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        01-03-2011, 04:48 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Favorite products and websites/catalogs to use....share with a newbie!

    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!

    -CA
         
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        01-03-2011, 05:07 PM
      #2
    Started
    I like...some of Shapley's products like mtg and their shiny spray,show sheen,cowboy magic. As for companies I have used www.horseloverz.com for grooming items. They have great sales sometimes and you can pick up tons of stuff for really cheap.
         
        01-03-2011, 05:10 PM
      #3
    Showing
    I have to put this out there, my uncle has an Electro-Groom vaccuum for his arabian show horses and I LOVE it. No grooming needed other than vaccuuming, and the horses love it! Retails for around $500, but you can find portable ones with back straps for around $200-300. Might be soemthing to consider if you're really into the grooming thing, it circulates blood as well and the horses really enjoy the feel of it.

    Products....

    If you show or prepare horses for shows, before your class put some baby oil around the eyes and nose for that shiny look.

    Shapley's M-T-G works wonders for growing out short/thin manes and tails.

    Mane n Tail products are great, the shampoo, conditioner, and detangler.

    Cowboy Magic, great detanger and shine producer.

    The Oster mane brush is great, so much easier to comb out manes and tails.

    A braiding kit might be worth putting together with a braiding comb, some clips, rubber bands, thread and needles, a spray bottle with water, a spray bottle with detangler, etc.

    Clippers....for muzzle, fetlock, and ears. A good one is a lifetime investment

    I have this shed flower (google "grooming shed flower" and a million come up, around $5) that's great for shedding and loosening stiff dirt.

    Jelly scrubbers, for loosening up dirt

    Sheath cleaner, if you work with geldings and ever have to endeaver this chore, I use Excaliber

    Catelogs

    I get Schneider's, Dover Saddlery, Big Dee's and a few more once a month or so. As for non-product magazines, I like Equus, Perfect Horse, the QH catelog, and Young Rider also has some helpful tips but is marketed to younger kids.
         
        01-03-2011, 05:18 PM
      #4
    Started
    [QUOTE=equiniphile;874738]

    The Oster mane brush is great, so much easier to comb out manes and tails.

    I have this shed flower (google "grooming shed flower" and a million come up, around $5) that's great for shedding and loosening stiff dirt
    [QUOTE=equiniphile;874738]

    Oh yes! This stuff too! I have several Oster mane combs that I love...the tail brushes are great too,but the plastic bristle things fall out way too fast.
    And those shed flowers are awesome too
         
        01-03-2011, 05:41 PM
      #5
    Green Broke
    I can not preach it enough; the jelly scrubber!

    It is great for anything. Shedding, caked on dirt, loose dirt, bathing, massages...the list goes on and on.

    I love it.
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        01-03-2011, 05:42 PM
      #6
    Foal
    Ohhh..I forgot to list the other stuff in my growing kit. =-) Sorry about that.

    I have:

    Tail Tamer Soft Touch dandy brush
    Jelly curry
    Comb - not sure what brand...but it's thick and sturdy
    Roma brush


    I have all the little rubber bands and clips and such. Need to invest in a needle to practice plaiting.

    I love all the suggestions. Please keep them coming. I've heard many people recommend MTG so I might have to get some.
         
        01-04-2011, 03:19 PM
      #7
    Foal
    Okay so grooming is a hobby of mine too. I am currently writing a book about it so I have some suggestions.

    1. Smart pack has Hill's grooming brushes. These are the best brushes I have EVER used when I was trying out stuff for my book! So I would recommend getting the medium bristled body brush and the goat hair soft brush.

    2. Get the ultimate hoof pick. Enough said. Worth the money.

    3. Invest in an Oster mane and tail brush. It is wonderful for tangles.

    4. A soft face curry is a must.

    5. When bathing use diluted shampoo. It is easier on them and the water helps get the shampoo to the skin.

    6. Head and shoulders shampoo is great for dandruff.

    7. YouTube can be your best friend when looking for tips.

    8. And last but not least all the grooming products in the world can't replace good old elbow grease.
         

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