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.
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
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.
Last edited by equiniphile; 01-03-2011 at 05:12 PM.