Wednesday, 22 August 2012

What's In Your Grooming Kit?

I thought it might be interesting to show you what is in my grooming kit. As there are lots of horse bloggers from all over the world I thought it would be great to also see what items are in all your grooming kits too as I guess that things will vary depending on where you're from.

When I imagined writing this post I was just going to show my most used items, however, when I came to emptying out my grooming kit I found I quite a bit in there. There are some things I use nearly every day and others I rarely use. The brush with a sponge in the middle is and example of one I never use... it seemed a good idea at the time! Here is what was inside...


Here are the grooming items I use on a day to day basis, nothing exciting, just the usual things! There is a body brush, dandy brush, mane comb, hair brush and what I call the "flicker brush". I use the flicker brush just to finish off when I have groomed and it helps to get all the last bits of dust out and make him really shiny. Another things that helps to get ride of dust are baby wipes, I currently don't have any but they work really well to make them shiny. I use the hair brush on his tail, his old hairbrush recently broke so this is just one I found lying around that I have been using for the time being.


When I bath Trooper I just use cheap shampoo from the supermarket on his body. He has Head & Shoulders anti-dandruff shampoo for his mane and tail though (this one is for itchy scalp care) as he has a bit of sweet itch. I like to use Canter Mane & Tail conditioner on his tail after he has had a bath as this helps to get all of the knots out and makes it much easier to brush. I don't use this on his mane though as it can make the reins slippery. Recently we have also been using Prize by Equisoothe on the top of his tail every day. This has also been helping with his sweet itch as it is helping to prevent dandruff and stopping the tail being as itchy. The type of fly spray he has varies as I have yet to find one that really works but this is the one we are currently using.



A few other things that I thought I would mention... I also had some scissors, hoof picks, pulling comb, metal curry comb, a weight tape and some Vaseline. He sometimes gets peeling skin around his mouth so I put the Vaseline on and it helps to get rid of it. On the second picture down is the Lincoln grooming block we have. This is like pumice stone and is great for getting out moulting hairs, especially when he is losing his winter coat.




I would love it if you would like to do this post too so I can see what is in your grooming kit, let me know if you do! I would also like to tag Ruffles to do the post from Just A Girl And Her Horse and also Shyloh from Adventures With Shyloh!

Love Laura
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7 comments:

~Allison said...

Thanks for the tag! I''ll do a post on this as soon as I get to the barn and take my grooming supplies photos!

Leeshy-Lou said...

Oooo sweet itch remedies! I fight the itch wars every season. Some of the mares get it SO bad that they lose all the hair off their faces.
How do you find 'prize'? I've never used that before....Worth the money?

Laura said...

The website is; http://www.equisoothe.co.uk/ it's just a small company. It is quite expensive as it's £14.50 a bottle but with a few squirts a day the bottle is lasting a few months. From what I gather the product is a sweet itch product but due to licensing costs for a health product it is marketed as a grooming product!I won a bottle on hay-net blogging website but this is my second bottle now and you can see where the hair is growing out that he had rubbed off by this time last year. He is still rubbing it a bit though so it isn't a miracle product but it's better than anything else we have tried!

Ruffles said...

Great idea! I will do my grooming kit soon and get that post up. Thanks for tagging me :)

~Allison said...

My post is up now! :)

tullavilla said...

Great post, will have to do a similar one in the next few days :)

Cecilia Lindahl said...

Great tips!

A friend of mine has wrote this thread about first aid kit - all you need.
http://horses.bazoom.com/uk/forum/general-discussion/2331-first-aid-kit---this-is-what-you-ne___

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