7 Ways to Make Horse Grooming More Efficient

 

Grooming your horse isn’t really a chore, is it? Sometimes it can feel like one, but here are some tips to make horse grooming easier and more efficient.

 

jump to shopping

 

Be organized at the barn!

 

  • This is the best way to easily access your grooming tools. I keep the bare minimum in my grooming kit. I don’t have to dig for anything, and I can easily go through the routine without stopping.

 

  • If you can get a routine down pat, this will also save time. I start with vital signs, hooves and the mane and tail. Then I curry, attack stains, brush, wipe, and I’m done. Having my tools in order in my grooming kit in the way I use them helps, too.

 

  • I also store seasonal tools so they are only in the grooming box when I need them. In the winter, a stiffer brush replaces my soft one in the winter, and I bust out the Insta-Hot kettle. In warm weather months, they are packed. In the summer, I have a cactus cloth for sweat marks and sunscreen for pink noses and my own nose.

 

cactus cloths both sides showing

The cactus cloth has many uses at the barn!

 

Use clean tools.

 

  • No effective grooming happens with dirty tools! Weekly cleans of your horse’s brushes keeps them, and your horse, clean. I may not need to clean them, but I do anyway to stay in the habit.

 

  • Use a bucket or tub to store your tools, and use it can double as a sink. I clean my grooming supplies in their tote – I just fill with chlorhexadine solution and water. This cleans the brushes and their container. For step by step details, read this!

 

Use grooming tools with more than one purpose.

 

  • Having several tools that do more than one thing keeps clutter down and makes grooming your horse go smoothly.

 

  • Hoof pick with a brush. I find the brush is handy to have to truly get the hooves free of packed-in mystery stuff, like poop and dirt and bedding.

 

  • I can’t stress this enough – grooming gloves are amazing. These genius gloves allow you to curry comb and bathe and shed your horse, every last inch of him. Great for faces, legs, bellies, and butt cheeks. I threw out several types of curry combs and just use this instead.

 

hands on grooming gloves currying a dark horse

You can use code PEG for free shipping if you order your gloves here!

 

 

  • Cactus cloth. This great grooming tool works as a curry, a sweat mark eraser, and even a soft brush. They get better over time, and they are also quite affordable.

 

  • Soft brush. I use a softer brush as the dandy, the stiff, the body, the finisher in one. It’s time-consuming and largely unnecessary to keep switching up brushes for your horse. I have a marvelous goat hair brush that’s rather long and soft, and I can use it on every last inch of my horse. In the winter, I switch to one that’s a bit stiffer to bust through all the of the winter coat.

 

  • Wipes. If you use baby wipes or even if you make your own wipes, they are multi-purpose as well. Stains can be wiped away, noses and ears can be swiped, and sensitive butt cheeks can be cleaned. They are also good for freshening yourself up before you head home.

 

Let your horse be oily!

 

  • The more natural oil that your has, the easier it is to groom him. Stop stripping your horse’s skin of sebum and let that stuff build up! Unless you are brand new to this website, you know that I’m PRO-SEBUM in a huge way! It’s the magic oil secreted by your skin as part of your horse’s immune system. It’s the shine on your horse, his overall bloom, and a natural stain repellent. Fewer stains mean less bathing to remove them and more shine. It’s a win-win.

 

Attend to manes and tails daily.

 

  • Manes and tails that are kept clean, conditioned, and picked or brushed daily only take minutes to clean. If you save the mane and tail care for the weekend, you will be spending much more time picking and brushing and stain removing. A little bit a day versus a lot in one instance.

 

  • You may find that you love tail bags and keeping the mane loosely braided to help you with this. You may also decide to just zip the entire mane off with a very spiffy roach job! I never thought I would love this, until I tried it. I should have roached my horse’s mane long ago!

 

 

wide braids on a horse mane

Loose braids shouldn’t itch the way some tighter show braids do. This might be a good idea for your horse, and it can help train the mane to rest on one side.

 

Use barriers.

 

  • A horse that has lots of “barriers” will stay cleaner, and therefore reduce the time and intensity to get him clean again. The first barrier is his own skin and coat, and those natural oils on his own skin. You can also use fly sheets, sheets, and blankets to stand between your horse and all that is dirty. My favorite fly sheets have a neck piece.

 

  • Then take stock of your horse’s environment. Can you add more layers of fresh bedding to his stall or shed? What about doing some drainage and mud control to turnouts? Or adding mats to the areas that he spends the most time lounging? Anything you can do to block that dirt!

 

The more you can make a system and simplify your grooming routine, the more time you will have for other horse related things! Definitely don’t skimp on grooming, just do it more efficiently!

 

go-shopping

 

Click these links to shop for horse supplies. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases, which are not a penny more for you. I couldn’t be more grateful for your support! You can also visit my Amazon storefront here:  PEG storefront.

AM PM Weekly 7 Day Pill Organizer
$19.99 $9.99 ($9.99 / Count)
05/21/2024 12:08 am GMT
Keter Storage Cabinet with Doors and Shelves
$183.09

Vertical storage is the best! No more digging through trunks.

04/12/2024 01:03 pm GMT
05/24/2024 12:19 am GMT
05/24/2024 12:15 am GMT
05/24/2024 12:10 am GMT
06/06/2024 01:58 pm GMT
05/20/2024 04:34 pm GMT
2 Pack XL Wash Me Travel Laundry Bag
$9.99 $8.99 ($4.50 / Count)
04/10/2024 07:38 pm GMT
Shires Cactus Cloth
$17.07 ($17.07 / Count)
05/31/2024 02:18 pm GMT
HandsOn Finishing Gloves - Double Sided
$19.99 ($19.99 / Count)

The jute side buffs to add shine, the other side is fuzzy for lifting dust and applying fly sprays and grooming products.

03/29/2024 08:16 pm GMT
Handson Ergonomic Hoof Pick
$19.99 ($19.99 / Count)

This is the strongest hoof pick available!

03/29/2024 08:17 pm GMT
Farnam Slick 'N Easy Horse Grooming Block
$5.49 $4.24

Good for grooming, shedding, and bot egg removal

06/13/2024 02:53 am GMT
06/11/2024 10:43 am GMT
06/11/2024 10:48 am GMT
Haas Lipizzaner Brush
$42.00 ($42.00 / Count)

This brush is luxury and will help your horse shine!

05/07/2024 04:34 pm GMT
06/12/2024 03:08 am GMT
Electric Cleaner Co Rapid Groom Horse Vacuum
$605.00 ($605.00 / Count)

It's always satisfying to vacuum your horse!

04/10/2024 01:46 pm GMT
HANDSON Pet Grooming Gloves - Grooming, Bathing, Shedding
$24.99 $16.99

These are HandsOn Gloves with special pricing! Only in the color gray.

03/29/2024 08:24 pm GMT
Shapley's Easy-Out No Rinse Shampoo 32 fl.oz
$16.23 $14.64

Spot removing, deodorizing, dust busting, shine adding spray.

05/13/2024 04:53 pm GMT
Shapley's Hi Shine Shampoo, 1-Gallon
$43.95 $41.87

Other sizes, too! Adds shine with the most gentle formula.

06/12/2024 02:13 am GMT
SHAPLEY'S Medi-Care Med Shampoo W/Tea Tree & Lemon Grass, 32 oz
$18.95 $17.99

The best shampoo for shine and soothing.

06/06/2024 02:03 pm GMT
Shapley's No.1 Light Oil
$19.82 ($0.62 / Fl Oz)

For shine, conditioning, detangling, and stain protection.

06/12/2024 04:38 am GMT
Rubber Latex Waterproof Dishwashing Gloves, 2 Pair Medium Long Cuff
$12.99 $9.99 ($5.00 / Count)

It's fashion and function

06/12/2024 03:12 am GMT
Shapley’s 32 oz. Color Enhancing Shampoo - Whitening Formula
$24.95

For all colors - to add shine and help lift stains.

05/08/2024 01:18 am GMT
Shapley's Equitone 32 oz. Color Enhancing Shampoo, GOLD
$24.75

Brighten duns, palominos, and golden colors.

05/09/2024 01:58 am GMT
SHAPLEY'S 32 oz. Color Enhancing Shampoo, RED
$25.36

For chestnuts and some bays

05/08/2024 01:33 am GMT
Shapley's 32 oz. Color Enhancing Shampoo, BLACK
$23.49 $17.65

For dark bays, black points, and black horses

05/08/2024 01:08 am GMT
05/08/2024 01:48 am GMT
05/13/2024 01:33 am GMT
4 Pairs Exfoliating Gloves
$8.95 ($2.24 / Count)
05/20/2024 04:58 pm GMT
05/28/2024 04:13 pm GMT
HANDSON Pet Grooming Gloves - Grooming, Bathing, Shedding
$24.99 $16.99

These are HandsOn Gloves with special pricing! Only in the color gray.

03/29/2024 08:24 pm GMT
Fly Whisk
$39.90

For *mostly* bug free riding

04/08/2024 08:43 pm GMT
Farnam Equi-Spot, Horse Fly and Tick Control, 12-Week Supply for One Horse
$27.49 $23.99

This spot-on product kills and repels ticks and helps with mosquito control.

05/20/2024 02:27 pm GMT
06/12/2024 03:53 am GMT
05/09/2024 01:53 am GMT
05/08/2024 01:27 am GMT
05/14/2024 11:15 am GMT
05/13/2024 01:17 am GMT
Cashel Quiet Ride Horse Fly Mask with Long Nose and Ears
$29.99

This style is great for riding!

05/11/2024 02:43 am GMT
03/13/2024 02:43 am GMT
05/20/2024 08:28 pm GMT
05/05/2024 01:33 am GMT
05/20/2024 11:32 pm GMT
06/12/2024 05:08 am GMT
Electric Cleaner Co Rapid Groom Horse Vacuum
$605.00 ($605.00 / Count)

It's always satisfying to vacuum your horse!

04/10/2024 01:46 pm GMT

 

Thank you!