The cleanliness of the horse is fundamental, not only for its appearance but because it is something that directly influences its own health.
Each animal must have its cleaning equipment, since the use of the same utensils for several, can cause the spread and contagion of any disease that has one of them. These utensils should also be washed often.
We must clean the horse with some frequency. First we will rub with the scraper and then we will brush it, it is worth remembering that in doing this, apart from cleaning it we will perform a massage that stimulates the blood circulation and tones its muscles.
The manes and tail should be unraveled with a comb and if the manes are very abundant, they will be discharged between taking them out (never need to have scissors).
Helmets require very special care since it is a very prone to infections. With the aid of a helmet, we will clean all the accumulation of sawdust or mud they may have and we will apply, with the aid of a brush, special grease for them, preventing them from drying out and cracking.
It is not appropriate to abuse the showers, since the horse’s hair has its own natural oils, which are removed with excess water. So washing them too much can be harmful. Neither should we shower when it is too cold.
In winter we can wash the dirtiest areas such as mane and tail with shampoo, water and rinse them trying not to wet the rest of the horse.
So that it does not accumulate too much dirt and excess sweat when working, it is advisable to shear the horse. But we must take into account that when taking his natural coat, we must not forget to put a blanket.
All this hygiene is complemented by that of the horse’s own stable. It is of no use to keep the animal clean if its life runs the rest of the day, without essential hygienic conditions.