Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Buffalo, New York
• Horses: 0
I like the soft black rubber curry combs to start (the ones with a rubber hand strap too, not the nylon hand strap, the rubber on those seems too hard to me.)
Then I use a stiff brush- one with dense, soft plastic, crimped bristles.
Medium stiffness brush- I use one with dense horse hair bristles.
Soft brush- Soft, short, dense bristles. Mine is a cheapy synthetic one, I'd like to get a goat hair one for the body like I have a mini one for the face but they're pricey.
I'd like to get a sheepskin mitt for polishing...but that's just because I'm obsessed with soft things lol A soft towel will do for the final step.
I believe that the majority of getting good grooming results is what you do, not what you do it with, however great tools that you're comfortable with can only help.
I suggest you:
-Curry until you can't curry anymore! Use firm pressure.
-Use your stiff brush as your work horse, use it in short sweeps with a flick at the end. When you stop seeing large flakes of skin and huge clouds of dirt coming off your horse it's time to switch to the medium brush.
-Use the medium brush in the same flicking motion as the stiff brush, switch to the soft brush when you can only see a light dusting of dirt on your horse's coat...almost like its hovering above your horse.
-Use long smooth strokes with the soft brush, same with the towel.
-Clean your brushes often throughout the grooming process! It will help you achieve a sparkling horse more easily. You can use a metal curry comb on the bristled brushes, but I prefer to just use my opposite hand. Turn away from the horse, hold the brush with the bristles facing up or sideways and take the side of your other palm, place it on the bristles farthest away from you and pull towards your body until you no longer see large amounts of dirty flying off. For the curry comb you can just bang it once or twice flat on the ground or a stall wall.