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vivache 08-18-2010 07:21 PM

Best Grooming Kits?
I am starting to begin thinking about maybe buying a horse. It's about time for me-- I need something I can show. However, I don't have a job yet, and I am not THINKING of buying a horse until I have AT LEAST $6k in the bank for a good quality horse and tack, plus a vet/farrier fund.

So I'm starting to begin building my supplies, so that I can have the basics before I buy a horse, and things I can use on lesson horses in the meantime.

So the first thing I want is a good set of brushes.

Do you prefer to buy brushes separately, or in a kit? Do you have any favourite brands?

I have the taste of a 12 year old, so anything brightly colored is a plus. :P

Carleen 08-18-2010 07:51 PM

With brushes, I really don't care about brand. I buy whatever is cheaper at the time, I've never found any brushes to fall apart on me or anything like that.

I have never seen brushes sold in a kit, so I've always bought them separately. I don't see any downsides to buy a kit though.

AngelWithoutWings54 08-18-2010 07:51 PM

I get all my grooming stuff at Dover Saddlery. I buy them seperately, and they have awesome colors. :D

vivache 08-18-2010 07:55 PM

I like Dover, they're just a little more expensive than most places I've seen. :P

I'm not a huge fan of Oster brushes.. particularly their curries.

There's a bunch of cheapie brush kits, but I dunno if I'd like cheapie plastic brushes..

VelvetsAB 08-18-2010 08:07 PM

Everything with your horse is an investment, so think of the brushes that way too. A better quality brush will last longer then a cheapie one. I bought all moderately priced brushes since that is what I could afford....but then again, I am a "cheap" horse owner and still just take lessons on "my" horse. HAHA!

Delfina 08-18-2010 08:12 PM

I buy brushes separately and I won't order them online as I need to feel them. I have a beyond thin-skinned QH and 99% of brushes are not up to her picky standards.

This is her absolute favorite, instead of just putting up with me brushing her, she actually enjoys it.

Large Round Goat Hair Face Brush | Tail Tamer

qharabluver 08-18-2010 08:30 PM

I really like Oster though i like the Curry with the fine teeth nicer. I like the way they sit in your hand and i love the horse hair soft brush and so do my horse another reason is that there all coordinated but thats just me i like everything matching.
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vivache 08-18-2010 08:37 PM

I prefer the 'traditional' rubber curries. They're just easier for me to handle. I use the spiral metal ones as shedding blades, though. They're amazing, and you don't have to press hard.

I like the brushes on Tail Tamers. I am making wishlists on various sites to see which is the most cost effective.

TheRoughrider21 08-18-2010 11:07 PM

I would reccommend getting a Jelly Scrubber. My horse loves it so much he'll rub his head up and down to itch on it and that's how I taught him not to rub on me. Plus, they come in a bunch of fun colors. =)

A knack for horses 08-18-2010 11:20 PM

I bought an Oster grooming kit on sale for $30 dollars. And I LOVE it!!! It comes with a hoof pick, mane & tail comb, mane & tail brush, Stiff body brush, a soft body brush, a curry, and a carrying case. I absolutely love the feel of the soft brush on the horse. It's like butter.

The only thing I hate about it is the curry. I prefer the black rubber oval ones with some bend to them. The one in the oster kit is hard and plastic like, and I think it would hurt the horse.

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