A grooming box should contain the following items:
- Body Brush a soft bristled brush for grooming the face and all of the body.
- Dandy Brush this is a hard bristled brush which should be used carefully on horses with very thick coats only.
- Plastic Curry Comb used in a circular motion to bring up scurf and dirt to the surface.
- Rubber Curry Comb used in a circular motion to bring dirt and scurf up to the surface.
- Metal Curry Comb to clean out the body brush which is pulled through the teeth of the curry comb.
- Hoof Pick to pick out the horses feet.
- Hoof brush to clean mud from the hoof wall.
- Eye Sponge for cleaning the eyes.
- Nose Sponge for cleaning the nostrils.
- Dock Sponge for cleaning the dock.
- Wash Sponge for washing the horse down after work.
- Combs - Mane comb, Tail comb
- Tail bandage - For laying a pulled tail flat.
- Plaiting bands - Used for plaiting, clipping and to encourage a mane to lay on the correct side.
- Tack box/tray - Used to keep all equipment tidy and in one place so that everything is to hand.
- Hoof oil - For appearance and to encourage healthy hoof growth.
- Hoof oil brush - For applying the hoof oil to the hoof wall itself.
- Stable rubber - For wiping over the horse at the end of the grooming session, use it very slightly dampened and it will pick up any mud or scurf that has been left.
- Quarter marker - Used for show preparation, the quarter marker will leave a pattern on the horses hindquarters.
- Sweat scraper - After your horse has been washed use the sweat scraper to remove excess water from the horses coat.
- Polishing mitt - Use this at the very end of your grooming session to finish the coat off and encourage a beautiful sheen to come through.
- Cactus mitt - A cactus mitt has a type of sacking material on one side that is excellent for horses with sensitive skin as it will gently lift up any mud from the surface of the skin.
- Bot knife - To be used in the summer when the Bot eggs need to be removed from the horses coat.
- Cotton wool - For the cleaning of minor cuts and scrapes and can also be used to clean the eyes.
- Mane and tail conditioner - An excellent addition to any grooming kit, especially if your horse has a very thick tail. Mane and tail conditioner helps prevent the mane and tails from getting too tangled and are therefore much easier to comb through.
- Sheath cleaner - For the cleaning of geldings sheath area.
How To Groom A Horse
- First of all, put on your horses head collar, and using a quick release knot, tie him up to a piece of string through a tie ring,
- Have your grooming box, close at hand, with all the necessary equipment.
- Using your hoof pick, pick out the horses feet, one at a time. You do this by gently running your hand down the back of the foreleg, and applying pressure as you go, until your hand curves around the fetlock joint.
When the horse picks up their foot, move your hand down to hold around the hoof wall. Use your hoof pick in a downward direction, going either side of the frog, to remove dirt and stones.
- With your hoof brush, brush the sole of the foot, and the cleft of frog. With the foot clear you can now check for bruising and puncture wounds as well as the shoe itself for wear and tear.
Place the foot back onto the ground and move onto the next one. Use you hoof brush to brush the hoof wall and clear it of any mud.