How could something so small generate the worthiness of writing a blog post about it? Well, after many years of searching for the perfect hoof pick, and using others that I thought worked great, I have finally found the ultimate hoof pick. And it costs $2.49! I think that’s worthy of a review, what do you think?
So first, let’s talk about a hoof pick. It’s a fairly simple tool, right? And yes it is. It’s a bent piece of metal with a handle to make it easier for you to clean your horses hooves. But sometimes you need to remove excess debris, or mud as well. And a traditional hoof pick isn’t really the only thing you need. Then you have to go find a hoof brush, or something extra to get the job done.
For myself, personally, I like to have one tool that does all of these things. Which leads me to the ultimate hoof pick, again, in my opinion.
Well let me introduce you to the best, handiest hoof pick ever. It’s from Corro. Of course, Corro would offer something like this!
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Hoof picks are hoof picks right? I mean, how much difference can there be in a hoof pick? Well, plenty actually. And finding the perfect hoof pick has taken me years!
The Ultimate Hoof Pick Brush
Looking at the hoof pick, it doesn’t really look like anything ultra special. I mean, it’s a hoof pick right? Oh no – this isn’t just any hoof pick. Let me show you.
First let’s look at the size, and compare this hoof pick to a typical hoof pick. And I should say hoof pick with a brush, because having the brush on the opposite side is super helpful. I have transitioned to this style of hoof pick quite some time ago because of the multipurpose factor.
But look at the hoof picks together.
Can you see a difference? Possibly, but maybe not. SO let me tell you the difference. Can you see the way the Corro hoof pick handle has little waves, or grooves for your hand to wrap around it?
The other hoof pick does too, but it’s longer, and the handle is more round. Which for my hand is more difficult to wrap around and control.
The grooves are helpful whether you are wearing gloves or barehanded. It helps to keep the hoof pick in place while you are using it. It also gives a little bit of extra when you need some tension to get built up mud, manure, dirt, or even snow out of the hoof. So the grooved handle is very helpful.
Next let’s look at the brushes of both hoof picks.
The standard hoof pick brush does have a brush, and it is very helpful.
However, the Corro hoof pick brush is longer, and actually stiffer, which makes it that much more helpful. The stiff bristles work great for getting rid of debris out of the hoof, or even to get mud or dirt off the outside of the hoof.
Sometimes Plezant will have hard mud on his hooves, and I don’t want to wash it off – that takes a lot more time. I want to be able to get the mud off and apply my hoof conditioner and be done. I’m sure Plezant feels the same way. So I want quick.
Corro Hoof Pick Brush
The stiff, longer bristles of the Corro hoof pick make it easier for me to brush off the dried mud from his hooves.
It is also helpful to remove the dried little mud clods that sometimes get near his fetlocks, or by his heels.
So the brush of this hoof pick is superior to the other hoof pick brushes I have found. You can even use it as a tiny scrub brush if you are washing and cleaning hooves. It works great for that as well.
The Difference Between Hoof Pick Brushes
And of course I have to talk about the most important part of the hoof pick – the pick itself.
And again, looking at both hoof picks, this is where you can really see the difference between the Corro hoof pick, and the traditional hoof pick brush.
The traditional one has a metal pick part, but the metal is actually pretty flimsy. And there have been many times when the pick has bent while I am trying to use it.
But the Corro hoof pick is substantial, and strong. I have tried to bend it, and that just isn’t possible with this hoof pick. It is STRONG!
It is also a little bit longer than the others, which for me, means that it’s easier to use. And if it’s easier to use, I’m going to use it more right? Right!
I can clean my horses hooves more efficiently, and better with the Corro hoof pick.
The Ultimate Hoof Pick Brush
And with all of these features, you would assume that it costs more right? Wrong! The Corro hoof pick is more affordable than the traditional hoof pick brushes! Yep! The Corro hoof pick brush is $2.49, and the traditional hoof pick brush is $3.10 at the lowest price I could find it online.
Now Smart Pak has a hoof pick with the name “The Ultimate Hoof Pick” and it costs $18.99 for the junior version!
So maybe Corro should call theirs the ultimate hoof pick brush – because that’s what it is in my opinion.
The hoof pick brush from Corro works well, it’s sturdy, and it’s always easy for me to find because of the color. I think they have thought everything through with this hoof pick brush. I bought this on a whim, just to have an extra hoof pick. And I am SO glad that I did.
Sometimes trying something out is the best way to find new tools, or products for my horses. And hopefully it is helpful for you so you can make the most of the time that you have with your horse as well.