Using a towel or cactus cloth for "finish" - someone enlighten me?

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    05-22-2011, 06:16 AM
Using a towel or cactus cloth for "finish" - someone enlighten me?

I have read about "toweling" or using a cactus cloth as last step in grooming. I had a few questions.

Do you just take any old towel and use short strokes to bring out the last shine after currying, hard brush and soft brush? And is cactus cloth better?

Also, when currying do you circle in all and any directions or just one? I have an Appy and due to his greyish coat color his shine isn't as obvious as a bay or black, but thanks to better nutrition and Cocosoya oil, I am starting to see a huge difference. He is really getting shiny after only 2 weeks! This is by far the best summer coat he has ever had. He looks so healthy!

The curry I use is the Oster rubber with the pointy tips - the one that gets down and deep but is soft. Have been using this one as he has been dusty and dirty from all the rain we had.

Just looking for some pro tips as we are doing some shows this summer and want him looking his best!
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    05-22-2011, 06:36 AM
What I was told to do (and this is 30 years ago!) was to get a thin towel, soak it in warm water, wring it out well, and wipe the horse all over from his ears to his tail in the direction of the hair, to take off any loose hair and dust, and to get the coat lying the right way.
    05-22-2011, 07:46 AM
I just use a well worn hand towel, nothing fancy nor new & fuzzy likely to leave lint lol! I use a damp towel and mist it with show sheen before I run it over my horse, seems to help the dirt stick to it. I also have a 2nd towel that I spray static guard on & run over manes & tails, really helps with flyaways.
    05-22-2011, 09:01 AM
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The curry I would do in a circular motion, but would follow the direction of the hair for all other brushes.

For toweling, we always just used house towels that got old and didn't look as nice anymore. I use it damp (wet leaves streaky marks) and go the direction of the hair, going in as long of strokes as I can, then overlapping slightly to catch any misses or hair/dirt that got to the side.
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