Artillery Horse Care

Artillery Harnesses  |  Saddling/Harnessing

        This page contains information dealing with proper horse care. There are many "things" to do in keeping a horse fit and healthy, both physically and mentally. See an anatomical chart of the Morgan horse from the American Morgan Horse Association Web site.

        With the Artillery Horse's Prayer in mind, below are some basic steps used by Reilly's Battery prior to riding its horses.


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Step 1. Check overall disposition of horse.

Look for physical injuries. Many injuries are caused by kicking and biting - normal horse behavior within a herd.

It may be difficult to spot these injuries right away. You will have the opportunity to look for them while combing and brushing them.

Step 2. Comb horse using Curry Comb.

A Curry Comb is used to remove chunks of dirt and other debris not easily removed with a brush.

How to Comb:

  • Comb in the same direction that the hair lies
  • Work on one side of the horse at a time
  • Comb the horse from top to bottom - start with the neck, then back, side, rear, girth area, and finally legs.

Step 2a (36KB)  Step 2b (42KB)  Step 2c (44KB)

Step 3. Brush Horse

A Brush is used to remove dirt and other debris. It is imperative that you thoroughly brush the saddle and harness areas of the horse. A saddle rubbing against debris will cause blisters and sores... and more importantly, an unhappy and uncooperative horse.

How to Brush - same as with a comb: from top to bottom - start with the neck, then back, side, rear, girth area, and finally legs.

Step 3a (42KB)  Step 3b (48KB)  Step 3c (40KB)

Step 4. Foot care.

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Artillery Harnesses  |  Saddling/Harnessing