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post #1 of 21 Old 09-18-2014, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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curry combs?

I never use a curry comb.. usually just the regular brush for the body, soft for the face and pick the feet. Now I read that rubber soft or med curry comb should be first thing to use in the grooming arsenal and done daily. what do others use and then what do you finish with after the curry comb?
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post #2 of 21 Old 09-18-2014, 10:16 PM
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I don't always curry... Maybe every two or three days, depending heavily on whether my mare is shedding... or if she found the perfect dirt to roll around in. When I do curry, I use a rubber one and follow with a pretty stiff brush to knock all the loose dirt off, then my handy soft brush to smooth everything over and get the lingering dust. I only use my curry on fleshy areas, and I won't go near her face or sensitive areas with a hard brush. I'm lucky to have a horse that loves being groomed though, and I think she would like to be curried every day.
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post #3 of 21 Old 09-18-2014, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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a you tube video said to start at neck to tail.. I agree that fleshy parts are a better idea?
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post #4 of 21 Old 09-18-2014, 10:22 PM
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a you tube video said to start at neck to tail.. I agree that fleshy parts are a better idea?
I do go neck to tail... Just my natural grooming process. But I stick to the neck, belly, bum, etc... I don't like to curry legs or to get too rough around the spine. If I had a ribby horse I'd be pretty gentle around that area as well. Horse to horse basis, I guess, especially since some are way more sensitive than others.
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post #5 of 21 Old 09-18-2014, 10:35 PM
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I love my rubber curry, I use it everyday, even if I don't ride and just groom. I am convinced that the currying I do is what keeps my horse so shiny year round. It works up the loose dirt, dead skin and brings the natural oils up. Then I just use a soft brush to brush away all the dirt. I use it gently on his legs too, to work up the dead skin and dirt. I hardly ever wash him, just hose off after a ride and he is shiny.
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I curry more than anything, and I do it a lot - gets the deep dirt out, circulates the natural oils for shine, gets the blood flowing to muscles, good warmup massage prior to a workout. Depending on the day, I spend up to 20 minutes just currying. Quick flick of the body/stiff brush to remove the dirt I curried up, and a once over with the dandy/soft brush for the last bit of dust, if I'm feeling it. I have a super soft small curry for the face as needed, but usually only use the soft brush on the head. Sometimes a final rub down with a cloth for extra shine or a light coat of Healthy Haircare Moisturizer, and a comb through of my short manes (which I'm always pulling little bits here and there for upkeep so it's never one big job. Long manes stay braided.) Hooves get picked out last. After a workout, I rub out sweat marks with a towel and pick hooves out before putting the horses back. I've worked for show barns and just appreciate a horse who looks well tended.
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post #7 of 21 Old 09-24-2014, 01:08 PM
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Personally, I always use my curry comb first most days. I have heard if you use it to much though it can irritate their skin. My Mare gets a lot of caked on mud though, so I reckon caked on mud rubbing on the saddle pad is more irritating to the skin than frequent use of the curry bomb. But thats just me.
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I curry every day, both my horses for up to 20 minutes at a time. My old mare LOVES the curry comb. She leans right into it, stretches her head out and wiggles her lips grinding her teeth in pleasure. Its a great massage and gets all those itches for them. I'm convinced this is part of the reason she looks so good at almost 22. I use a rubber curry and do neck to tail. I also use a wide tooth grip curry. It allows me to really lean in and get a deep massage. Easily my favorite brush in my grooming kit along with my horse hair body brush.

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post #9 of 21 Old 09-24-2014, 01:45 PM
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I use a curry comb every time I groom my mare. It's great for loosening caked on dirt and dried sweat, and my horse love it. Ursula lets the cross ties hold her head up and her lower lip sags halfway to the floor when I curry her. She just completely relaxes and leans into it, especially on her neck.

It is true that you should restrict curry and stiff brush usage to the fleshier areas, especially if you have a sensitive horse. I will occasionally use the curry on my horse's face or lower legs but only very carefully, and gently, and only if there is a specific reason to, such as a bit of mud on her cheek or something.

I use the curry by rubbing in circular motions, and working from the front of the horse to the back. I then follow the curry with three brushes, a stiff-bristled brush, a medium brush, and then a soft, finishing brush.

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post #10 of 21 Old 09-24-2014, 01:52 PM
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You can get a finer toothed softer version of the one I just posted and its great for faces and legs.

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