It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Well it’s that time of year again. Probably one of the most exciting times of year for us equestrians, it’s shedding season!!!! I get very excited this time of year. The days are starting to get longer, and a little warmer, and I am beginning to see signs of spring. Although the signs are very small right now where we live, but I know spring will be here soon.
That means my horses are starting to loosen up on the long hair that has been protecting them from the brutal cold that seems to have come with this winter season. Hopefully those days will be gone soon. And in preparation for the anticipated shedding season, I though tit would be fun to share with you some of my favorite tools I use to help get the hair out.
Shedding Tools For Horse Owners
There are soooo many different tools available now to help horse owners with getting rid of the hair. And I have tried a lot of them. So this might be helpful for you if you are just curious, or looking for some tools to make fast work of that long shaggy fur.
And long gone are the days where the only tool we had to use was a long fold-able shedding blade. Now we have blocks, combs, flowers, and groomers just to name a few. But if you have never used these tools, you may be wondering how they work, or if they are worth the price. Well continue on dear reader, because I am going to go over each of them for you now.
Original Shedding Blade $7.46
This is what I was used to using when I was growing up. And this was pretty fancy. On one side there are teeth that help to grab the loose hair as you ran it over your horse’s body. And it doubles as a sweat scraper. Because the opposite side is smooth. So it is a multi-purpose grooming tool.
These shedding blades are fairly easy to use, but they take a lot of time. And you have to be careful, because the teeth can be too strong for sensitive horses, and I would not recommend using this tool on your horses legs. But at $7.46, it is an affordable option to help get rid of that long winter fur.
Epona Shed Flower $9.99
The Shed Flower, made by Epona is incredible. I LOVE to use this tool when my horses are shedding. It easily fits in your hand, and then you can brush it across your horse, or use it in a circular motion to get rid of the loose hair.
I find it works best on shorter coats, but it does work on long hair too. And the hair easily releases when the tool gets full of hair. It is plastic, and it has teeth that grabs the loose hair. Much like the original shedding blade does. But I like how this fits in my hand better than the shedding blade. And I would not recommend using this on sensitive areas, because of the teeth.
Spring Metal Curry Comb $8.88
Ok, these are probably the most old fashioned. And in my opinion, the most harsh type of tool used for shedding your horse. But some people like them, so I wanted to include them here for you, just in case you like this type of tool.
The metal spring action curry comb is best used only on really, really thick hair coats. It does help to remove mud too. But these curry combs are severe. I would never use them on sensitive areas of my horses. But they are great for cleaning out brushes that have tons of hair in them, which is why I wanted to include them in my list.
I really love my curry comb that I have. It has a web hand strap allowing it to fit nicely in your hand. And it lasts for a long, long time. The first one I bought lasted about 6 years before I had to replace it. And I use it for shedding, for grooming, and even knocking the dust out of my brushes.
Of all of the grooming tools I have, I think this is the one I use the most. It is so versatile, and has so many uses! The web strap on the back is the best. Which is why I will only use curry combs like this on my horses.
Rubber Massage Curry by Grooma $10.23
I am not sure why this is so expensive on Amazon. Probably because this is the time of year when horse owners get excited to shop for shedding tools. Supply and demand I guess. But this massage curry from Grooma is awesome. It gives a nice massage because of the big rubber nubs. And even though Ethan is super sensitive to everything, he loves getting a massage with this curry.
The hair will pile up in it though, and it is a little more challenging to get out when it gets full, but it does work great to get loose hair out.
StripHair Gentle Groomer $39.00
This is by far the most money I have ever spent on a grooming tool for my horses, but it is well worth the price, in my opinion. And if you are cringing at the cost, I can understand. But if you are thinking about buying it, just do it. It is worth it!
The StripHair Gentle Groomer is incredible. It is gentle, and it takes out a ton of hair. And it is gentle enough you can use it on your horses face, legs, and well anywhere else you want too! I am in love with the StripHair groomer. My horses really like it too.
It makes fast work of winter fur. And it’s fun to use. Seeing is believing. And when you use this tool, and see how much hair it gets out, you will be glad you bought it. The built up hair comes out easily too.
And this isn’t just for shedding season. It works as a massager, and also can be used as a sweat scraper too. You can also use it for bathing your horse, and it gives a great shine by really bringing the deeper oils to the surface.
I cannot say enough good things about the grooming tool. I am so glad that I finally decided to try it out.
Now the equigroomer is a newer type of shedding tool. It has a small blade inserted into a shaped piece of wood. It does work great for getting the hair out, but it is a little pricey.
There are a lot of versions of this type of shedding tool There is the SleekEZ for $17.95, the Groom Ninja for $19.95, or the Highlands Farm Select grooming brush for $11.99. They all do about the same thing.
Or if you want to get DIY, you can make one yourself for about $5.00. I made several different sizes of this shedding tool 2 years ago. And it does work pretty good for getting out the winter fur. But I would reserve this for long hair only.
The Slick ‘N’ Easy grooming block has been around for a very, very long time. And this is a wonderful tool for removing loose hair, and giving your horse a nice shine. And it lasts a fairly long time too. The block claims that it will last for 10 to 12 horses, which makes it a pretty affordable grooming tool for less than $7.00.
This is a great addition to your shedding box if you are wanting to try out something new. And if your horse gets manure stains, this grooming block will make fast work of it. So not only does it remove loose hair, and add shine, but is also helps to get your horse clean! And you can even use it to help de-shed your horse rugs and blankets too. A very multipurpose tool for your grooming kit.
Hands On Grooming Gloves $24.99
These Hands On Grooming Gloves are incredible, and one of my favorite tools for shedding season. They are also great all year long to give your horse a nice massage.
They are on the more pricier end of the spectrum, but they are nice to have. It make sense to wear a glove that massages your horse and removes hair at the same time. You just put them on and simply rub or pet your horse! So if you are looking to invest in something new this grooming season, these gloves are multipurpose, wear great, and last forever.
This little jelly scrubber is awesome. It has two different sides. One is like a brush, and the other has nubs that are set wider apart. The wide set side is best for shedding horses.
Once the scrubber fills up with hair it releases pretty easy. And being made from a rubber like material, this jelly scrubber works great for bath time with your horse too.
It is easy to use too. You simply slide your hand into the mitt, and then you can scrub or use a circular motion to help gather the loose hair from your horse’s coat. This scrubber is a great addition to your grooming kit.
Grooming Is Just One Part Of The Puzzle
Hopefully this gave you some new tools that you could get to make shedding out your horse easier, and maybe even a little fun. But the tools are just one part of the puzzle to getting your horse shedded out quicker, and revealing a beautiful and glossy, and thinner coat. And there are some things that you can do now to ensure that your horse has a beautiful coat this summer.
Did you know that even though it’s freezing outside right now, your horse is busy creating his summer coat? And you can help him (or her) out to have an even better coat this summer.
And since this post is already pretty long, in my next post I will share some tips and tricks that you can do now to get a better coat for your horse this summer. So if you haven’t signed up on my email list, sign up! That way you will get notified when a new blog post comes out. Usually it is every Saturday and Wednesday, but sometimes I end up a little later! And as always, this post does contain affiliate links. This means if you make a purchase from one of the links I have provided, I may receive a small commission which doesn’t cost you anything. And it allows me to continue doing what I do here, on my blog and also on my YouTube channel, The Budget Equestrian.