Use this teaching guide for unmounted HorseSense lessons that introduce grooming skills, with an emphasis on the horse’s comfort.
A fundamental skill for riding students, grooming is also a good way for beginners to become comfortable working around a horse on the ground.
While Red Level students should be familiar with the contents of a standard grooming kit, the goal of this objective is not to turn horses out to gleaming, show-quality standards. A simple currying and brushing in addition to hoof-picking will suffice, with shavings/hay and major tangles removed from the mane and tail.
These lessons go hand in hand with hoof picking practice, and offer the opportunity to start naming parts of the horse.
Teaching tips include:
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