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Horse Articles :: Essentials for Horse Grooming
Horse Grooming Essentials
Do You Know How to Choose a Proper Grooming Bag?
Selecting a grooming bag that will become your primary grooming
kit both for travel and home is simple, if you know what it
is you will need. Choose a good bag that is easy to carry,
but at the same time will hold everything.
So many grooming boxes are too small or too shallow so when
you put items in them everything falls over or they won't
all fit in. A multi-pocketed bag made of water resistant material
with sections in it is ideal.
Some of them come with inside zippered pouches, which can
be very useful for collecting the smaller items such as scissors,
cotton wool etc.
Choose one that is fairly good in size and has different removable
sections that will easily hold smaller items. Your best option
is to find a grooming bag that has a shoulder strap, because
the convenience that it will afford when you need to hang
it up is immeasurable.
A final bonus would be that you are able to wash them, or
better yet, put then through a 'delicate' machine wash.
Consider getting two grooming bags If you have both grey horse(s)
and bay horse(s) to groom. I can tell you from experience
that there is nothing worse than grooming a bay horse with
brushes that have been used on a grey horse, as you end up
leaving grey hairs all over the bay horse(s).
Essential Grooming Items to keep in your Bag
Mane and Tail Brush
Plastic Curry comb
Soft Body Brush
Additional Items to Complete Your Grooming Kit
Consider stocking everyday products that you commonly use
for a quick groom. Items such as a good mane and tail conditioner.
You will find that having a 500 ml size sprayer bottle is
worth stocking as well, and it should fit very easily into
a normal size grooming kit.
Traumeel Gel is something no reputable person would be without.
It is the best for using on all cuts and bumps and bruises,
as it is an all-purpose homeopathic gel, one of the best on
Weleda WCS Dusting Powder Useful for any grazes and wounds
that need drying up.
Eliminator Liquid which is a mild anti-bacterial liquid. You
can use this on new cuts, injuries and foot abscesses. Another
use for this product is to clean mucky eyes with clean, cotton
Your horse grooming kit if labeled properly can save you a
lot of time and frustration.
Label your grooming bags if you have more than one. An example
might be, if you have one for bays and one for greys label
each one accordingly. Another good tip is to be certain that
your label can easily be seen from a distance. I have found
that using white insulation tape and permanent markers to
make the labels is a simple solution. Another good idea is
to use colored ribbons and sew them on the handles, (e.g..
red for bays and white for greys.)
You will find it is worth spending the extra 15 minutes labeling
all the items in the bags as well, so they don't get mixed
The above tips and ideas on your horse grooming kit, what
to use and what to get, will, save you time and energy if
you get it all together. If you have someone helping you,
print this page out and give it to them, this is sometimes
easier than trying to explain all of the above.
Even if one idea is found here to help you or them, it will
have been worthwhile. Horse grooming with the correct horse
grooming kit, like everything else becomes a pleasure. Once
this is achieved one is then able to concentrate on grooming
About the Author
Sarah Bell is passionate about happy healthy horses that are
kept and looked after, with their health and well being as
a main priority.