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Top Five Things To Have In A Grooming Kit
 By mosquito   •   4th Mar 2011   •   4,858 views   •   20 comments
Grooming is a great time to spend with your horse, and it can be a lot of fun for both of you. Consequently it’s easy for a grooming kit to get out of hand, and for your grooming box to be overflowing with all kinds of stuff. But here are – in my opinion – the 5 best things to keep in your box!

Horse Grooming Kit

1.

A hoof pick. No hoof, no horse. Get a good hoof pick – maybe even two – and always keep one in the box. I like the ones with brushes on the back, but any hoof pick will do.

2.

Sponges. A little water goes a long way. A clean sponge to wipe out your horse’s eyes and nose will refresh him, and a quick dab with a little water will shift most stains. After your ride, a sponge will get the sticky stuff off your horse’s bit before it sets. Cheap, simple, and useful – but replace or boil your sponges often to protect your horse form infection and disease.

3.

Scissors. Like sponges, scissors have a few uses. A quick trim of whiskers, bridle path or fetlocks can make a big difference to your horse’s appearance between clips. Scissors can get hair away from cuts and scrapes and make cleaning them easier. And of course, scissors are just about the most useful tool for opening stubborn supplement packages, removing tags form the fancy new piece of tack you just bought, or as a first step in many minor repairs.

4.

A really nice brush. There’s nothing like the feel of a really top quality body brush, and your horse would say the same. If you splash out your hard-earned bucks on anything in your grooming kit, make it a good body brush. And once you’ve got it, keep it clean, dry, and don’t squash the fibers in the corner of your grooming box!

5.

Tack wipes. Nobody cleans their tack as often as they should. Get a pack of quick and easy leather cleaning wipes and there’s no excuse not to get the critical spots (like under the headstall) every time you ride!

What’s your favorite or most-used grooming tool? What can your grooming box not live without?
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Candy99  
Loved your article and definetly keep the tips in mind! And I love hoof picks and that's what my grooming box CANNOT live without =)
  Mar 4, 2011  •  3,120 views
 
No Walkin Farms9  
Great article. I hope to one day have a horse to use these suggestions on. :)
  Mar 4, 2011  •  3,144 views
 
ImaCoolCowgirl  
Baby Oil!! Not only can it help with dry skin under your horses tail maling him/her ich, it can remove stains, mosterize their hooves, and also just by rubbing a little around the muzzle and eyes it can make your horse look even better for your show classes!!
  Mar 4, 2011  •  3,108 views
 
weezapony  
Adding to #4, a nice curry-comb. Good for getting out stubborn muck, shedding season, and getting the really itchy spot. :)
  Mar 4, 2011  •  3,103 views
 
Untamed Heart  
Great artical! I couldnt live without my rubber curry comb... :) My horse likes to roll n the muddiest spot when she gets in the pasture... :)
  Mar 4, 2011  •  3,125 views
 
kingfisher  
Good advice
  Mar 5, 2011  •  3,113 views
 
T E M P E S T  
Great article! I can almost never find a hoof pick in my grooming box, but I must have at lease 3 *lol* :)
  Mar 5, 2011  •  3,179 views
 
Madeirey  
Mane and tail hair brush!!!!
  Mar 5, 2011  •  3,102 views
 
Painted Destiny  
Great article!
  Mar 5, 2011  •  3,108 views
 
Dark Star  
mane and tail brush for sure
  Mar 5, 2011  •  3,102 views
 
Emma Watson  
Shampoo condishiner and fly spy
  Mar 5, 2011  •  3,129 views
 
Velski  
I don't actually have a horse, but at my lessons, I've discovered that the shedding blade is a nice thing when the horse is shedding his winter coat. I might be wrong on what it's called, I haven't used it yet this year.
  Mar 5, 2011  •  3,109 views
 
Seven Sins  
great article :)
  Mar 5, 2011  •  3,107 views
 
Milly  
Good thing I have all of these except the tack wipes, we just use a sponge and leather cleaner every month or two.
Best thing I have is this rubber brush that gets out a lot of the dead coat when they are shedding it. It is great!
  Mar 6, 2011  •  3,145 views
 
scherzo  
Very useful!
  Mar 6, 2011  •  3,121 views
 
Soul Horse  
Great Advice!
  Mar 7, 2011  •  3,126 views
 
Isadorable  
Great job! I definately agree!
  Mar 8, 2011  •  3,129 views
 
Clair L  
i dont use whips
  Mar 14, 2011  •  3,138 views
 
scherzo  
Maybe a follow up on what needs to go in a 1st aid kit?
  Mar 16, 2011  •  3,228 views
 
Deleted Accounts  
i have a brush, hoof pick and sponge out of this list!
  Apr 13, 2012  •  3,145 views
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