Getting rid of dust.

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    05-08-2014, 06:19 AM
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Getting rid of dust.

I am always reading how people are unable to get rid of dust in the horse's coat.

Think about it! What lays dust?

Simple answer - water.

When grooming a horse as opposed to bushing it, you should go all over with a rubber curry to raise the grease and dust, you can flick the worse off with the dandy brush but the hard work comes with the body brush.

Starting at the neck, standing facing the horse's quarters, brush in the hand nearest the horse, left hand on the left, right on the right, and a metal curry in the right, start to brush using your weight to push into the horse.

Before you start dip your fingers into his water, sprinkle a few drops onto the body brush and rub them all over the brush which should be damp not wet, and start brushing, four strokes to each area using a circular movement. Clean the brush on the curry regularly and keep dampening the brush. Every now and then knock the grease out of the curry.

Once you have been all over the horse get a stable rubber, an old piece of towel or thickish cloth, make this into a wad and slightly dampen this. Go all over the horse with the cloth again working in circles but finishing with the hair.

This will give the horse a good shine, lay the dust and give you a good workout!

A horse with regular grooming will not need show sheen or bathing.
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    05-08-2014, 10:23 AM
Most of us don't use the metal curry, but a rubber one. I was taught how our race tracks did it at the time. Total curry in a circular motion (good massage). Then use a medium brush and use it in a way to flick the dirt off. This was followed by the body brush and finally wipe with a damp white cloth. There should be little dirt on the cloth.
    05-08-2014, 11:11 AM
Green Broke
I usually use a "super grooma" rubber curry, but I do the circular motion and really get the hair up. Then I "flick" with my soft cactus brush. If you just brush it doesn't get the dust out, you have to actually "flick" it. It takes a while to learn how to "flick" the brush with your wrist. If you don't see the dust actually coming up, you aren't "flicking." It's sort of an outward motion more than an along the body motion....

Of course there is a guy at our stable who is just plain lazy and vacuums his horse ha ha
    05-08-2014, 11:26 AM
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The whole point of the metal curry is to clean the brush of the grease and dirt. If you are going over a horse correctly and emptying the metal curry on the grounded outside the stables you should have at least eight piles of grease.

I cannot see the point on using the body brush if the grease is not scraped off it as you go.
    05-08-2014, 12:01 PM
Green Broke
I've never really had a problem with grease build up. Here in the states using a metal curry to clean brushes during grooming isn't really that popular, maybe we don't get "grease?" I don't know. My horse went for a year without a bath and still no grease. Or maybe my natural cactus just absorbs it? The only metal curry we see are the spring ones designed for getting mud off of a horse, I've never even seen the ones used in Europe for cleaning brushes except in pictures and have never had any trainer use them or teach me how to use them. I do clean my brushes in the fizzy drop in the bucket stuff about once a month and people say I'm a clean freak. Most people at my stable have really gooky looking brushes and mine usually look brand new except for the natural fibers getting lighter with age.
    05-08-2014, 05:26 PM
Green Broke
Old sheeting made into rubrags, is best I think.
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    05-08-2014, 06:47 PM
Green Broke
I do agree, a good rinsing cuts the dust.....I almost never shampoo but rinse them before trailering and after every ride when we get home if the weather is above 60 or so...

Mine don't seem to have an issue with grease....for the record, I use a metal curry....then a dandy.....then blow with a battery powered leaf blower, and finish with a soft brush....

The leaf blower really comes in handy before saddling up as the forest service roads are quite dusty and blowing before saddling up seems to cut the crud that gets on the pad as well as Miss Lacy's coat....Miss Lacy and Jack really love the thing and will stand like a statue when getting blown...Sonny Boy...well, he's learned to tolerate it but I don't think he enjoys it near as much as Lacy and Jack do...
    05-08-2014, 10:46 PM
Originally Posted by Foxhunter    
The whole point of the metal curry is to clean the brush of the grease and dirt.
I've seen people use a metal curry to clean the body brush between strokes, but I've never seen anything that I would describe as even close to piles of grease. (Maybe you're thinking of sebum- the waxy stuff that makes horses' coats somewhat waterproof. I've never noticed it coming off in large amounts when grooming, but it does build up on the girth) I was under the impression that the main purpose of a metal curry was to get hair off the brush (some dirt comes off, too, but I imagine a lot more stays on the brush). Like Cinnys Whinny, I use the effervescent brush cleaner occasionally on my brushes to give them a thorough cleaning.
    05-08-2014, 10:52 PM
Yes, what is this grease whereof you speak, Foxhunter? Never heard of it, nor seen it.
    05-09-2014, 11:46 AM
I have seen the grease Foxhunter speaks of, but only when I dampen the body brush (which I do with a spray bottle on mist setting). I'm not sure if it's so much grease as a mixture of damp dirt, dandruff/scurf, and sebum.
Also, I don't have a metal curry, but I find scraping my body brush on a rubber curry does a so so job, but a metal sweat scraper works well. Sometimes I am lazy and scrape it on the wood post the horse is tied to.

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