There are so many reasons to spend quality time grooming your horse. You will form a strong bond, you can check out his skin for cuts and scrapes, and you can help him maintain a great shine. Of course you will also be able to scratch all of his itchy places, too. But let’s examine some of the most commonly overlooked places on horses that you should be paying attention to.
- The underside of your horse’s head, between his jaw cheeks – This is an area that seldom sees a curry comb, due to the small space and large curry. But, Hands On Gloves fit right in. Because they are gloves with soft nodules, you can use one, two or all fingers to massage and clean this normally hard to get to area.
- The corners of the mouth – this area is often irritated by the bit, and can crack, blister, and peel.
- The ears. For the most part, ears are “self cleaning” on the inside and need very little intervention. But – daily inspections and gently currying are helpful for staying ahead of problems. And, it’s good desensitization for your horse.
- The sheath/udders – yes, it’s personal, and yes, it’s necessary. Tumors and goo and scrapes and bugs and scabs love to live here. Proceed with caution using grooming gloves in these sensitive areas.
Many horses like to have their sheaths scratched, other horses, not so much.
- Under your horse’s tail – the rectum area likes to get dirty, flakey, and icky. Also, check on the underside of your horse’s tail bone.
- In between the butt cheeks – This area loves to get rubs, from warm weather work outs, to finding the sweet spot on a fence. Clean, and then protect before another ride.
- Coronary bands – sometimes, if the hair is not trimmed, you can miss the beginnings of a crack. This is also a very common area for scrapes and cuts. Be sure to use your fingers and eyes to inspect this area!
- Elbow area – this area formed by the elbow, the belly, the girth area, and the zillion folds of skin, is very popular for sores and irritations. Tack, sweat, skin, and dirt can create sores, that sometimes can’t be seen. And ticks.
Use your grooming gloves to play with where you horse likes to be groomed, and with what pressure. For sensitive areas, you might find a lighter touch is better. Also allow your bare hands to do some of the inspecting so that you know exactly how things should feel.