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post #1 of 9 Old 08-30-2012, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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How to put together a grooming kit ? Like would you use a draw string bag or a little toolbox and what would you put in it ?
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-30-2012, 12:51 PM
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Bristle brush (sometimes from the dollar store.)
Plastic curry (for winter fur)
Rubber curry (for baths)
Maybe a face brush... meh, maybe LOL.
Coconut oil for monthly hair treatments, and maybe some shampoo and conditioner for the oddball bath that may be needed.
Plastic hoof pick with a brush on the end.

HATE combs because of all the hair that get's pulled out. My "grooming" kit is nice and simple and kept in whatever container I have handy at the moment
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I started with a small bag, then moved to a plastic tote box, and now have a (ahem) collapsible beer cooler. I love my cooler best as it's on wheels, everything fits in it, it has a front pocket, and it's easy to wash out and dry since it's made of the soft insulated plastic stuff. I've had to increase the size of my containers as I kept accumulating more and more...see

Inside it holds a rubber curry, plastic curry, metal curry, two stiff dandy brushes, soft body brush, face brush, two hoof picks, fly spray, mane/tail detangler, horse shampoo, sweat scraper, small dishcloth, hoof polish, and container of treats.
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to be honest i just bought an oyster package grooming kit to start after that i new what brushes i needed and didnt need from that point on.
i keep everything in a bucket lol so i can wash it all out and put it all back in one thing :/
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Plastic totes work well for me. As to what to put in YOUR box, it's up to you. Everybody has their favorites, and everybody has grooming items that don't like. I like small, flexible rubber curries and several Dandy brushes. I also like to use pebbled gloves to groom my horse's faces bc it's a lot like being petted and scratched at the same time, and I can easily spray them with fly spray and get their faces that way. I keep Nitrofuricin, Wonder Dust, and SWAT in my grooming tote, too. I use SWAT (one inch) under their eyes and I started to coat their ears with it, too, during fly season, and I've noticed a big difference in their head/fly irritation bc of it.
Regarding combs, there are lots of products that untangle, including some shampoos. You don't have to give your horse a bath to use them on the manes and tails, and you should finger-comb first, which also encourages your horse to tolerate mane and tail grooming.
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I bought a soft-sided tote for all my grooming stuff. I actually don't like it because the inner lining is black, which makes it hard to see what's inside, especially in the barn. I might cut out all the dividers, which should help. I don't like plastic totes either so I'll have to think of something.

Anyway, in my kit I just have the basics.

Plastic curry
Jelly scrubber
Grooming mitt (which I mainly use on my dog anyway)
Hoof pick with bristled side
Dandy brush - natural bristles
Body brush - natural bristles
Face brush - natural bristles

I think that's it. Lots of tack shops sell complete grooming kits that you can either purchase whole or just get use to get an idea of what you want to buy for your own kit. Basically I just stood in the grooming supplies section and chose one of everything.
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post #7 of 9 Old 09-01-2012, 05:57 PM
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I have one of those hard plastic totes. I love it because it keeps everything organized, you can see everything as its not all thrown in together like in a bag, and its easy to clean because you can just hose it out. Also I can fit all my sprays and stuff in it and they stay upright.
In it I have:
-Soft curry
-Hard curry
-Hard brush
-Medium brush
-Soft brush
-Mane and tail brush
-Hoof pick
-Squeegee (haha thats a funny word :) )
-Pulling comb
-Small sponge
- 2 Liniments (one is spray & one is gel)
-Vetrolin shine
-Wonder dust

And it all fits into my tote!
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post #8 of 9 Old 09-01-2012, 08:36 PM
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How to put together a grooming kit ? Like would you use a draw string bag or a little toolbox and what would you put in it ?
If you have a tack store near you, they'll have several different containers and a lot of grooming supplies for you to choose from. If you have to shop online, you can either order one of the pre-made grooming kits or order your container and everything you want. Here's what I have in my grooming kit (not including anything for showing):

*Soft brush
*Dandy brush
*Sweat scraper
*Hoof pick
*Curry comb
*Mane comb (don't use it a lot as I don't like it)
*Tail brush
*Face brush
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post #9 of 9 Old 09-04-2012, 05:07 PM
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I originally bought this grooming kit: Roma Ultimate Grooming Kit which served me well for several years through several leased horses.

When I finally bought my own horse, I bought some nicer brushes and a tool tote from Home Depot. It's a lot like this one, but much cheaper: Tote Max Grooming Box I like the open design, but it's actually a bit large for what I keep in there.

For everyday use, I have:
- Hard and soft brushes
- Jelly curry
- Hairbrush (for mane & tail)
- Detangler
- Rubber bands for braids
- Hoof pick
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