Clean to Shine

Clean to Shine

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In this article we will talk about the hygiene of the horse: how to make your pet just shone.

The photos on the Internet (eg. in the service of Instagram) you’ve probably seen pictures of clean, well-groomed to a Shine horses. But have you ever wondered how to achieve such a result?

It’s simple! Come to the aid of a great assistant groom — rubber comb. This accessory is designed for the removal of the horse hair deeply entrenched dirt. In addition, the working movements of a comb on the horse’s body promote better circulation of blood under the skin help to distribute the natural fats for the animal. Well, as the rubber comb, and it is a body massage that in the absence of skin damage is always nice.

Rubber srebnica modern industry produces two types: flexible and rigid. If you do not know what would prefer your horse, it makes sense to try both. Over time, stop the one that is more like it.

Cleaning horses

Cleaning horse comb should start with small circular movements on her body. Then take a brush with medium stiffness bristles and walk it short strokes against the grain of the animal. This way you remove dirt and loose hairs that previously took a comb from the depths of the coat. To finish the Shoe better soft brush, which will make a coat just Shine.

More details about cleaning horses read our previous article.

In the market you can find sprays for the grooming of the horse. Why do they need?

Applied to the horse spray allows the hair to become smooth and slippery. Yes, this spray is a real tool — brush and comb — will not replace, but can add Shine appearance of the horse! Regular use of sprays significantly reduces the subsequent cleaning of the animal. Through the use of the spray in the coat of the horse accumulates less dust and dirt.

Also check out our article about cleaning horses in the winter.

Healthy shiny coat of the animal depends not only on quality care for her, but from the power supply. If you are confused by the coat of your horse, talk with your veterinarian. He can suggest a more optimal diet for the animal. Probably he will recommend specific feeding — feed additives for the health of the skin and coat of the horse. Such feeding combine the necessary components: fats, vitamins, and Biotin that promotes growth and Shine of hair.

You can add in the feed ration of your horse for some amount of vegetable oil, for example, one stolowy spoon, gradually increasing the dosage to one Cup a day. It will positively affect the hair Shine and color will make the horse more noticeable. Also in the spring the horses are very useful to give a decoction of Flaxseed.

And remember: cleanliness — the guarantee of health! Clean your pet often, and he will love you and respect even more!

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How to untangle matted mane and tail horses

How to untangle matted mane and tail horse

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Experienced grooms know that one of the most practical ways to disassemble a matted tail or mane of the horse is the manual method when you want to work exclusively with bare hands. In this case, the efficiency will be higher. With good zeal, the horse will not feel any pain. But at the same time, it is the sombre, long way.


Как расплести спутанную гриву и хвост лошади

Greatly simplifies the work of the groom’s untwined their mane or tail plastic comb with sturdy, wide teeth. Lead them along the hair is gently, it should not pull hair: the animal does not want a long time to endure.

Modern industry produces a special spray intended for easy combing horse hair. After treatment of the tail or mane of an animal in this part of the slipperiness of hair increase: friction reduced. This will make it easier to work with crest. Some sprays are kept long enough not to tangle the hair for some time after application.

How to apply to the mane and tail

Of course. evenly! After application proceed to the analysis of the primary beam on a smaller. The direction of movement on a matted area of hair is better to choose from the bottom up. Removal of local pollutions or analysis of critical nodes should be given separately, in addition to apply the spray directly on the selected area.

Do not despair if something does not work immediately. Remember, hygiene first! Cleaning brush or raskatyvanie comb with the pressure on the skin — it’s almost body massage: this treatment helps to stimulate blood circulation in the area of the procedure, which ultimately has a beneficial effect on hair growth. If your horses you decide to brush mane and tail brush, choose a wide brush with widely spaced bristles, preferably soft at the ends. When working with raspolaganju and brushing, hold the topknot in one hand, and, starting with the ends, work your way up. Well-groomed mane looks much better!

If comb for some reason does not work, and helps spray at hand, and the horse still needs to look beautiful, that is one way haircut.


Как расплести спутанную гриву и хвост лошади

What can be said: the horse after brushing, it will look just fine!

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a Beautiful tail

Beautiful tail

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Beautiful, long, thick tail of the horse is always aesthetically pleasing. Therefore, riders tend to do everything possible to hair, tail is not confused, because their combing is very time — consuming and time-consuming process.


Красивый хвост

Such characteristics of the tail of a horse as its length and its density depend on many factors. Important of them are: heredity and care. And if heredity NIAC we can not influence, in this material the online guide to caring for a horse fourhoofs.ru we will only talk about caring for the tail.

The most ancient and effective event for the care of the tail is to the braiding. This will confirm any girl with long hair: braids significantly reduce zagryaznenie hair and prevent the formation of impenetrable mats use comb. Now, braid the horse’s tail is better to weave a thick but not tight. For more conservation of clean hair sometimes whether the entire braid to hide it in the bag.

Here should be explained. Let us remember what the horse tail? For protection against pesky biting. Folding and hiding the tail in the bag, you are depriving the animal of the ability to defend himself. In the horse it will cause, at least, to her great dissatisfaction.

At the stables and levad sometimes you can find horses that frequently rubbing booty on walls, columns and other elements. With the tail literally losing his hair. And the hair in the tail is the pride of the horse owner. What is the reason for carding the tail section?

  • Parasites. Special medications.
  • Dry skin. Requires more moisture, there are soothing shampoos.
  • Allergic reaction caused by a hypersensitivity to insects. Requires mowing and other measures to combat insects.

Take care of the hair in the tail of a horse. And timely care for the tail will significantly increase the attractiveness of the horse.

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Wash horse shampoo

Wash the horse with shampoo

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Any Shoe the horse can’t be successful if it is uncomfortable for the animal. Therefore, the task of the owner is to do everything possible to satisfy the needs of the horse. If the reservoir can lead a horse to swim. But if the pond there, the suit and rinse with a hose.


Мойка лошади шампунем

When washing the animal with water from a hose pobespokoytes that the water flowed sufficient temperature. Cold water can cause discomfort and rejection from washing. During the procedure it is better to use adjustable spray nozzle: variable water pressure you hygiene procedures will deliver the horse at least concern.

Now about the shampoo. Some shampoos for horses are made very concentrated (which, of course, reported on the packaging or in the instructions for use). These shampoos are intended for dilution in a large volume of water. When washing wool horse shampoo do not hesitate to create a lot of foam. How to do it? Use a special mitten for washing wool horses. It will allow you to better clean the hair and skin of the horse.

The average horse does not like when her shampoo and RUB rukavichki. Yes and generally this is not necessary: not the same degree of contamination. But carefully about once a week to wipe the face with a damp sponge or rag still stands.

After you have applied shampoo to the coat of the horse, for hygienic purposes it is worth to wait fifteen minutes. All this time your horse should not tumble in the dust, rubbing against the pillars, walls, etc. Shampoo should work! In the presence of fleas or various other blood-sucking insects in the coat for 10-15 minutes all the parasites suffocated, and after washed with water. A very important quality to wash away the foam. The remaining were nesmytogo soap will dry the skin and can cause itching and dandruff, hair horses fade. To the horse hair after washing should not be soap, use a scraper to remove excess water. If you still notice soap bubbles on a horse, just rinse the wool again.

Repeat rinsing until then, until leaving water is clean.

How to dry a horse after cleaning

How to dry a horse in emergency conditions, as we wrote earlier. Now let’s talk about the drying of wool after daily washing.

To dry the animal just leave the horse in the sun and a light breeze. As a rule, the horse is washed immediately after swimming why do you want to wallow in dust and dirt, which of course negates all your hygiene efforts. And new mud patches were formed not horses, can be applied on wet coat special formulations-sprays after washing.

To be honest: as a rule, the animal does not need frequent bathing with shampoo. In most cases, the dirt and sweat of the horse can be removed simply with water and a brush. The whole point of the degree of pollution and frequency of washing. Of course, if possible, take the horse swimming at the pool.

Follow the hygiene of your horse and its coat to its natural Shine will please you more often!

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a Horse and a vacuum cleaner

A horse and a vacuum cleaner

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Many animals are afraid of this noisy and “scary” device like a vacuum cleaner. No wonder that it and cats are afraid. But according to the history of this technical miracle, it was originally intended for Konyushenny works. Try cleaning the skin of the horse vacuum you like. It’s so convenient! And for horses vacuum cleaning — it’s just a matter of habit.

Once your horse is accustomed to the loud noise in the manufacturing of its skin cleaner, the cleaning process begins to bring pleasure. And really, driving a brush on the body can serve as an animal a nice relaxing massage. But when cleaning with a vacuum cleaner nevertheless be cautious! Try not to approach sensitive for the horse parts of the body. Each horse such parts can be his. Focused on work familiar to a comb for cleaning the fur of the animal. If in this area you are not working a comb because of increased sensitivity, and brush cleaner is also not necessary. Such body parts include, for example, the head and lower extremities. In this kind of work for cleaning the horse can be used as a manual cleaner, and special — horse.

If you want to achieve maximum effect from the cleaning of wool (for example, before a performance), you must walk through the shoes of an ordinary comb. The work will help to pick up and bring to the surface the accumulated dirt. Then surely treat the surface with a vacuum cleaner. Remember that the cleaner is able to work only in dry dirt, but not wet! So wet the horse is pre-dried.

A good result could end up handling of the horse hair brush for the body, and treatment spray or conditioning for the hair.

For best results, before cleaning equipment walk on the skin of the horse (especially in the most contaminated areas) ordinary rubber comb to raise the surface adhering dirt or dust, and then use a vacuum cleaner. Complete cleaning with a brush for the body, spray it on the spray or conditioner for hair.

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conflicts in the range and division of the horses in group

Conflicts in the range and divide the horses into groups

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The horse owners there is an iron rule for Pets. For minimizing conflicts among horses, wypakowac in the paddock, the entire “staff” is divided into groups.

Конфликты на выгуле и деление лошадей на группы

Conflicts in the paddock in horses can occur in a variety of soils. For example, because of challenging the other Mare. Or gastronomic interests. You never know what?

Anyway, the owners often have to share the composition. Groups can be formed according to various criteria. For example, the size of the animals:

  • small;
  • medium;
  • big.

Or gender type (gender) of horses:

  • Mare;
  • stallions;
  • geldings.

Groups can be formed according to age:

  • weaning;
  • one year old;
  • workers;
  • elderly pensioners.

Apart from that sometimes even animals are divided by nature: that is very cocky individuals are kept apart from the rest.

Sometimes group together. For example, weaners and Godovikov grazing can safely contain in a single group.

The Mare, usually peaceful, because almost any age can get along with each other. Because when a small number of horses on the farm, they can safely leave each other.

Most of the rules horses will be more obvious when you yourself say that these horses with stables and paddock will serve you long enough. If you really want to free range the pasture remained green and contained you horses would be groomed and strong, then so be it. Believe in yourself!

And we hope that the simple guidelines in caring for a horse will help you with this.

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the Air in the stables

The air in the stable

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As all horsemen know, manual handling skinning of the horse is quite dusty event. It does not matter if the yard — summer, and you brush the horse outside, for example, in the paddock. But what to do when winter came?

Воздух на конюшне

The thing is that when cleaning skins of horses in the air of fall it grows small dust particles, thereby contaminating all around. It’s okay if you can be cleaned outside the stables. But if you still on the calendar — a fierce winter, and your horse is outside the stall?

Cleaning indoors significantly degrades air quality, pollutes it. Dust, dander and dangerous bacteria are often the cause of various allergic and infectious respiratory diseases as working in the stables of both personnel and animals. The output is: stable to ventilate the room. But it’s not always convenient to run in the winter. Or even “it’s always uncomfortable…”

Another solution to clean is to buy a special cleaner from the stables. The research was conducted, they confirmed high efficiency: in the air of the stables after manual cleaning in one cubic meter contains twice as many harmful bacteria than before the treatment. And, at the same time, however, after vacuuming, bacteria in the room was two times smaller. Air purification was due to the overall filtering within the control room.

Take care of yourself, others and your Pets! Cystitis strictly on the street in a safe place or with a vacuum cleaner.

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Winter cleaning horses

Winter Shoe horses

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Any horse requires a hygienic cleanliness at any time of the year, including in winter. This is especially important for a truly white, white horses. How to achieve this?

Зимняя чистка лошади

Cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning

Yes, the horse does not save on time spent cleaning horses — do it as often as possible. White feet and markings on the fur jivotnogo is known to require more efforts, otherwise they the extent of pollution will turn into yellow spots.

Daily brush your horse. Thus, you will not allow soiled areas to grow, to become ingrained with dirt. In the winter in Russia is swimming in the water impossible. Just like watering with a hose and buckets. Therefore, in the process of cleaning the animal skin, it is recommended to use the so-called “dry shampoos” and special means to remove stains. For cleaning you’ll need to apply a special solution — a spray — on stain and RUB the skin with a towel. Also you can wash the stain with a sponge and remove the remaining moisture with a cloth rag.

“Stubborn” stains on the tail may require a few sessions of whitening shampoo. If your horse turned purple, do not panic. Try to wash it with regular shampoo.

For the white horses have developed a special whitening shampoo. This tool will be the best friend for discerning horse owners who want to see your horse’s natural white. Before cleaning, read the user manual to the medium. Some whitening shampoos need to be left on the hair, not washing. In order to avoid changing the color of the skin, for example, the acquisition of purple hue, you need to use these shampoos strictly in accordance with the instructions for the composition.

Be attentive to your horse, brush it as needed. Not only does this increase visual appeal, improves hygiene, but also improves contact between the owner and the pet.

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Rotaviruses in foals

Rotaviruses in foals

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What can interfere with getting a quality young stock on the farm? The answer is simple: transmitted infectious (contagious) disease. And despite all the efforts of veterinarians, the use of vaccines and prevention, disease outbreaks are still encountered.

Ротавирусы у жеребят


Unfortunately, the outbreak of contagious diseases occur as a result of a violation of the schemes of vaccination of a livestock of horses, as well as the rules of their content.

Infectious diseases of foals, manifested in the defeat of the gastrointestinal tract

We shall consider only the foals at an early age. Foals with rotavirus (equine rotavirus) group A — is a common cause of diarrhea.

Rotavirus — contagious (contagious) disease with a short incubation period characterized by the oppression of the whole body, the refusal of poop, liquid feces greenish hue, and, consequently, dehydration.

Rotavirus is usually seen in foals short-term, especially if it has not been complicated by secondary bacterial infection. A chronic form of rotavirus is found in infected foals under 8 months.

The diagnosis of “Rotavirus” is on the basis of epidemiological data and history. Also performed an antigenic study of feces for the presence of virus that provides quick confirmation of the disease.

Treatment of rotavirus boils down to:

  • the replenishment of body fluids caused by dehydration;
  • the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics to prevent secondary diseases.



To prevent the foals are usually just enough to get a drink of colostrum. You can also use inactivated vaccine against rotavirus, but not for foals and for pregnant mares is considered. Such vaccination against rotavirus is carried out with triple repetition in the last trimester of pregnancy the uterus. Also a high percentage of morbidity in the sector will need an annual booster vaccination of pregnant mares is considered.

Avoid the symptoms of rotavirus can be due to the following measures:

  • smoothly change the diet of horses;
  • keep animals away from each other, give them more space in the stall;
  • frequently remove manure;
  • correctly use antibiotics.



These simple rules will help to protect the young horses and other animals on the farms from rotavirus disease and its consequences.

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Prenatal condition of a Mare

Prenatal condition of the Mare

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In February-March, breeders are beginning to worry-especially in preparation for childbirth. The fact that the mares completed the last trimester of pregnancy. What must not be forgotten, in anticipation of the appearance of the foals?

Предродовое состояние кобылы


Normal pregnancy in horses lasts from 320 to 360 days. Under favorable conditions of keeping and feeding a horse can quickly create the fetus before birth. In the opposite case, for example, if there are claims in the diet, the Mare will compensate for this increase of the period of gestation of the foal.

In the preparation of childbirth there are some important points that you should pay attention to the breeder.

Somewhere in the tenth month of pregnancy (330-day), the fetus is no longer able to freely change their position in the uterus. At the same time, the veterinarian can determine the thickness of the uteroplacental unit. Thickening of the wall of the uterus can be a symptom of platsentita. At this time, the horse owner need to control the volume of the stomach in the Mare. The eleventh month of pregnancy the mares belly may increase significantly and fall. With a sharp and strong increase should take measures to eliminate dropsy (excess amount of amniotic fluid) or excessive swelling. It can cause weakening of the muscles of the abdominal wall of the animal.

On the eleventh month of pregnancy you need to make the Mare last immunizations. They will increase the immunity of the animal, will help to produce antibodies that colostrum will get the foal. The breeders at that time should provide regular nutrition to your pet. This will facilitate easy flow of the long-awaited birth.

Towards the end a good indicator of the readiness of the Mare is the growing udder. Udder development starts approximately one month before vizerunki. Until that point, the udder may not grow. Somewhere three days before the delivery ends of the nipples of the udder are “waxy” drops of frozen colostrum. A few hours before the birth the Mare performance colostrum can become more intense, which is clearly seen on the dried sticky whitish stripes on the hind legs.

Sometimes colostrum can flow long, up to several days or even weeks before birth. Of course, in this case, the loss of colostrum is not a good sign. Long after the colostrum leads to loss of valuable to the body of immunoglobulins and antibodies. Might have to stock up on colostrum from another Mare. For future transportation have advice: colostrum can tolerate freezing. In the future, before nursing it is impossible to foal colostrum can ottati in warm water.

When approaching vegerable Mare for about five days should strengthen its monitoring of the Mare and her udder. Also in parallel we should start preparing the stall. Clean out his old bedding, disinfect, lay fresh straw.

Somewhere before birth, check the hind legs of the Mare. If there are fresh traces of colostrum, then you can expect delivery in the near future. From this point it is necessary to observe the Mare. Very giovine becomes more cautious and calm. The horse starts to avoid the company in the paddock. A few hours before vegerable vulva of the Mare relaxes, increases in size. The udder becomes badly uvelicheniem and tense. At this time the horse is transferred to a new, free, clean generic a stall.

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