I'm fairly new to the horse world and one of the things that I have found I am very good at is grooming (due to my OCD!). The stable that I train/volunteer at has 30-some horses and I've taken it upon myself to help look after their general well-being and make sure that they are getting groomed on a constant basis. Some of the horses have owners that visit all the time to get that care...but some don't so I pick up the slack.
Right now, I do the normal things...pick out their hooves to look for thrush and treat when I do find it, curry and brush their coats...brush and comb out their manes and tails...'wash' their faces, get out eye goobers, clean out their noses...massage their faces and head a little bit...braid and put up their tails once a month.
Being new to the horse world, I've noticed that there is a huge world of products out there to be used but I was hoping for a little help from the community and vast experience represented here to get some solid recommendations on basic supplies needed to do basic grooming care. Also, if there are any companies that you use on a regular basis for supplies, please share! (Love my Smartpak catalog!) Finally...if there are other things I can do to help the horses, please fill me in. I've often wondered about the hoof conditioners and such but don't know much about them.
This is what I currently use in my kit:
Mane and Tail Conditioner - (Love it for putting on tails I'm about to braid and put up)
Cowboy Magic Detangler and Shine - For those hard to detangle spots
Cowboy Magic Green Spot Remover - For general touch up between baths and to clean faces gently.
Thrush Buster - Self explanatory
Bag Balm - for a whole host of things!
So, share your favorite 'can't live without it' products. Don't worry if someone else mentions the same thing. If it's mentioned enough, I'll know that it's probably a pretty good idea to pick some up! =-)
Oh...one specific thing...I need something that is good for mane and tail dandruff/dried skin/yucky flaky stuff. Some of the morgans have this stuff at the base of their manes and on their docks. On their docks, they have managed to rub off and break hair. I've been told to use listerine to treat the areas but I worry about the drying effects.
Thanks in advance for your recommendations!