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Cactus Cloth! Find me one, please....

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  • #41
    I have one that I found at a tack store in MD last year. Love it for after-ride rub downs. And so does my horse. His favorite thing is to get his face rubbed with my - well, his - cactus cloth
    Barn rat for life


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      Mine won't leave while his face is being scrubbed. I found that the halter was in the way of a good scratching, so I tried it with him naked. No problem.
      The armchair saddler
      Politically Pro-Cat


      • #43
        I had one years ago and didn't find it that great. Maybe because I was young and foolish, but you guys are amking me want to find another and give it another try.


        • #44
          After reading this thread, I ordered one! My horse loves having his face rubbed, scratched, brushed, you name it. I think he will adore his cactus cloth!


          • #45
            Originally posted by mvp View Post

            Mine won't leave while his face is being scrubbed. I found that the halter was in the way of a good scratching, so I tried it with him naked. No problem.
            He likes it best after bridle comes off and before halter goes on...and I absolutely dont have to worry about him wandering off
            Barn rat for life


            • #46
              Okay, I may have a problem.... :/ I got mine from Big D's I think. It is so still and hard! I have soaked it, stuck in in the washing machine a couple of times, used it a fair bit...but it is still so stiff and hard.

              Is that the way they are supposed to be? I thought it would soften up and be softer but still scratchy.

              Am I doing something wrong??
              Kanoe Godby
              See, I was raised by wolves and am really behind the 8-ball on diplomatic issue resolution.


              • Original Poster

                No, you aren't doing anything wrong. You can't mistreat a cactus cloth. And it's supposed to be scratchy! Also, a cactus cloth becomes relatively flexible. The real flexibility is achieved just by using the sucker.

                I suppose you could leave it on a fence in the rain for a while.

                But really, just use it all crumpled up and let your horse do the work.
                The armchair saddler
                Politically Pro-Cat


                • #48
                  Do they sell the real sisal at a fabric store?

                  I LOVE cactus cloth & always want a bigger one. I am willing to hem the edges.


                  • #49
                    Greenhawks (Canadian retailer) has them for $6, and the mitt for $4! Not sure how much shipping would be.


                    I bought one in the summer and haven't used it yet, because I wasn't sure how to. But the instructions earlier in the thread were awesome!


                    • #50
                      What about these, or do you think they'd be too soft?


                      • #51
                        Okay, I needed new stirrup leathers as well so just ordered one from Greenhawk. $5.99 for the cloth, and with the leathers shipping was $9.95. I am eagerly awaiting its arrival! I am sure my TB will love the face rubbing part.


                        • #52
                          Another use for a cactus cloth!

                          I like to use it to rub/massage along my geldings neck, shoulder, back, and hindquarter muscles as a bit of a massage after work. I noticed that the massage invariably makes him drop, so now I also use my cactus cloth to bring out mister bashful so I can attend to the periodic cleanings!
                          Only one cat - must not be totally crazy yet!


                          • #53
                            I briefly scanned this thread but I'm not sure if anyone mentioned that Equus Now has them on their website for $8.95 each, and I think they are 20% off still with the Black Friday sale still going on online.


                            • #54
                              So got my Cactus Cloth and did the soak thing and have let it dry. Next steps...? It does smell like sn old burlap bag, hope thats going away soon....:-P


                              • #55
                                Got mine too, wondering the same thing.

                                Been using it, and when its in use, its pliable. However, it hurts my hands!!!

                                Im hoping its going to soften soon, because its killing my hands!


                                • #56
                                  I got this as a gift for someone and it comes with both a cactus (sisal) cloth and a cactus glove - and all the other stuff (brushes + bag) for $20 with the 1/2 off coupon. Not a bad deal!

                                  Or you can just get the towel:
                                  "When life gives you scurvy, make lemonade."


                                  • #57
                                    ^ I have the towel. I got it through horseloverz, but its a horze.com brand.