How to Take Care of Your Grooming Tools

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Grooming your horse is a daily task that is important to your horse’s overall health. Because we use our grooming tools so frequently, it’s important to take good care of them. This includes storing them properly, cleaning them regularly, and knowing when to replace them. These tips will help you to take good care of your grooming tools.

Separate Tools for Each Horse

Diseases such as skin conditions and illnesses can be passed from horse to horse by the tools you use to groom them. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that each horse in your stable has his own grooming kit and tools. To minimize the possibility of passing diseases from horse to horse, don’t use tools on more than one horse. Make sure that all of your grooming tools are labeled with your horse’s name so that they’re not accidentally used on another horse.

Proper Storage

By storing your grooming tools properly, you can prolong their useful life. If tools such as brushes or rags are wet after you use them, then allow them to air dry before storing them in a tack trunk or a bucket. Rather than storing brushes in a pile, opt for a grooming tote that will allow you to store brushes standing up so that their bristles are not bent down and curled.

Careful Labeling

Sometimes grooming kits contain sprays and ointments that aren’t kept in their original bottles. If you mix up a spray from concentrate, be sure that you clearly label the bottle. Mislabeled or unidentified sprays and ointments can be dangerous if you use them for the wrong purpose – imagine if you sprayed a saddle cleaner all over your horse, thinking it was fly spray. Take the time to make sure that your grooming kit is properly labeled.

Regular Cleaning

It’s important to regularly clean your grooming tools, especially your brushes. Brushes can trap an incredible amount of dirt, making getting your horse clean difficult unless you are working with clean brushes. While much of your grooming kit, like your rubber curry combs and your hoof picks, can be wiped down or scrubbed clean with soapy water, your brushes require special attention.

To clean your brushes, submerge them in a bucket of warm, soapy water. A mild dish washing soap can be a great cleanser. Scrub the brushes gently by hand, and be sure to thoroughly rinse them to remove all of the soap. Allow them to dry on a towel in a shaded area – this can take a day or more.

Taking good care of your grooming tools can prolong their life and allow you to groom your horse more thoroughly.

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