The greatest horse grooming tools for summer

 

It’s hot. You’re hot. Your horse is hot. Sometimes you feel like all you are doing is smearing sweaty hair all over your horse. Which happens. The best tools for summer grooming make taking care of your horse easier during the dog days of summer.

 

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  • I still use my grooming gloves. Most of us have come to know these as only for shedding season, but they make a wonderful daily curry comb, no matter how much hair your horse has. And your hands stay so clean!

 

purple grooming gloves showing the fabric

Great for bathing and daily curry action.

 

  • I also reach for my clippers. Sometimes. I’m definitely using clippers to tidy things up for easier tick hunting by clipping away extra lower leg hair. I also keep the bridle path clipped, to avoid that lump that the mane makes under a bridle or a halter. This is really important if your horse wears a muzzle for extended hours.

 

  • My go-to move for getting rid of sweat and dirt and grit after a ride is a quick rinse with the hose. This can also help your horse cool out a bit faster, especially if you let him dry in the shade with a breeze. This breeze could be the wind or under a fan. I love those “as seen on TV” shrinking up hoses for this very chore. They are ultra-light, take up a tiny bit of space, and you don’t have to roll them up! You can just drape them somewhere.

 

expandable horse for the wash rack

I’ll never use a stiff green hose again!

 

  • Pair your handy hose with a multi-function nozzle for best showering results. Shower setting for sensitive areas, fan setting for using the water as a squeegee to push all things sweat and dirt away.

 

 

Products I love to use in the summer:

 

  • If rinsing or bathing isn’t in the time frame today, you can buff your horse’s dried and sweaty body with a cactus cloth. By the way, I love to use a cactus cloth in the wash rack, too. Handy for cleaning horses and buckets.

 

cactus cloths both sides showing

Cactus cloth. So many uses!

 

  • A spot shampoo is also nice to have around, for grass stains or manure stains. I actually use these all year long, but it’s nice to be able to spot treat instead of going full-body bath. If you are doing a rinse in the wash rack, you could “pre-treat” your horse’s dirty spots and let the hose finish the job.

 

  • I also keep a spray bottle of alcohol and water on hand. I use one of those empty spray bottles that you can fill with whatever you like. Rubbing alcohol evaporates much faster than water, so if you or your horse needs an extra hand cooling off, spritz some of the mix and get thee to some wind. Horses with anhidrosis will need all the help they can get cooling off, so stash some of these bottles around the ring so you can spray your horse as you ride.

 

kensington fly boots

 

 

  • I’ll add fly clothing to this list also, fly sheets, fly masks, and fly boots for one grooming-related reason – your horse may stay a tad cleaner. Or not. And, he won’t be bothered by flies, there will be less stomping. Unfortunately, there will be more velcro to do and undo. Oh well. Fly control is all-encompassing and involves a battle against eggs, larvae, and adults. Fly clothing helps with adult flies and generally keeping your horse more comfortable.

 

 

What must you have in your horse’s grooming box for summer?

 

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Shires Cactus Cloth
$17.08 ($17.08 / Count)
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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.

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Handson Ergonomic Hoof Pick
$19.99 ($19.99 / Count)

This is the strongest hoof pick available!

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Farnam Slick 'N Easy Horse Grooming Block
$5.49 $4.24

Good for grooming, shedding, and bot egg removal

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Haas Lipizzaner Brush
$42.00 ($42.00 / Count)

This brush is luxury and will help your horse shine!

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Wet Brush Shower Hair Brush Detangler
$6.80

Gentle and effective detangling for your horse's mane and tail.

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Electric Cleaner Co Rapid Groom Horse Vacuum
$605.00 ($605.00 / Count)

It's always satisfying to vacuum your horse!

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HANDSON Pet Grooming Gloves - Grooming, Bathing, Shedding
$24.99

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

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Fly Whisk
$39.95

For *mostly* bug free riding

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Farnam Equi-Spot, Horse Fly and Tick Control, 12-Week Supply for One Horse
$30.78

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

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Cashel Quiet Ride Horse Fly Mask with Long Nose and Ears
$32.99 $29.99

This style is great for riding!

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Summit Mosquito Dunks
$9.84 ($4.92 / Count)
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Rub Protector Lycra Fly Mask – GG Equine

These fly masks are fantastic for protecting ears and eyes, and do great under halters and grazing muzzles to stop rubs and hairless patches.


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Shapley's Easy-Out No Rinse Shampoo 32 fl.oz
$14.64 $12.31

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

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Shapley's No.2 Heavy Oil
$18.98

For deep conditioning and detangling - coat, mane, and tail.

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Shapley's Hi Shine Shampoo, 1-Gallon
$43.95 $41.87

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

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SHAPLEY'S Medi-Care Med Shampoo W/Tea Tree & Lemon Grass, 32 oz
$18.95 $17.99

The best shampoo for shine and soothing.

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Shapley's No.1 Light Oil
$19.82 ($0.62 / Fl Oz)

For shine, conditioning, detangling, and stain protection.

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Shapley's Equitone 32 oz. Color Enhancing Shampoo, GOLD
$23.49 $21.62

Brighten duns, palominos, and golden colors.

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SHAPLEY'S 32 oz. Color Enhancing Shampoo, RED
$23.49 $20.99

For chestnuts and some bays

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Shapley's 32 oz. Color Enhancing Shampoo, BLACK
$18.38 $16.64

For dark bays, black points, and black horses

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Farnam Excalibur Sheath Cleaner 16 OUNCE
$13.49 $9.74 ($0.61 / Ounce)
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Magic Sheen Spray 1Qt
$22.45 ($22.45 / Count)
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Shapley's Easy-Out No Rinse Shampoo 32 fl.oz
$14.64 $12.31

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

06/26/2024 08:33 am 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

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Shapley’s 32 oz. Color Enhancing Shampoo - Whitening Formula
$24.62

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

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Shapley's Equitone 32 oz. Color Enhancing Shampoo, GOLD
$23.49 $21.62

Brighten duns, palominos, and golden colors.

06/23/2024 03:03 pm GMT
SHAPLEY'S 32 oz. Color Enhancing Shampoo, RED
$23.49 $20.99

For chestnuts and some bays

06/23/2024 01:33 pm GMT
Shapley's 32 oz. Color Enhancing Shampoo, BLACK
$18.38 $16.64

For dark bays, black points, and black horses

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4 Pairs Exfoliating Gloves
$8.95 ($2.24 / Count)
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HANDSON Pet Grooming Gloves - Grooming, Bathing, Shedding
$24.99

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

06/13/2024 10:43 pm GMT
Electric Cleaner Co Rapid Groom Horse Vacuum
$605.00 ($605.00 / Count)

It's always satisfying to vacuum your horse!

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