Before you get down to how to trim a horse’s bridle path, you must realize why you need to trim the bridle path. The bridle path is the part of the horse that lies directly behind the horse’s ears and where the bridle rests. If your horse doesn’t have a trimmed bridle path, you could face the following situations:
- The bridle getting tangled in the mane and becoming difficult to remove.
- The bridle falling off, especially if you have a horse with a heavy mane and small ears.
- Sores where the bridle gets entangled with the mane and causes hair pull.
To eliminate all these issues and to make your horse or pony presentable, especially if it is a show horse, you can trim the bridle path.
What you need to know before you trim the bridle path:
Figure out how big the bridle path should be. Opinions are divided with regard to the length of the bridle path:
- Some believe it should be equal to the height of the horse’s ears.
- Others opine that it should be at least a ‘hand’ – the breadth of your palm when measured horizontally.
Once you have figured out the length of the bridle path, it is time to get together the…
Things you will need:
- A mane brush
- Round edged scissors
Now for the steps to trim the bridle path:
- Tie the horse to a pole where you get enough light to work with.
- Brush the mane and separate it from the forelocks.
- Pull the crown of the halter back – it will give you working space.
- And now for the final step, here is a video to guide you.
And last but not least…
Some tips to help you along the way:
- Mark the region you are going to clear – otherwise, you might overstep the margins and cut off quite a chunk from the mane.
- Check the required bridle path length if you want to sign up your horse for a show or event
- Keep trimming the bridle path – it is easier than cutting the bridle path.
- If the horse is taller, stand on a tool to gain the necessary height so that you don’t have to stretch up to get at the mane. See also these ABCs of horse care.
Hope this answers your basic queries on how to trim a horse’s bridle path. Go slow, and consider the safety element, and you should be able to trim your horse’s bridle path without any problem!
Why Does Your Horse Need Horse Hoof Oil?
By nature, horse’s hooves are supposed to be hard and dry. This is natural given that they were originally inhabitants of aris and dry regions. However, sometimes the hooves become excessively dry and tend to crack. That is when you need horse hoof oil to protect the hooves and replenish the moisture loss and make also sure you’ll feed your horse enough beet pulp!
If you’re wondering if horses have natural moisture in their hooves, they do. The moisture they need is generated through blood circulation – so a horse that gets regular workout can be expected to have moisturized hooves. But a horse that is idly standing in a stall for hours is expected to lose all moisture from the hooves.
Then again, if the horse is forced to stand in mud or soggy ground for long, the excess moisture can weaken the hooves. This is also applicable if the horse is given frequent baths, or receives too much of hoof dressing applications.
How to maintain hoof health?
Follow the mean path – make sure the horse doesn’t get overexposed to moisture. And also ensure:
- His stall is well drained.
- He gets plenty of exercise.
- He is treated with hoof oil whenever the hooves show signs of cracks.
But since hoof oil is rather expensive, you can prepare your own hoof oil in a few steps.
How to prepare hoof oil?
Just follow the steps as follows:
- Get hold of a jug or a big deep bowl.
- Get vegetable oil and olive oil.
- Measure out 50 ml of vegetable oil.
- Measure out 50 ml of olive oil.
- Mix the oils in the bowl.
- You can either get hold of a hoof oil holder. But given that even they are expensive, you might want to use a butter tub.
- Use a funnel to pour in the hoof oil into the container of your choice – the butter tub or the oil holder.
- Use a pastry brush or hoof oil brush to apply the oil onto the horse’s hooves.
But don’t go overboard – too much hoof oil can be counterproductive. With practice, you will soon figure out just how much oil application is enough for your horse. Horse hoof oil is very helpful, but your horse will still need regular exercise to generate the natural moisture needed for the hooves. So, regular workout and hoof oil go hand in hand to ensure hoof health.