My Favorite Grooming Aid Is…

You tell us which tool, trick, or technique is a godsend when you’re grooming your horse.
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You tell us which tool, trick, or technique is a godsend when you’re grooming your horse.

Rubber curry. Not only is it super-handy during shedding season, it also gives my horse a nice massage when used all year around.

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Hannah Timonen, Michigan

Cordless clippers.They’re a great time-saver, and I never have to worry about a horse’s grabbing a power cord and biting down on it. Also, I can clip in any location—even out in the pasture, which I once had to do to remove the hair around a leg wound.

Erin Marcson, Texas

Electric leaf blower. With arthritis taking its toll, I found that brushing out my 16.2-hand gelding after currying was a problem. In desperation I turned the blower on him. Not only does he end up squeaky clean, he loves it because it’s like a super massage!

Ann Ryerson, New Mexico

Groundwork. When my horse is muddy, I put him through 10 minutes of walk/trot work in hand. By the end, the mud is dry and easy to remove. My brushes and tack no longer suffer, plus my horse is warmed up and ready to go!

Emily Piccini, Washington

Slick N Easy grooming block. Great for getting dirt and dead hair off my horses’ coats.

Bayley Sours, Illinois

Shedding blade. I can’t live without it in springtime, to remove winter coats. Gently wielded, it’s also great for “squeegeeing” excess water off after a bath.

Sherry Jefferies, Nevada

Regularity. Someone once told me how much and how consistently halter horses are groomed. Since then, I give my mare a vigorous grooming every day, and her silky coat just glistens.

Elena “Cookie” Curtis, California

Old-fashioned fishing gloves. They’re great for legs. Tiny chunks of rubber in the palm and finger areas clean mud off beautifully, plus the gloves are flexible, moving easily over joints.

Sue Cambridge, British Columbia, Canada

Clippers. I save time in the spring by clipping the hair off! My horse looks really nice and I don’t have to “wear” his hair all through his shedding period.

Megan D’Andrea, Ohio

Curry comb. I own an Icelandic, and this tool quickly gets all the dirt and hay from deep within his coat.

Veronica Podunovich, Alaska

Plastic mesh scourer. (Yes, the kind you use in the kitchen.) They’re the greatest for hard-to-reach spots, whisking off dried mud and cleaning “deep down.” Love them.

Anita Diamond, Kentucky