Many horse owners are now turning their attention to equine grooming, and giving their equine partner a ‘spruce-up’ for spring. This important equestrian management task not only ensures your four-legged partners are looking good, but also that their skin and coat remains in optimum condition, especially important after a wet and muddy winter.
Thorough grooming on a regular basis offers care and maintenance of the skin and coat and allows the horse to remain both clean and healthy, preventing the build up of dirt and bacteria in the coat, and limiting the risk of the owner missing skin conditions.
Here are our top tips for grooming-
Pick the feet out daily and always brush the horse off to remove dirt and debris prior to tacking up; use this opportunity to check for sores and skin issues.
Spring time is an excellent time for a bath. When bathing, we advise that using ‘horse friendly’ products to protect a healthy skin pH is crucial.
Dark coats often fade or bleach in the bright spring sunlight; hair cuticles may become damaged, causing a rough feel and a frizzy, tangled mess. So, we suggest providing plenty of shade in the field. Sweat in the coat accelerates fade, so rinse a sweaty horse before allowing him to bask in the sunshine. Products such as QUIC Screen Coat Sunscreen are revolutionary in avoiding this problem! QUIC Screen boasts zero coat fade for eight or more days. In tests, hair that wasn’t protected by QUIC Screen that was exposed to UVB was dry, weakened, and faded.
The bathing process can sometimes dry out the coat, so we advocate using an equine coat conditioner such as QUIC Condition. The intense protein after-shampoo renewal formula from QUIC rejuvenates and detangles just-cleansed hair with superb, rehydrating conditioner.
For the horses that have stray hairs that are a nuisance when plaiting, we like QUIC Braid’s ‘Mane and tail control spray’ which adds perfect grip to hair when wet and dries to soft, natural feel – it combs out or simply evaporates within days.
Alongside regular grooming with top quality products, remember it is essential to provide a balanced diet containing high levels of fibre and the required levels of carbohydrate, protein, fat and vitamins and minerals including Omega-3 fatty acid, to provide optimum skin and coat health!
To find out more about the grooming products available to purchase, including the Quic Range, visit the website www.worldwidetack.com.