C. Never tie with bridle reins, twine, etc. always tie with halter and lead rope. D. Use a slip knot/ quick release knot for safety. E. Tie horse at “head level”, not “ground level” F. Tie with enough slack for horse to move but not so much that horse may become entangled in slack (12-18 inches from halter to where the horse is tied. IV. Safely releasing the horse A. Release the horse by the gate with the horse’s head facing the gate
B. Be aware of horse when releasing, don’t just turn around i. Horse’s often run or play right after being turned loose, do not be in the wrong position and get kicked or run over V. Safely grooming the horse A. Always work on the same side of the horse as someone else B. Talk to the horse and always work from the front to the back, keeping one hand on the horse at all times C. Begin with rubber curry comb or grooma i. Use in a circular motion on large muscle areas ii. Stimulates circulation iii. Brings dead hair and dirt to the surface of the coat iv. Metal curry comb 1. most useful for large clumps of mud 2. many times rubber curry replaces the metal curry 3. Never use curry comb below knees or on face! D. Next use the hard bristled brush or dandy brush i. Using your wrist, flick the dirt and hair off the horse’s body ii. Observe the horse’s reaction in sensitive areas of thin skin such as lower legs, face and flank E. Then use the soft bristled brush or finishing brush i. Use same motion as the hard bristle brush ii. This brush should be comfortable to use over the entire body including the lower legs, face and ears iii. This brush removes the smaller particles of dirt and hair and brings a shine to the coat F. Mane and Tail i. Use a comb to detangle the mane and tail ii. Do not comb over the horse’s eye iii. If the tail is excessively tangled use your fingers to gently untangle the hair, you do not want to pull out any hair as the horse needs its tail to swat flies VI. Safe Procedure for picking up and cleaning the horse’s hoof A. Front feet i. Start by facing the rear of the horse ii. Touch the horse’s shoulder with your inside hand which holds the hoof pick until the foot is picked up iii.
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