Horse care at the Wastlhof

Horses are gregarious animals and do not like to be left on their own. They have a very subtle way of communicating with each other. As they have no voice, they use their bodies. If we want something from a horse, then, we need to give our command at the exact moment we need it. This is true of both riding and handling. If we understand a horse’s body language, we can not only better communicate what it is we want the animal to do; we also better understand why the horse reacts the way it does.

 

Cleaning

Every rider should clean his or her horse. Our riding instructors welcome all helping hands. The day starts at 7 am. To make sure our beloved creatures stay healthy, they are cleaned of the dirt that can collect under the saddle and the bridle every day. Cleaning is also a good opportunity to get to know a horse better. So take your time over it.

Hoof care

It takes a bit of practice to groom the hoof of a horse. You stand on the left of the animal with your back toward its head. Then take the hoof pick in your right hand. With your left hand, glide down the back of the horse’s leg and then grip its ankle. If the horse presents its hoof to you, hold it up with your left hand. If it’s too heavy, you can support it on your knee. The hoof pick is now used to remove manure, stones, etc. from the horse’s hoof.

 

 

Mucking out

It’s not the most glamorous activity – but it is necessary. How you muck out depends on various factors, e.g. the type of bedding and husbandry. The aim, however, is always the same: a horse is unhappy on dirty bedding, becomes dirty, and may sustain hoof injuries and damage to the airways.

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