A good collection of grooming tools is key to keeping your horse clean as you forge a bond with him. But what basic supplies do you need in your grooming box? Or bag? Or bucket?
All good grooming kits have the following:
- Thermometer. Digital ones are good, they are fast, safe, and easy. Checking your horse’s temperature daily will alert you to a fever long before he “tells” you.
- HandsOn Gloves. The HandsOn Glove keeps your own nails and hands clean, and it won’t fall off your hand.
- Hoof pick with brush. Have one on the stall door, too, and pick before you take your horse out to minimize the shavings and manure that gets brought into the barn aisle. I also have one in the grooming box for the post ride clean out.
- Harder, natural bristle brush. For flicking off the loosened dirt and hair the HandsOn Gloves bring to the surface.
- Soft brush, also natural material. This is great for buffing and creating a shine after the hard brush. Use in longer strokes to bring the oils to the surface of the coat.
- Some sort of vitamin A & D ointment for the corners of the mouth, before the bit goes in. Also, good for minor scrapes and cuts.
- Hoof dressing, if you like that sort of stuff.
- Scissors. Because you always need a pair when you don’t have one.
- Super dense and super hard nylon bristled brush. I use this for muck on hooves, and for cleaning the saddle pads, boots, and blankets before the laundry. These super stiff brushes are also good to remove dust and shavings from the bottom of your pants!