Therapeutic Horseback Riding : Grooming Horses

Hi, my name is Connie and we’re here at Hearts
Adaptive Riding Center in Santa Barbara, California and I’m here for Expert Village. This is Amanda,
she’s one of our volunteers. And this is something we have our volunteers do. She’s got Lily
out. Lily’s a little Icelandic pony that we use. And you’re grooming the horses before
we tack them up. The reason why we groom is to get all the dirt and hair out of the way
so that way when we fit her with the saddle it’s more comfortable for her. What she’s
doing right now is she’s using a curry comb, and a curry comb loosens up all the loose
hair when their shedding and all the rough dirt especially in the wet season when they
roll in mud, we have lovely dirt clots all over them. So you start with that. You start
from the neck and you go down to the back and the barrel and up over the horsey bum.
And they you’re going to follow up with a dandy brush. Dandy brushes are a little bit
more stiff and they help loosen up all the hair that she just did with the curry comb.