What are your favorite grooming products and why? Simple enough question, right?
Pretty much every grooming tote, tray, bucket or kit, contains a rubber curry like this one.
They come in a variety of colors and are relatively inexspensive. These are available in pink, blue and purple for $1.35 through Hitching Post Tack. They are commonly available in two sizes to fit comfortably in your hand and you can find them also in black, red, blue or green.
Another favorite of mine is the rubber grooming mitt.
These are also relatively inexspensive at $2.65 through Hitching Post Tack, come in a variety of colors and one size does fit most.
Both the curry and mitt are rubber, so no sharp edges to deal with or avoid, they stimulate the skin and hair while removing dirt and debris. With regular use they will produce a nice shine on the horses coat, while giving your arms a healthy workout.
You may notice your horse making faces of delight as you use the curry or the mitt on them. Sure it feels good and they are letting you know it. The mitt is much easier to use in tight spots or sensitive areas. My mare likes to have her forehead rubbed vigorously with the mitt.
I also like a nice stiff bristled brush and a softer bristled brush to work with. The stiff bristles will also stimulate the skin and bring out the natural oils, while removing the dirt, mud and dead hair.
These come in a variety of styles, sizes and colors and range in price from $5-$15 depending on where you find them.
Where the mane and tail is concerned, some people prefer a comb-
plastic in a variety of colors or metal, which can be found for less than $1 and others are fine with a regular hairbrush. Some prefer bristled brushes others prefer the 'vented' brushes. If you go the hairbrush route, check the local dollar store. Nobody said this stuff has to be expensive.
This brush is available at Horse.com for less than $5.
A few soft rags, a hoof pick, something to keep it all in and you're ready to go!