Grooming Kit... without proper grooming supplies...
OK... so... since the stable I go to tends to have "proper" grooming kits for only the expensive racehorses, and not for the "normal" riding horses, I was wondering if you guys knew of some GOOD and semi-cheap substitutes for grooming gear.
There is no tack shop anywhere near where I am, and I have no idea where there is one... if there is one... in the whole of Serbia. Most people have things shipped from Germany, France, Austria, or even Greece. So I can't exactly step into a tack shop, and pick up a small 10 dollar bag of basic grooming gear.
Any tips for things you can find around in everyday stores or a normal pet store?
Here are some things we already use:
Scrub brushes (the kind you use on dirty floors, hard bristles) as a hard bristle brush/dandy brush, and they work wonders
Shoe-polishing brushes (being really soft) as brushes for finishing touches and for the face
Brushes and combs (like the ones for people) for the mane and tail... they work kind of well... if the horse has it's mane and tail brushed every hour or two
Normal fly spray for people tends to work OK as fly spray for horses
I've seen some people use bent screwdrivers as hoofpicks... but I'd prefer to use something else (my daddy wouldn't be too happy if I bent up his screwdrivers :P)