Preparing your Horse to Ride

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Any good horseman should know that there are three very important steps to take into consideration when preparing to ride your horse. The following three steps; grooming, tacking up, and warming up, if done properly should lead to a trouble free enjoyable ride.

Making sure your horse is thoroughly groomed is the first step to making him comfortable. Assuring the feet are picked and free of pebbles or stones are imperative to prevent any injuries to your horse’s feet. Next, comb out any tangles or debris from the forelock, (the horses bangs) mane, and tail. Keeping in mind the horse uses his tail as a deterrent for insects we want this to be free flowing and free to swat with. Now let’s brush our horse. Using a curry comb, first and in circular motions work your way down the horse’s neck, across his body and around his rump. This will loosen any built up and ground in dirt. Using a hard course brush, brush out your horses coat to bring up and out all that loosened dirt. Taking a medium course brush you may now brush off any loosened dirt that may still be in the hairs. Finalize you...

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