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  • #21
    Another sensitive chestnut OTTB mare who hates to be curried....even with a super soft curry. But the tiger tongue? I can go over her entire body, use it as a brush, get the dried dirt off, etc. with not so much as an ear pinned or the evil mare face.
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    • #22
      I've used mine instead of a sponge when sponging off sweat marks or when bathing. It does a great job of pulling dirt and loose hair off at the same time.
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      • #23
        I think it works better than a curry and that’s as someone who is a curry snob. My current roster of horses is a mixed level of sensitivity but all of them are PIGS. This gets the caked on stone dust/ NE soil off better than any curry I’ve ever had and can work as a good slicker once the dirt is loosened. One of my TBs is not a fan of grooming or being fussed over and using this instead of the curry has made him much happier.

        As others have mentioned it’s very versatile. I also use it to clean out grain buckets, remove hair from the BOT pads (which just love hair) and to get dirt/mud off of rain sheets.
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        • #24
          It's great at removing the dried mud from my mud-loving fluffy pony. Also great at cleaning off his mud-covered sheet.

          Looking forward to using it on the hairy side of my pads when fluffy pony starts shedding.

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          • #25
            I had one and it was only good for one job - but really great at it. When you spray that poop or pee spot with cowboy magic on your gray, and rub it off with a towel and nothing happens, or it just spreads...tiger tongue in a little bit of water just lifts the stain and the extra CM with it. And when you rinse it, you can use it to get those hairs to lay down again.
            Otherwise, I think like most people I have something that does what it does but better. It’s nice to have a multi tool for a show, but meh. I wouldn’t go to a show without my full grooming box anyway (joys of a gray horse).

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            • #26
              Originally posted by ecpolo View Post
              i have to add that the best way to get through major mud clumps is an older and kind of hardened clear scrubby thing. The kind you can put your hand inside and there’s nubs in one side and bristles on the other. I’ve converted all my friends to that gadget for really bad mud situations.
              Jelly Scrubber is the trade name of the scrubby thing, and I agree they're good for this, but this thinking is why it took me so long to buy the Hands On grooming gloves. I thought that they wouldn't do anything the jelly scrubber didn't do. False. The gloves have longer and thinner nubbins, so they cut through mud and get into itchy spots more readily.
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              • #27
                I don't use mine much Except for mud removal. Best device ever to take the mud/dirt off and not have it airborne and blowing onto me. I will have to try it for the sweat marks. Haven't done that yet.

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                • #28
                  I use mine in addition to curry combs and regular brushes. I've found its great for getting off sweat marks around the ears after riding, light mud, and is a great sponge that doesn't absorb most of the shampoo/whatever you're scrubbing with.

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                  • #29
                    I don't know how you guys are getting dry, caked mud off with the Tiger's Tongue.

                    I have to use a shedding blade or one of these curries to break up the mud. It is good for getting light mud off the legs and face, but I've found it really useful to spray it lightly with water and use it to lift all of the dust off the coat after currying.

                    I will have to try it on hairy saddle pads.

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                    • #30
                      Yes, i wish they were a bit more durable. But daggone, they are cheap enough. The patio furniture, garage siding can be tough on it. I use it on the insides and outsides of blankets. And for spot removal, a damp TT works so well. I Don't have to soak the horse to the skin. It brushes out saddle, girth, bridle marks. It rinses clean, unlike my 'real' brushes, which I have to scrub and soak and take hours to dry. My dog loves it, too! I have to scrape off the heavy mud sometimes, and use the TT to remove the remaining dust, That's where it excels. I have not seen much marketing for it, I picked it up on a whim and have gifted several friends with one. And really, talked it up.

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                      • #31
                        I bought one after reading all the rave reviews here about a year ago and I love it. Still using the same one, too--so I'm not sure what you folks who say they don't last are doing with it? Mine is just now starting to get ratty in places and I use it several times a week on two horses.

                        I don't find it's good for THICK dried mud, but it does work well for the splashes that get on legs and belly when out fox hunting in wet conditions. I also use it to clean mud from tack (girth, reins, etc) in the same conditions. Stirrup irons, too. And my boots, to make them presentable for breakfast.

                        Great for cleaning the inside of a girth--removes hair and scurf after a ride. Can be used to scrub at stubborn spots, too.

                        Good for dried sweat marks.

                        It pulls nicely when used like a body brush (I use hands on gloves first, then the tiger tongue, then a brush to finish) and removes dust and scurf.

                        I have used it to scrub socks when bathing.

                        Works well to scrub the grass-stained slobber off my horse's chin after a ride--also well for doing the same on the bit--even when crusty.

                        Great for sweat stains around the ears and poll.

                        I sometimes use it to pull hair off of saddle pads.

                        I have tried to use it with various green-out sprays on my grey and find it a little...meh in that regard. It works, but not miraculously.

                        Have also used it to scrub mud, manure, urine, and bird poop from blankets.

                        I like the fact that you can just run it under water or swish around in a bucket to clean, too.

                        At about $8, I find it well priced.

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                        • #32
                          I love mine! My guy doesn't like harsh curries and he loves the tiger's tongue. I can use it as a curry, a water bucket scrubber, a sponge for baths, etc. It is one of my go-to tools! Highly suggest anyone with a sensitive horse to try it. They also made one where it has a sponge on one side and tiger's tongue on the other. I'm tempted to try it

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                          • #33
                            Originally posted by Peggy View Post
                            Some uses:
                            I have not tried or seen the one that Nunn Finer sells that looks like pretty much the same thing.
                            I got one, and I'm with the OP.... I'm not sure what the deal is NOR does it do what it's said to do. I watched the video and bought it because it looked similar to the Tiger Tongue, and it did nothing with some sweat marks on my grey pony. Nothing. Noth-ing. Just pushed the hair around, no more and no less than a body brush, no magic occurred. Shrugs all around. Got tossed in the grooming-stuffs pile, I'm sure I'll give it a shot on shorter hair this summer to see what happens with that.
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                            • #34
                              Originally posted by bip View Post
                              I bought one because my trainer loved hers, and I didn’t get it either. Until I did. Suddenly I realized IT DOES EVERY JOB! It’s a brush when you need a brush, it’s a curry when you need a curry. Dried dirt inside your horse’s boots? No prob! Now the only drawback is that they wear out a bit quickly. I’m not through my first one yet though.
                              That sounds like Ye Olde Cactus Cloth.... except for the venerable cactus cloth lasting 15 years.
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                              • #35
                                Originally posted by mvp View Post

                                That sounds like Ye Olde Cactus Cloth.... except for the venerable cactus cloth lasting 15 years.
                                I think so! I never had one, but they were always mentioned in horse care books when I was a kid and I remember when I finally “got” the tigers tongue, I thought, “hey, this works like the things in the books!”

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                                • #36
                                  Originally posted by mvp View Post

                                  That sounds like Ye Olde Cactus Cloth.... except for the venerable cactus cloth lasting 15 years.
                                  I have both and they are actually pretty similar. But I like the Tiger Tongue better for bathing or other things where you want it to be wet, as it dries a lot quicker. My horse also prefers the Tiger Tongue to a cactus cloth on her face and when she’s clipped.

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                                  • #37
                                    Yeah, cactus cloth, or stable rubber, as they call it in the UK. [lol]
                                    If thou hast a sorrow, tell it not to the arrow, tell it to thy saddlebow, and ride on, singing. -- King Alfred the Great

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