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What are the horse tools?

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What are the horse tools?


Tools used for riding and guiding horses Horse trainers need many tools that are used when dealing with horses for different purposes, and the following are the most important tools used for riding and guiding horses:

 The bridle: (in English: Bridle), is a cover for the head of a horse used to lead and direct it, and it consists of several parts, namely:


 The bit: (English: Bit), it consists of metal pieces placed in the horse's mouth to control it by pressing on a certain part or parts of its mouth and head, and it is

 equipped with rubber circular discs used to protect the horse's lips and the corners of its mouth called the protector of the bit (English: Bit Guards) .


 The excuse: (English: Headstall), it consists of a group of straps that are placed above the horse’s head and surround it, as its role is to fix the snare in its position,


 and sometimes it contains pieces of skin called “blinkers” that are placed on both sides of the horse’s eyes to limit The side view of him, in order to protect him from fear and prevent him from being distracted.


 The rein: (in English: Rein), it is the belt of the bridle that the rider holds in his hand, and its ends are connected to the snare on both sides, and is used to guide the horse towards the side that the rider pulls,


 It is worth noting that the bridle comes in different forms depending on the quality of the ride. For example, the bridle used to drive small horses does not contain a snaffle so as not to hurt their mouth, and this type of bridle is called hackamore.


 saddle Soft, cushioned, and lighter than a Western saddle.


 Stirrup: (English: Stirrup), is a pair of tires or light rings that attach to the saddle, and are used to help the rider ride a horse by supporting his feet during riding. him, his leadership,


 It is made of nylon or leather, but the nylon halter is characterized by its low cost, long life, and ease of cleaning, and it is worth mentioning that there are several sizes of halters to suit horses of different types, ages, and weights.


 Lead Ropes: (English: Lead Ropes), is the rope connected to the halter, and is made of leather or nylon.

 To learn more about horseback riding, you can read my articles: Horseback

 Riding and the Benefits of Horse Riding. Tools used to care for horses Horses need a lot of care and cleaning, and the following are the most important tools used for this purpose:


 Hoof cleaner: (English: Hoof pick), is a tool used to remove dirt and stones stuck to the feet of the horse. The feeler: (English: curry comb), is a tool used to clean the

 horse's body, except for areas with bony prominences such as knees and hocks. The bristle brush: (English: Stiff-bristled brush), used to trim the horse's skin after

 using the tip-up. The comb for the mane and tail: (in English: Mane and Tail

 Comb), is used to comb the hair of the mane and tail of the horse, and it is preferable to start from the end of the hair tangle, then gradually move towards the roots.


Sensation brush: (English: Dandy brush), one of the pieces used to complete horse hair styling. A piece of cloth: (English: Grooming cloth), used to put the finishing touches on styling horse hair.


 Sweat scraper: It is used to remove the sweat that appears on the horse's body after it makes a great effort, such as jogging quickly. Hoof knife: (English: Hoof

 knife), used to remove excess or dead parts of a horse's hoof. Rasp: (English: Rasp), used to file the edges of a horse's hoof. Nail Cutter: It is used to trim the horse's nails that protrude beyond the borders of the shoe. 


Horse tools used in special cases The following shows some horse tools that are used in special cases:

 Chest girdle: (English: Breast Collar), is a belt placed around the horse's chest to help hold the saddle in place in horses with straight shoulders, narrow girdle, and long back. Stabilization

 knot: (English: Tie-down), used for horses that tend to raise or lower their head significantly, as it is tied to the nose belt on one side, and the saddle belt on the other. The heresy: (in English:


Martingale) is a harness that is attached to a cinch to prevent a horse from raising its head too high during vaulting competitions. Leg protector: (English:


Leg Protection), used to protect the legs of young horses from injuries during training, and the legs of horses that participate in competitions that include additional pressure on the legs such as

 jumping competitions, and others. Horse boots: There are various types of horse boots, and their function is to protect different parts of the horse's legs as needed, and they are used only in jumping competitions and games.


Polo wraps: (in English: Polo Wraps), they are laces that can be wrapped around the horse's legs to protect and warm them. The blanket: (in English: Horse blanket), is used to warm the horse in

 the cold weather, and to keep its hair clean and soft, and it has types used to protect the horse from insects. Spurs and whips: They are used to support and strengthen the legs and body of the horse, and the whips are used in equestrian, driving, and dressage competitions.


 To learn more information about horse training, you can read the article How to train a horse, and to learn how to tame a horse, you can read the article How to

 tame a horse. Caring for Equine Equipment The following outlines the most important measures to be followed to keep horse equipment in good condition:


 Storing tools: It is recommended to store horse tools in a well-ventilated place, away from direct sunlight, taking into account covering the harnesses and saddles

 with pieces of cloth to protect them from dust and dirt. To twist and crack the skin,

 as well as hanging blankets to ventilate and dry them. As for saddles, they should be avoided from hanging on ropes, because this leads to damage, and therefore they can be stored on shelves.


 Attention to the tools storage room: It is recommended to choose a moderately cold and relatively dry room in which to store horse tools, because high humidity

 encourages the growth of mold on the tools, and it is preferable to clean the storage room from dust, mold, pet droppings and insects on a weekly basis.


 Cleaning horse tools: horse tools need a deep and thorough cleaning at least twice a year, and cleaning includes washing blankets, saddles, laces, and all tools used to clean horses, and drying them well, and it is also recommended to clean the leather of the horse.


Horse tools periodically after each use with soap and water to get rid of dirt and sweat, taking into account maintaining the elasticity of the skin by painting it with

 a special oil for leather to restore the natural oils that it loses with use, and if the

 skin is exposed to rot, it is recommended to use a mixture of vinegar and water to get rid of it, and preferably Store tools that won't be used soon in bulky plastic containers.


 Periodic Inspection of Equipment: It is advisable to periodically check equipment for horses to ensure that they are safe and ready for use.


 Sterilization of tools: horse breeders recommend sterilizing horse tools after each use to eliminate bacteria, fungi, viruses, and mold, and there is a need for sterilization especially if these tools are shared by several horses, and the use of sterile spray is an easy and quick way for this purpose.


 How to install saddles and harnesses on a horse The horse must be cleaned and arranged, and its body must be free of wounds before starting the process of installing its equipment and tools,

 after cleaning these tools, and making sure that they are safe and ready for use to ensure that no harm is caused to him,


To install the saddle, you must stand behind the horse’s shoulder, and place a blanket or saddle cushion behind his shoulder bones so that it partially covers the

 forehead, leaving approximately 2.5 cm above the saddle, then gently move the saddle on the horse’s back to style the hair that is under it, taking into account that the overhanging parts of The saddle on both sides of the horse are equal.


 After putting the saddle in place, the first end of the saddle belt is fixed on the right side, making sure that it will not swing and hit the horse’s leg, then move to

 the other side, and pick up the second end of the belt from under the horse’s belly, and install it after making sure that it is not twisted, and the rider must Monitor the horse in the meantime to avoid being kicked or bitten, as you should


Ensure that the horse’s hair under the belt is flat, and that the belt does not press on the horse’s skin, and in the event of a back belt, it must be installed after the front belt, and a tie between

 them to secure each belt in its place, and finally, it must be ensured that the passengers are in the appropriate place.


When installing the bridle, the rider must carry the head covering with one hand, and rein with the other hand or on the shoulder, then stand behind the horse’s head

 from the left side, put the reins on its head, raise the head cover with the right

 hand to the horse’s ears, and place the snip in its mouth with the left hand, taking care To not press hard on the horse's lips and teeth, and not to punch the blunt


For the teeth, and once the snare is installed in the horse’s mouth, the head cover must be fixed behind its ears, with the ears folded forward with caution, and taking

 into account the arrangement of the hair that is under the cover, and then adjusting the bridle to ensure the horse’s comfort. the need arose.

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