness of the skin, which is why I formulated Not-So-Sweet-Itch Body Wash to shampoo the coat without stripping away the skin and hair’s natural oils. Use Grapefruit Coat Refresh and Showcoat Leave In Conditioner as an alternative to bathing when your horse’s coat is not too dirty.
Focus on the feed
A good coat is more than just good grooming. If a horse is deficient in key nutrients, it will reflect in the quality and look of their skin and coat. An expert groomer appreciates the importance of a well-balanced diet for their horse that is full of vitamins, omega fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. A tip for a shiny coat is pouring a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil on the horse’s feed. Nutrients such as biotin and vitamin B are good for skin and hoof health.
Download our free Ebook for information about the natural herbs and plants I recommend supplementing in your horse’s diet.
Maintain the mane and tail
One of the most striking and stunning aspects of a well-groomed horse, other than its shiny coat, is a thick flowing mane and tail. To achieve these amazing results, experts choose only the best and most effective tools for detangling. Regularly using and effective conditioner, such as our FAIRY TAILS! line, not only makes the mane and tail shine, they also help prevent tangling and having debris get caught in the hair, meaning you have less work to do next time.
Consistency is key
Experts pay equal amounts of attention to every aspect of grooming and each part of the horse. They also take the time to learn about the horse and use grooming as an effective way of bonding with the animal.
96 thoughts on “Adopt Effective Habits of Expert Horse Groomers For Best Results”
Nice to know about the shampooing making things worse nice to know
Consistency is indeed key.
Interesting article,something new to me
horses are majestic it’s important to take good care of them
Thanks for sharing this informative article.
I did not know to not use shampoo on horses. Good to know! This was very informative to read. Thank you!
Be very careful overusing shampoo on a horse, it will quickly dry out the coat! Good grooming habits will reduce the need for your horse to need a bath! Don’t forget the hoof cleaning which wasn’t mentioned here and is very important.
Very informative, thanks!
A lot goes into grooming a horse, definitely think wisely when picking the products
I’ve learned so much from this.. I never knew hardly anything about grooming a horse.
Interesting read ,ty
Good stuff thx!
Great information. I look forward to reading your news letters.
I never knew it was this complicated! Thanks!
thanks I did not know about the shampooing.
Nice informative about combing and serve the horse
Good grooming requires effort and elbow grease. this is so true.
Very helpful article
Thanks for this great article!!!
Great information, I didn’t know that shampoo can do more harm than good.
Yes, consistency is definitely key!
interesting article…dd not know about the shampoo doing more harm than good
Interesting, something new to me
Great information for horses care
I worked has a groom for my uncle, on a horse ( Mare) called Daisy, and a few of these tips I use to do, but some I have not heard of, very interesting post
Horse always been my favorite animal
This is really good to read, as a novice I did not know to not use shampoo on horses, so thank you! This was very enlightening indeed!
It looks so cool.
Very interesting. My ol lady’s cousins all race horses and barrel race. Always take great care of their farm animals
Another good starter article
Another good starter article
Thanks for the tips!
I’ve always loved horses
this is interesting!
Helpful article. Thank you.
Have to take care of a horse as your family member..
Great article , thank you._!!
I’ve found that not shampooing my horse is way better for their hair 🙂
Thanx for sharing this!
very informative and helpful article
very useful and helpful article
I’d like to have a good quality grooming kit. Thanks for posting!
USE THE BETTER QUALITY GROOMING PRODUCTS!
Great information thank you
What a great and very thorough and thought out article I’m loving all the hints and tips
You helped me a lot
Thanks for the tips!
Such an incredible photo…
I like these tips
Thanks for sharing! All of this is great information! Every step takes time, so don’t rush through the grooming process, so the horse will benefit the most! Thx!
wow. thank u
Super handy guide!
Thanks for the tips
Grooming horses is therapy to me. So relaxing.
Wonderful article! 🐴🐴🐎🐎🐴🐴🐎🐎🐴🐴🐎🐎
It goes to reason about not shampooing the horse much or to use a product with good ingredients to not dry out the skin. Somewhat like people. I am a retired hairdresser and can relate to how important it is. I like the products Grapefruit Coat Refresh and Showcoat Leave In Conditioner . I was reading about the green spots….. interesting . never gave thought to that as to being around manure. And the conditioner that won’t clog the pores! great.! These articles are so interesting and educational.. 🙂
Great habits too adopt
Nice article….. worth reading.
Didn’t know you were supposed to skip the shampoo! Thanks <3
So true that what they are fed will reflect in the health of their coat and skin like most animals.
This is new to me.
Oh! there are a lot of things that I don’t know before
A happy horse is a good horse
Great information thankyou for this valuable information
I have learnt new things to apply to my horse grooming, thanks for the information.
Great article very informative thank you
WIll keep these tips in mind next grooming.
It’s good to know that shampoo will strip the natural oils. It’s good to find another wash for shiny hair.
Awesome tips and advice!
Yes, the right tools and consistency is definitely a must. Great tips!
Great information! Especially about not using shampoo!