Grooming your horse is an essential part of caring for their health and wellbeing. And, because of that, it’s an essential part of being a horse owner or rider.
We recently wrote an article about horse grooming tips for beginner riders, and now we’d like to dive a bit further. Here we’re going to talk about the specific tools and equipment you need in your horse grooming kit to properly do the job.
Note that you can easily purchase a horse grooming kit with all of these items. It is, however, beneficial to understand what each of them do so you can use them properly.
Without further ado, here are 8 things you need in your horse grooming kit.
8 Essential Horse Grooming Tools
Here are all the things you need in a grooming kit. They’re listed in the same order that you will use to groom your horse.
1. Curry Comb
This round-shaped comb, short-toothed comb is designed to loosen hair and dirt from your horse. It has a strap to fasten it to your hand, making it easy to hold.
Use a curry comb by brushing your horse in short, circular motions all over their body (except their legs and head).
2. Stiff Brush
After you loosen off the debris from your horse, use a stiff brush to remove the dirt from them. Stiff brushes are often made from plastic or natural bristles.
Use a stiff brush in the same areas you used the curry comb, brushing with short strokes along the direction of your horse’s hair.
3. Soft Brush
Next up, the soft brush. It’s “soft” because it’s made from natural fibres like horse or goat hair, or soft, synthetic fibres. The purpose of this brush is to smooth the coat and bring natural oils to the surface.
Soft brushes can be used over the horse’s entire body and there are smaller ones designed specifically for their face.
4. Mane Brush
After you’re done with grooming your horse’s body, focus on their mane. A mane brush (or comb) is designed to groom the mane and avoid matting or tangles.
Gently brush through your horse’s mane in the direction of their hair, flattening and detangling it as you go. This is an important step if you plan on plaiting or otherwise styling your horse’s mane.
If your horse is dirty or has some small wounds, you may need to use a sponge to clean it. Make sure you have a soft sponge to clean delicate areas such as the face or groin. You should use separate sponges for separate body parts and can opt for a larger sponge when wiping down the body and legs.
6. Stable Rubber
After your horse is cleaned and groomed, use a stable rubber to give the horse’s coat a final polish. This is made from linen, terrycloth, or another fabric and absorbs moisture to have a clean, smooth finish.
7. Hoof Pick
Moving on to your horse’s hooves, remove dirt, stones, or mud that gets packed in after a ride. Gently lift the horses foot and scrape out the debris with a horse pick.
8. Sweat scraper
This item is not always necessary but can be useful to remove sweat or moisture from your horse’s coat. It has a rubber blade that is “scraped” along the horse’s body to remove moisture. It’s similar to using a squeegee on a window and can be done before you go through your whole grooming process.
Where to Get a Horse Grooming Kit
As mentioned previously, you can purchase all these items together in one singular kit. Horse and Hound’s Buyer’s Guide is a great place to start and look for something to suit your needs. Here are some things to look out for:
- Quality of materials: This can impact the effectiveness of the tools and the overall cost.
- Carrying bag or kit: You want something that’s easy to bring different places and keeps your kit organized.
- Customization: Some kits allow you to customize them and add personal details like your initials to the tools.
If you’re unsure of what to buy, you can also ask your horse-riding school instructors. We’ve compiled lists of the best riding schools in London, Kent, and Essex. If you are attending one, your instructors will be able to tell you everything you need to know about grooming your horse.
Grooming your horse is an essential part of being a horse owner and rider. It’s just part of good preparation to enjoy the sport and take care of your horse. Another way to prepare is by having the right gear such as a horse riding jacket that works in any weather condition. We’d love for you to check out our Equicoat to see if it’s the right option for you!Journal