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PrincessBarbie 04-29-2013 10:00 PM

What grooming supplies should I get
I would like to know what is the best kind of shampoo to get my horse?How many different kind of brushes do I need?Please let me know because she needs to be bathed.Thanks :D

aforred 04-29-2013 10:41 PM

Welcome to the forum!

For everyday grooming, here are the basics:
hoof pick
rubber curry
stiff bristle brush
soft bristle brush
jelly scrubber or massage brush (for removing mud and bath time)

As far as shampoo goes, there are many options. I like the Cowboy Magic rosewater one.

PrincessBarbie 04-29-2013 11:07 PM

Thank you so much I will get those for her in the morning

ziptothestar 05-01-2013 04:56 PM

Affored gave you a great list of basics. Keep plenty of high quality fly spray around for daily use. Other essentials I keep in my grooming tote are Swat to put on cuts/scrapes, Mineral Oil for hooves and as far as shampoo goes I like the tried and true Mane & Tail. You don't need to bathe them that often though... a good curry does wonders :)

verona1016 05-01-2013 08:14 PM

I'd also add a good detangler (I love Canter Mane & Tail) and a hairbrush to the list. I just use a human cushion hairbrush with plastic spines like it's a little easier on the hair than a solid brush/metal spines.

I like EZ All for full-body washing, but I usually only do a full wash before a show. For spot cleaning, I just use whatever horse shampoo is handy.

Oh, if you're bathing you'll also want a sweat scraper to get all the excess water off.

KatieQ 05-01-2013 08:45 PM

My favorite grooming tool is a rubber grooming mitt. It fits on your hand like a mitt and has a coarse and a fine side (with different sized nubs) The coarse side you use in a circular motion all over the horses body and it pulls out all the dead hair and dirt, etc. and then you just brush it all off. The fine side works well on the face, legs, and sensitive areas and it really cleans them up. I have used it for about two weeks and my horse's coats are gleaming now, even though they still have a bit of shedding to do. It also works well for applying fly spray or skin medication on horses who do not like spray bottles, or areas you don't want to spray like the face.

Saddlebag 05-01-2013 08:51 PM

Start saving bacon grease. It is marvellous for healing bug bites around the base of the ears, around the sheath or teats. If you can't then use petroleum jelly - the bugs don't like it. Slather it or the grease way up between the hind legs as that is one area the bugs like to dine. Either product last about 3 days, better than spray.

PrincessBarbie 05-01-2013 09:01 PM

Thank you so much I got clippers,halter,and a rubber grooming mitt that has a coarse and fine side.Barbie has a lot more shedding to do yet.I have been feeding her rice bran I will upload pictures to prove this her belly is huge and its making her body pretty.I love rice bran a lot

Hoof Prints on my Heart 05-01-2013 11:36 PM

Horse Grooming
Hi PrincessBarbie,

Here are some grooming tips and a list of grooming supplies.

You should have a couple buckets on had, a hose, some sponges and a curry comb. Use a sweat scraper to help your horse dry faster and you will also want to have a mane and tail comb handy. It is also a good idea to have a clean, dry halter and lead rope on hand for after the bath when your horse is dry and clean.

You will need a good horse shampoo and conditioner. A gentle moisturizing horse shampoo will lift away dirt easily. Shampoo & Conditioner deep cleans and revitalizes hair in one step. Color Enhancing Shampoo intensifies natural colors within the coat while leaving it soft, smooth and shiny. Whitening Shampoo should be used if you horse is light colored or has white markings or socks. No Rinse Shampoo and Spot Removers will be handy if your horse gets dirty before the show. Use a Sheath & Udder Cleaner for those sensitive underneath areas so that every inch of your hose is dirt free. Conditioner especially designed for horses will moisturize your horse’s coat while leaving it smooth to the touch. Detangler strengthens and moisturizes manes and tails to help keep hair healthy and tangle-free.

After your horse is clean, it is time to clip. Start on the muzzle and use clippers to remove the large whiskers and then use a horse razor to get every last whisker. Be sure to clip under the chin and jaw as well. Clip the whiskers above the horse’s eye, but be sure not to trim the eyelashes. Trim the horse’s ears so that they look smooth and pointed. Remove ear hair that sticks out and looks unsightly, but the inner ear hair should be left to help deter bugs. The bridle path should be trimmed from the poll towards the withers about 4 – 6 inches long. You will need to trim around the horse’s coronet band so that when you apply hoof polish, there is no hair in the way. Also clip the long hairs on the fetlock. Some horses grow long hair on the back of their cannon bone that should be trimmed as well. If you want your horse’s hair to be very short, cut against the natural direction of the hair. If you want the horse’s hair to blend in nicely with the surrounding hair, cut with the direction of the hair.

Finally, it is time to perfect your horse’s mane and tail. If you have a pleasure-type hose, such as an Arab or Morgan, you will want to leave the mane long and natural. If you have a stock-type horse, like a Quarter Horse or Thoroughbred, the mane should be about 4 inches long and banded for the show ring. Banding can be time consuming. Using a light coat of Quic Braid will help you get the perfect grip for your fingers, neater braids and less stray hairs. Getting your horses tail ready is easier. Just brush it out, braid it from the bottom of the tail dock down and stuff it into a tail bag.

Grooming Supplies:
Body brush
Dandy brush
Hoof pick
Cleaning cloths
Braiding/banding rubber bands
Mane & tail brush
Fly spray
Yarn, ribbon, comb, hook and scissors for braiding
Sweat scraper
Curry comb
Coat polish
Spot remover and/or whitening products
Hoof dressing/polish
Grooming tote
Leather cleaner
Water in a spray bottle
Leg wraps
Rubber mits
Tail wrap
Step stool

Hope this helps! :-)

PrincessBarbie 05-02-2013 09:11 AM

Thank you so much for the help.It looks like it's going to rain in my area so I cannot wash her today.I can clip her just on her ears and remove excess dirt.She has long hair on her ears and under her chin.I will clip her some today.I have a hose handy.She was moody yesterday but not real moody.She is gentle she just needs more work.

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