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Brushing Benefits

When was the last time you gave your horse the brush off? You should know that brushing does more that just remove dirt.

Brushing is not a substitute for bathing your horse. In fact, they serve different purposes. Susan Harris, author of Grooming to Win, says brushing puts the shine in your horse's coat.

"It stimulates the circulation. It's a little bit like the old thing where girls would brush their hair a hundred strokes every night, and it also distributes the skin oil over the surface of the hair. So if you brush again and again with firm pressure, you get a little friction going. That warms it up, and you'll see the hair begins to shine and that's because you've spread that horse's natural skin oils over the surface of his hair coat."

Always brush in the direction the hair lies. Use short, brisk strokes, no more than twelve inches in length, rather than long slow strokes. And most important, enjoy yourself! This is quality time with your horse.

Story Credit: http://www.thehorseshow.com/


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