Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Staright line grooming is for general, all over body grooming, and a Dandy brush is very good for this. You run the brush and flick, a lot like when you hand broom a floor. On the face many people prefer a fine bristle face brush. I also like to "hand-groom" the face with pebble gloves, and my horses love this. When you need to remove dirt you can switch to a rubber or a metal curry. I would avoid using a metal curry on the face or legs, but small rubber currys do a nice job. Some folks prefer a plastic brush with fine bristles, too. Others like those big, round rubber brushes with big, fat "cones" on them, and many swear by them.
After a workout I massage wherever the tack touched the horse. I use a small rubber curry and vigorously brush in circles, then brush smooth in the direction of the hairs. I figure that my horse must feel like we do when we've worn something snug all day. In the summer I dip the brush in water with some Mane and Tail shampoo to clean and cool off the sweaty coat, again where the saddle, breastplate, crupper and bridle make contact.