Grooming: Get Your Stuff Together

Hoof Pick

Curry Comb

Stiff (dandy, body) Brush

Soft body/face Brush

The above list is just the basics. I learned some time ago that good grooming tools are worth the extra cost. Not only will they last much longer but chances are that they will be better designed to suit the purpose. Buy brushes that fit your hand!  When you purchase a grooming tool, hold it in your hand to make sure it fits.  There are nice tools that will fit the smallest of hands.  If a child has trouble holding on to a brush, it won’t be a pleasant job, but if they don’t have to fight the brush, they will love it and so will the pony.

Give some thought to your pony when you choose your brushes. If you have several ponies you’ll probably need several different combinations of brushes. In order for the process of grooming to be pleasant to the pony, his level of sensitivity must be taken into account. If your pony has a thin, short coat, a very stiff brush will go straight to his skin and feel like a rasp! On the other hand, if he has a slightly longer and very thick coat, a soft brush will just bounce off his natural thick coat and do nothing to remove the dirt lurking beneath. A bit of thoughtfulness on your part will go a long way to making your daily grooming sessions a fun time for both you and your pony.

Never use your curry on those legs.  The bones are so close to the surface; always use your stiff bristle brush on the legs.

If your pony develops any sort of skin condition, it is wise to keep a separate bucket of grooming tools for him so you don’t spread anything to the rest of his stable mates.

TIP:  We like to add a small piece of bright colored rope to the handle of the hoof pick and have them hanging around the barn.  I also prefer bright colors for my tools so they don’t blend in with the grass.




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