An important part of owning an American paint horse is maintaining a good grooming regime. A well groomed horse is often a healthy horse, and regular grooming will mean that the owner will notice any possible problems before they worsen with time. Grooming can, also, be a good bonding experience for both owner and horse. Whether your American paint horse is a show horse, a pet horse, or a working horse, grooming is an important part of his upkeep.
Perhaps the most crucial part of grooming is what you will need to have in your grooming kit. Hoof picks are essential aids in keeping the horses hooves free of objects that could cause him discomfort or even hurt him. Brushes and combs are needed for the upkeep of the horses mane, tail, and coat. You will likely need a wide variety of brushes including a dandy brush, a body brush, and a water brush. A dandy brush can be used to remove mud from the horse and is great for use in the Winter, and a body brush will be an excellent way to groom the horses coat, mane, and tail. For best results, one should brush the way in which the hair is laying. Along with brushes, a horse owner will want to keep a few combs handy, as well. Of these are a curry comb, which is good for use in the Spring, and a mane and tail comb. You should never pull out too many hairs from the horses tail as it takes a long time for those hairs to grow back. Two other grooming items that may come in handy include the sponge and the bucket. Often after riding, you will notice build up of sweat where the saddle was. This can be sponged away with warm water, and will keep your horse from becoming itchy.