The Ultimate Grooming Tool Resource
I have tried so many different grooming items over the years and I wanted to share with you my absolute favorites. These are the ultimate grooming tools I go to first when grooming my horses. And honestly I spend a lot of time grooming my horses.
Some of these items are not the cheapest, but they are the best, in my opinion. And I have gathered all of my favorites together, in one spot for you. And just in case you want to buy some of this stuff, I have provided the links to where you can find them. And just to let you know, these links are affiliate links, meaning if you make a purchase from the place I am recommending, I do receive a small commission from your purchase. It doesn’t add any cost to your order, it just gives me a tiny bit of money back from your purchase. And it allows me to continue doing what I do here on my blog, as well as my YouTube channel, and now my podcast too. So if you do decide to try any of these items, thank you in advance for your support.
This is by far my most favorite grooming tote. And the reason I love it so much is that it holds all of my grooming equipment and makes it easy for me to take with me, from barn to hitching rack. Talk about a time saver! And it helps me to keep everything organized, and easy to find. And it isn’t really ‘toted’ as being a grooming tote. Nope, it’s actually a tool box on wheels!
This is a Husky rolling tool box with separate compartments. You can add extra compartments too if you need too.
It comes with 3 separate compartments.
The top one is small, and I use this to hold my gloves, hoof picks, rub rags, etc. There is plenty of room in here to hold all of your little extras.
The second compartment is larger, and this is where I keep my brushes. I like to store my brushes with their bristles facing up, so they don’t get crimped or bent.
The bottom compartment is the biggest, and this is where I like to store my sprays.
And the best part of this tote is that it’s on wheels, and it has a telescoping handle so you can easily move your tote. This is what I am planning on taking to horse shows next year. And it will be easy to transport, because of the handles and wheels. It also makes it easy to move. Every winter I bring all my equipment into my garage. Since my tack room isn’t heated (or cooled) I don’t want my liquids to freeze, so I bring everything in, and then I have to take it back out to the barn when I want to ride, and this tote makes that easier.
I found mine at Home Depot on sale for around $85.00. But if you don’t want to leave your home, you can buy it on Amazon for around $95.00 with free shipping, if you have a Prime account.
I am sure you have seen these around. This is not sold as a tack trunk, but it sure works great for storing your tack! This is a large Husky tool box and I found it at Home Depot for around $79.00. A lot more affordable than a ‘real’ tack trunk! I could not find the same one on Amazon, but I did find one that is very similar, and it’s made by Stanley. It holds 50 gallons of stuff! On Amazon it costs around $85.00 and has free shipping. That’s just a little bit more expensive than what I spent on my giant rolling tool box.
It is large enough to hold my saddle, bridles, saddle pads, first aid kit, a grooming tote, boots, helmet, and well, pretty much everything else.
Just like the smaller grooming tote, it is also on wheels, and has a telescoping handle that makes it easy to move this tote around.
And if you don’t want it to look like a tool box, you can add a seat to the top, like I did.
Ok, so those are the things I love to store some of my horse stuff in. Now I want to share my most favorite grooming tools.
A curry comb is a must have for me. And I will typically wear them out. This is the only ‘brush’ I usually end up replacing because it gets so much use. And my favorite curry comb is made from rubber. And for me, the best part of the curry comb I have is that it has a web strap. Because honestly, I don’t like shoving my hand into the brush when it has a rubber strap, if it could even be called a strap. I prefer the webbing because it conforms to my hand.
The Hands On Grooming Gloves is one of my favorite tools to use when my horse’s hair is longer, like during the winter time. Now they come in colors too! I have the original black ones, and I love them. You can use them wet or dry.
It’s like a massage for your horse. And you can use both hands at the same time, I love that. And what I love even more is that it is a real glove that you can wear. This way your hand doesn’t slide through, like it does on a grooming mitt.
There are sooooo many different types of brushes. You could spend a lot of money trying to find the perfect brush for your horse. And I know this because I have done it. But there are a few brushes that are my absolute must have’s and that is what I want to share with you here.
My favorite stiff brush is, you guessed it, made by Haas. It’s full name is the Haas Damen Wurzelkardatsche Rice Root Stiff Brush, yeah, that’s a mouthful! So I just call it a stiff brush.
And the reason I love it is because of the stiffness. Rice root brushes last forever. They are sturdy and can withstand a lot of abuse. They also make fast work of stains and work hard to reach the deep dirt which I then get rid of with my next favorite brush.
After I use the stiff brush, I use a flick brush to get rid of the excess dirt I have worked up. And my favorite brush for this is the Haas Mahnenburste Grab Synthetic Bristle Mane Brush. I don’t know why it’s called a mane brush honestly. But it works fantastic to get that loose dirt and hair flicked off of my horses.
For my finishing brushes, I have several. They each have their purpose, but they all have one thing in common, a web strap for your hand. I really like the strap because it allows me to hold the brush well, and really get a deep shine on my horses.
The Haas Fellglanzburste Grooming Body Brush is what I use to finish up my grooming. The strap is leather, and while I prefer the webbing strap, this one works well too. The leather is soft, and I can get my hand in there comfortably. But I love this brush because it gets the fine dust and dander out, and then with a few more strokes, it can be brushed away.
And the shine it leaves behind is incredible, seriously. This is a fantastic brush.
I save this brush for special occasions, and I use it when my horses are relatively clean. This is the Haas Diva Brush. And the full name of the brush is the Diva Horsehair & Lambswool Center Brush w/Handle.
What makes this a special brush is the center. You see the outer rim of the brush has the traditional bristles, but the entire center of the brush is lambswool! Talk about creating a shine, this brush is fantastic for the final strokes. I love this brush. When I see how great my horses look after I use this brush, it is well worth the $22.95. And it’s washable too. SO you can wash it, carefully.
This was my first Haas brush I bought, and this is the brush that made me decide to replace all my brushed with Haas brushes. I have been so impressed with the quality and longevity of each brush. Which is why I always look to see if they have new brushes.
I was introduced to the softest bristle brush for my horse’s faces from Tail Tamer, with a face brush. This brush is very affordable at $3.95 and so so so soft!And my horses loved it. But I found it too small, so I started searching for a larger soft brush to use on my horses faces, and around their ears, and on Ethan’s very sensitive tummy. And again, Haas delivered. This is the Haas Smile Grundy’s Finest Soft Horse Hair Body Brush and it is super soft! It also has the benefit of having the web strap for my hand.
This is not the most expensive brush, but it’s also not the cheapest. I found it at Riding Warehouse for $19.95. And just like all of my other Haas brushes, it is well worth the investment, in my opinion.
We all need hoof picks. And in my case, I need multiples because I tend to misplace them. Fortunately for me, they are cheap. I prefer the hoof picks that have a brush on the end. I can use the brush to wipe away mud, or snow on the outside of the hoof as well as wiping away debris after I have picked out their hooves.
If you buy them from Riding Warehouse, they also have a hole so you can attach a string (or twine) making it easy to hang up the hoof pick so you won’t lose it. Or you can do what I do, and just buy 3 or 4 of them. At $1.50 when you buy 2 or more, it’s worth it.
Now while I am torn about using a brush on my horses tails, there is one brush that I like the best of any brushes I have used. And Riding Warehouse has it at the best price. The Tail Tamer Rainbow Curved Mane & Tail Paddle Brush is by far the best brush I have ever used on my horses tails. They have the least amount of tail hair loss when I use this brush and it glides easily through that special long hair.
And I know that I shouldn’t do it a lot, but I love to brush my horses tails. I mean, they just look so incredible when they are all full, and long. I just love it! But I also know that routine brushing of their tails really makes them thinner, and shorter. So typically, I try to just run one of my body brushes over them and save the real brushing for only once in a while.
But with this tail brush I don’t feel quite as guilty when it runs through their tails and leaves most of the hairs in place. Yes, I will lose a few hairs, but in general this brush has been the absolute best I have used.
Yes, I have a pair of rechargeable clippers in my grooming kit as well. While some may not feel this is a necessity, I do. I love having my clippers. Not only for keeping my horses bridle paths trimmed, but also for lots of other trimming as well.
And while I wouldn’t body clip my horses with these, but I don’t clip my horses over the winter anyways. They are perfect for routine clipping and trimming. And they are affordable at around $29.00.
I have had these clippers for almost 2 years now, and they work just as well now as they did when I first bought them. I like that I can use them with or without the cord. And I occasionally will use them on my dog too!
And I can’t forget my favorite shedding tools. Because lets face it, there are two times a year when our horses shed. And when they are shedding out their thick winter coats, it can be a pain to get rid of that hair quickly. The first tool that I love to use is my Hands on Grooming gloves. But I already talked about them, so let me share two other tools that work the best.
Yes, I know it has a strange name. And the first time I saw it I wasn’t really sure of how it would work. But let me tell you, this is the best tool for getting rid of winter coats. The flower pattern makes it easy to fit into your hand and you can make fast work of that thick winter fur!
I got mine as a fluke, it came in a Saddle Box subscription. But I am so glad I got one! But you don’t have to wait to get one in a subscription box, you can buy them on Amazon for about $6.00.
I first used this at the barn where I took my riding lessons. And I happened to be using it while the horse I was riding was shedding out his winter coat. And the amount of hair this thing could collect was incredible! And what is better is that once it’s full of hair, you simple shake it once and the hair falls away from the mitt very easily.
It also has little massage balls on it which my horses do like, so that’s an added bonus.
Your hand fits in the mitt and then you just rub in a circular pattern. It lasts a long time too, this thing is sturdy. So while I don’t use it all the time, every spring this rubber grooming mitt gets a work out from my shaggy beasts.
The Best Of The Best Grooming Tools For Your Horse
Well, there you have it. I have just given you my favorite grooming tools that I use all the time when I am grooming my horses. There are so many products available, and I have tried a lot of them because I am always looking for the best of the best. And so far, the things that I have listed above are the best of the best with honors sir, that I have found.
I have so many tools, tack, and clothing that I have tried with mixed results that I thought it might be helpful for you to have a resource for different things related to horses and their care. This way maybe I will save you some money, and heartache from buying things that aren’t worth it! I hope to have more resources here for you soon, so be sure to sign up for my email list, and join us on the journey of making the most of the time that we have with our horses!