Horses naturally groom each other in the wild. Standing head to tail, they swish flies away from the others’ head, and pick loose hairs off each others backs.
As human caretakers, it is a pleasurable way to spend time, cleaning our horses, and talking to them. Be sure that your horse knows how to tie to either a single tie or crossties. This is an extremely important ground training accomplishment…for safety and pleasure during the grooming…for both the horse and the groomer.
Grooming increases blood flow and stimulates the oil secretion glands that condition the horse’s coat. It removes tangles from the mane and tail, and fly eggs (bots) from the legs and body. Grooming also loosens the dirt and sweat stains from the girth and saddle areas to prevent sores.