Collecting essentials for your equine grooming kit is a large portion of basic horsemanship and care. Your horse should be groomed on a daily basis. This is also an opportune time to check your horse over for wounds, scrapes, hoof problems, hair loss, and any abnormalities you can take note of. It’s best if your horse has his own “exclusive” grooming kit, to prevent the spread of any disease, fungal, or coat problems. Following is an essential grooming kit checklist.
Tote, Trunk, or Kit: This is the best way to carry your grooming supplies. You can organize everything into separate pouches or sections so it’s easier to find what you’re looking for. Some people even choose to keep bathing supplies in one tote or kit, hoof products in another, etc. Be sure to clean it regularly, though, as it will most likely become dirty rather quickly.
Rubber Curry Comb: Rubber curry combs have knob-like teeth to remove embedded dust and dander or caked on mud. It’s best to use this first when you begin grooming to loosen the dirt, and always use in a circular motion.
Stiff-bristled brush: After you curry your horse, use the stiff brush, or “dandy” brush, in a short flicking motion to remove the now-loosened dirt.
Soft-bristled brush: Used as a finishing brush to left-over remove dust and add extra shine to your horse’s coat.
Sheepskin mitt: Rub over coat after brushing for a finished shine. You can even use it to distribute a shine product or fly spray.
Mane/tail comb: If your horse has severe tangles, it best to use a detangler product and your fingers first to avoid hair breakage or loss. Then run the mane comb through it. Metal mane combs are often used to pull manes.
Hoofpick w/ brush: The pick/brush combo lets you pick out and remove and debris your horse’s hooves. You can use the brush away the remaining dust or dirt.
Shampoo: Use a mild or even color-enhancing shampoo. Don’t shampoo too often, or this will make your horses’ coat dry out and loose its luster.
Small bucket: Perfect for mixing water and shampoo. You can even store your sponges in it.
Scrub mitt: Used during bathing and made of rubber, the scrubbing mitt helps remove dirt that lies beneath your horse’s coat, and can then be rinsed off with water.
Sweat scraper: Use a sweat scraper after a bath to remove any excess water.
Detangler product: If your horse has severe tangles, it best to use a detangler product and your fingers first to avoid hair breakage or loss. Leave-in conditioning sprays are also helpful as they leave a shine.
Cooler sheet: During the colder months, a cooler will help your horse dry without becoming chilled after a bath or heavy workout.
Clippers: Even if you don’t show your equine, clippers keep horses neat and tidy looking. Use them regularly to trim whiskers, fetlocks, and bridlepaths.
Fly spray: Keep those bothersome flies, ticks, and mosquitoes, away from your horse. Some fly spray brands even add a shine to your horse’s coat.
Botfly knife: If botflies are common in your area or around your barn, use this to remove the eggs from your horses’ body and legs.
Blankets & sheets: Winter blankets and heavy turnouts help keep your horse warm and comfortable during cold weather and they’re a must if you body clip your horse. Lightweight sheets are useful for cool spring and fall weather transitions. Show sheets keep your horse clean and neat before a show. Fly sheets aid in protecting your horse from flies during summer. They all help keep your horse clean, too!
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