Thanks for your answers, guys
Wow, I do things weird or something, I guess
I always do their hooves first. I like to get what I think is the hardest part of grooming out of the way as quick as possible. Plus I'm not the best at remembering things sometimes - I freak myself out imagining what could happen if I forgot to pick his hooves.
I've been riding this one paint gelding alot lately - he's white &black, so at this point I scrub all of the stains of god-knows-what out of him that he so convieniently acquired that night, sleeping on poo or something
Then I use a rubber curry comb.
Next a soft brush.
And then a stiff brush.
And if there's shavings in his mane &tail, it usually bugs me for a bit before I pick as much as I can out. Otherwise I just leave them alone as long as they're not severely tangled or something.