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Marisa 08-22-2011 12:14 AM

Grooming job! Help please!
I recently had a job working on a 30stall horse farm cleaning and helping around.
I am soon to start a job grooming and exercising horses. Where i worked, i always started grooming by using the curry comb (Thats how i was taught) And then finished with brush.
I read online that you should never use the curry comb on the horse and its strictly used to clean the other brush.
Is that true?:?
And any other ideas to help me out with the new job?
Thank you!

ChristophersCanter 08-22-2011 12:24 AM

whoa.. ive heard of that before, but I too use the curry comb first... and finish with a brush. I'm excited to hear other peoples routines?
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Marisa 08-22-2011 12:27 AM

Same. Get up all the clumped up dirt with the curry comb and finish.
Not sure why you wouldnt use it!

DraftyAiresMum 08-22-2011 12:29 AM

I have always curried first. That's the way I was taught.

Here's what I do:
1. Pick hooves
2. Curry head to tail
3. Stiff bristle brush to remove loose hair and any dirt/dust (Aires loves to roll)
4. Softer bristle/finishing brush to smooth out hair
5. Brush mane and tail

All told, it takes me about 10 minutes from start to finish to groom Aires, sometimes less if he hasn't rolled.

Just as an aside...there was this girl that took 30-45 minutes to groom her horse before she tacked up and then another 20-25 minutes to tack up. Drove us all up the wall and her horse was horrible by the end of it (got bored).

Ebony2Rose 08-22-2011 05:43 AM

Pehaps they ment a metal curry comb? I too have never heard of this :?

IndiesaurusRex 08-22-2011 06:23 AM


Originally Posted by Ebony2Rose (Post 1145280)
Pehaps they ment a metal curry comb? I too have never heard of this :?

This. I was taught never to brush a horse with a metal curry comb because it is too harsh on the skin. Rubber/plastic are fine though :-)

Sophie19 08-22-2011 07:42 AM

I always use a rubber curry comb first. It brings all the loose hair and dirt to the surface to be brushed away.

usandpets 08-22-2011 08:17 AM

We use a metal shedding blad or a metal curry comb on our horses. They don't seem to mind at all. When I've used rubber ones, the hair seems to get full of static and the loose hair and dirt sticks more to the horse or all over me.

During their shedding times we use this:

Wow Drafty, only 10 minutes to do all that? We spend at least a half hour on each horse when grooming. We are also checking them over for injuries at the same time though. Again they don't mind because they have hay to munch on or we've given them their feed (beet pulp and sweet feed).

mysticalhorse 08-22-2011 08:17 AM

I use a metal curry in the spring to help get the winter coat out but otherwise use my rubber one all summer. My horses love their curry massage, lol! They lean into it when I get the right spot....its funny!
Same as everyone else above & a curry helps their coat by stimulating the blood flow.
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MHFoundation Quarters 08-22-2011 09:05 AM

I would assume they were discussing metal curry combs. I don't use anything metal on mine (curry, combs or sweat scrapers) it breaks & dulls the hair. I use a rubber curry, slick & easy block & a vaccuum at shedding time instead of a metal curry.

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