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    03-11-2011, 11:42 PM
  #11
Weanling
Slick and easy grooming stones are fantastic for mud. I've actually had people tell me they are more effective than metal curries. They're kind of like this black sort of stone, and my horse loves the way they feel.

I got a metal curry for Christmas... I use it to clean my brushes... Lol
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    05-19-2011, 09:23 PM
  #12
Banned
Metal curries to me are used to clean other brushes. I would use a rubber curry because personally they work better or a REALLY stiff brush. I never use curries as I run circles and the dirt ends right back on the horse cause you do circles. Therefore, I use a special stiff brush that gets rid of mud and is good for the legs cause I don't have to change brushes. My horse lives outside also and their is no grass and here is rains for weeks at a time.
     
    05-19-2011, 09:37 PM
  #13
Started
I use a metal curry in the winter and a rubber one in the summer.
     
    05-20-2011, 07:12 PM
  #14
Started
I use one for my horses mud too! It does not take the hair out at all. When they start shedding it sheds them but it definitely does not take the hair out. Relan and Relana LOVE mud. So I need something to get it off! ;)
     
    05-20-2011, 11:51 PM
  #15
Foal
I use metal when they are really muddy or in winter when she is really furry. Otherwise I use a rubber one, with larger knobby fingers. My horse really enjoys the massage she gets with that one.
     
    02-08-2012, 09:37 AM
  #16
Foal
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Originally Posted by usandpets    
If you're wondering if you're combing to hard, try combing your arm. I've done the inside of my arm where it's more sensitive. That'll give you an idea how it feels to the horse.
I think it would make more sense to try it on your own head of hair. The inside of your arm is likely a lot more sensitive than a hair covered body part. If you are pressing too hard, you horse is likely to let you know, too.
     
    02-08-2012, 09:43 AM
  #17
Showing
I only use metal curries to clean brushes. I don't use metal anything on mine, I grew up with my mom preaching at me that metal curries/shedding blades/sweat scrapers dull and break the hair.

I love slick & easy blocks (but buy large blocks in bulk at food supply stores - get 10 out of one big grill block for a couple bucks instead of $5 a piece) At that price, I don't care if they get nasty & full of dirt, I just take the rasp to the edges and file off until new and toss them when they get too small.

I'm also a big fan of the Shop-Vac. By far my favorite grooming tool :) I got a groomer's rubber curry attachment for it at a garage sale, my gang loves it. Before the attachment I'd use a rubber curry and just brush towards the vacuum hose.
     
    02-08-2012, 09:51 AM
  #18
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by UnRider    
I think it would make more sense to try it on your own head of hair. The inside of your arm is likely a lot more sensitive than a hair covered body part. If you are pressing too hard, you horse is likely to let you know, too.

I agree with your last bit, but I seriously doubt a horse's skin is as sensitive as our own.

Sensitive enough to feel a fly and bat it with a tail, yes, but grooming you know the difference by using it too softly and irritating them, or using it too hard and causing them discomfort.

My mare adores being metal currycombed, I had a stiff rubber one however she wasn't so keen on it. I use it to lift any dirt, dust and old hairs, and then to clean my brushes as I go along.
     
    02-11-2012, 05:36 PM
  #19
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I agree that the metal curry is for cleaning other brushes and should not be used on the horse. However it is god for getting mud off on the less sensitive areas!

The best thing for removing mud, better than the slick and easy blocks and last a lot longer and are perfectly safe on the horse, is the stainless steel pot scourers!

If you get the ball type ones and carefully unravel three of them then plait them together and use them, the horses do not mind them even on their ticklish spots.
     
    02-12-2012, 05:41 PM
  #20
Foal
I use a metal curry on my horse and it works really well if you use it gently, gets a better shine than a rubber one.
     

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