The cactus cloth for horses – grooming wonder tool


Use a cactus cloth for horses and add some shine to your horse.  And yes, they are cloths made from cactus fibers. These magic grooming tools are insanely long-lasting and serve various purposes at the barn and around your horse.


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  • You may be familiar with a cactus cloth in the form of a loofah-type mitt for your shower. They are woven cactus fibers on one side, a thin netting on the other side. At first, the cactus cloth is rather coarse and stiff, with repeated use it will soften up. You can also get these cactus cloths wet.


cactus cloths both sides showing

You can also get a cactus cloth mitt if you like.


Uses for cactus cloths when grooming horses:


  • Oil buff your horse.  Done with grooming oil and some elbow grease, oil buffing conditions the hair and adds shine.  It’s not slick or sticky.  Full directions on oil buffing here.


  • Dried mud removal. These cloths form to the shape of your horse, so you can use them on wavy and lumpy parts like hips and legs. Skip the metal curry comb here.


  • Sweat mark removal. I have no idea how or why this works – it just does. If your horse is super sweaty, add the hose, too.


  • Scrubbing buckets and tubs. Cactus cloths are good for crusty food dish cleaning if you are stuck without any other tools.


  • Finishing tool. After your arms are sufficiently worked out from currycombing and brushing, do a once over your horse with the cactus cloth. Your horse’s shine will be boosted.




Curry, brush, then cactus.


  • Dandruff remover. Some horses get flakes in their manes, the cactus cloth will help to lift them away. Just be sure it’s dandruff and not lice or mites (yes it can happen).


  • Shampoo spreader. Dunk in your sudsy bucket and shampoo away. The texture of the cactus cloth also helps remove hair and dirt in addition to spreading the shampoo around.


  • Shedding horse helper. You can remove a significant portion of hair with the cactus cloth.


wash rack bucket with cactus cloth

Cactus cloths are great for the wash rack, also.


Different ways to use a cactus cloth


How to clean your horse’s cactus cloth



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This cactus mitt may be easier to use than a cloth.  


Genuine Cactus Cloth – Natural – 18 X 16-1/2 Standard This is much better for stain removal and spreading natural oils around.


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HandsOn Grooming Gloves – also, use code PEG for some free shipping!

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using a cactus cloth