Keep your grooming kit clean if you want to keep your pony clean! If you’re meticulous about using the curry to keep the dust and dirt from building up in your brushes, you won’t need to wash them very frequently. To wash your brushes, fill a bucket with lukewarm water and add enough soap to suds (I like to use a product meant to wash your pony, not soap from the house). Leave your brushes soaking until all the grime has come loose then rinse thoroughly and leave to dry bristle-side down. If you have leather or wooden backed brushes, keep the water level shallow enough that the backs will not be immersed in water – this might cause your bristles to come loose and fall out.
It’s also a great idea to have a bucket to keep everything together so it’s all there handy to do the job and you don’t have to go looking for a brush or hoof pick. As you collect double items, you could have one bucket for the horse trailer and one for the barn.
There are wonderful caddies on the market either at your local tack shop or at the local dollar store that work great to store your cleaning tools in. Anything works that you can keep everything together in.