Spring cleaning time, what's in your grooming box?
Getting ready to put away winter blankets and putting the 'bath bucket' together. Cleaned my grooming box out, and bought some new triple antibiotic.... What do you keep in your box/bag/bucket to use everyday? Any secrets you want to share?
Witch Hazel (gonna try in place of old standby Peroxide...)
Curry & Face/Leg Curry
Long 'Flick' brush
Shorter hard 'mud' brush
Swiss Army Knife
Gardening gloves (for picking out muddy feet)
I have to say, the tip about the gardening gloves was something I picked up from my old trainer and is so much better than needing to a) wash my hands b) get expensive riding gloves dirty. New trainer says regular old triple antibiotic is easier and cheaper than all the expensive stuff at the tack store and I agree.
I always have rubbing alcohol on hand for disinefecting, rub downs after hard work (it evaportates quicker than water so quicker cooling down) and if you mix it with the purple shampoo, you get a cheap green spot remover.
Grooming kit = soft curry (rubber mitt or jelly scrubber,) hoof pick w/brush, metal curry (for cleaning brushes,) stiff brush (prefer rice root,) medium brush (mixed natural fibers,) body brush (soft natural fibers with round back and strap,) rub rag, scissors, solo comb, pulling comb, hair brush (for mane and tail,) boots. The lotions and potions are kept on the shelf rather than in individual boxes, but the things we have handy would be rubbing alcohol, absorbine liniment, preparation H (for bald spots,) diaper rash ointment and bag balm. Sweat scrapers have their own hooks near the hydrant, and the sponges all live in a hanging basket near the hydrant.
My basic "grooming box" (it's actually a tool box) contains few items:
- metal hoof pick with brush
-"gel" curry mitt
- soft body brush
- stiff brush (which I never use - Tb mare hates it, even on her legs)
- horse shaver thingies
- Solo Comb
- tube of triple antibiotic ointment
- sunscreen for my face
- various clips and eye hooks
- a pen
Most of the time tho, my "grooming box is a small bucket that holds the first 3 items and a set of 4 brushing boots (the hair dryer was just put back into the Big Box because it's finally SPRING!)
I keep a towel on the stall door, and haven't yet used the shedding blade...
Meds and ointments / liniments and wraps are all in the Big Box along with other "stuff" (xtra halters, leads, reins and saddle pads, galloping boots, a lamp, etc.
Epona Ultra Mitt (my favorite for face and head)
Cowboy Magic Rosewater shampoo
Wintergreen alcohol (used as a body brace, in lieu of Vetrolin/linament)
Healthy Hair Care Moisturizer
(Another) Epona Ultra Mitt (love for sweat marks and bathing)
On a rack on the wall:
*Sore no more liniment
*Cowboy magic detangler
*"Pink spray" the hair moisturizer stuff
*Shed flower! My new favorite tool, horses enjoy it too.
* soft rubber curry for legs and faces
* shedding blade
* boomerang shaped hard brush (love!)
* long bristled medium brush
* soft brush
* hoof pick, tail comb and bristle brush for manes/tails
Grooming bag (it's pretty big):
Hoof pick with brush
Hoof dressing (Hooflex, Horseshoer's Secret or Farrier's Formula), Thrushbuster
Rubber curry mitt
Sleekez (this is amazing)
Round metal curry
Large natural bristle body brush with short bristles
Mane/tail comb, aluminum pulling combs, Vetrolin detangler
Aloe vera veterinary cream
Various horse boots and treats
First aid/miscellaneous box:
Bandaging supplies, including maybe 15 rolls of vetwrap
Braiding kit with bands and yarn
Healthy Hair Care
Megatek Rebuilder for conditioning tails
Ivory soap for cleaning sheaths
Wonder Dust and blue dab wound ointments
Hoof nippers, hoof knife, rasp (I trim my own)
Extra hoof picks
Vetrolin liniment and Absorbine gel (gel is mostly for me )
Sometimes I feel like I'm ready for the apocalypse..........
Gardening gloves -- what a great idea! I'm going to have to get some of those.
My grooming box includes:
- Eqyss Permier Rehydrant Spray for dry winter coat, which will be switched out for fly spray when the time comes
- Eqyss Survivor for her tail
- Absorbine liniment gel
- Absorbine Hooflex Conditioner
- Green spot remover
- Really stiff brush with a handle for brushing muck off hooves, or boots post-riding
- Hoof pick (industrial strength type)
- Other hoof pick (cheap kind with brush on alternate side)
- Jelly two-sided curry mitt thingy
- Rubber massagey-type curry
- Gentle curry for Her Majesty's face and legs
- Shedding comb, the three-ring kind
- Medium body brush that I bought because it says "Lipizzaner"
- Flick brush
- Medium body brush that I actually use
- Super soft brush
- Wooden mane and tail comb that I bought in Russia when i was 12 and don't actually use, but it's in there as a sort of good luck charm
What needs to be in there but currently I'm out of:
- baby wipes
- thrush buster
What lives in my tack box but occasionally migrates into grooming box as needed:
- Triple antibiotic ointment for cuts
- Purple shampoo
- Regular shampoo
- Dove dish-soap for gray mare tail issues
- Betadine scrub
- Scrubby mitt
You can use Ivory for sheath cleaning? Interesting... Since I tend to keep a stock of it.
ETA: The 'blue dab' is Blue Kot with the dabber brush? Found that in TSC last fall and love it. Just tossed out the spray can, dabber is so much easier. Like it for wet/mud season, especially on legs.
Yes and yes. I got the tip about Ivory soap from my equine dentist. Blue dabby stuff is also useful for thrush if your horse steps on your Thrushbuster bottle and you really, really want to treat his just-shod feet before he gets turned back out. I speak from experience.
Good idea Mosey, as someone who owns a 'play harder' horse I seem to be always wiping goop on him. I will be happy when the grass arrives and he's got something other than halter tag to keep him occupied
-Stiff body brush
-Bottle of Kopertox
-Brush for Kopertox
-Baggy of mane & tail bands
-Liniment (I think? Sometimes I just stick it in my tack box)
-Mane & tail brush
-Bottle of detangler spray
And I think that's it. I actually need to stop at the farm store tomorrow and pick up a face brush and a metal curry comb. My grooming tote is just something I picked up at the Dollar Store, so it's not very big and I have to kind of cram things in it. I'm too frugal to buy an actual grooming tote.