Welcome, spring! For horse owners, this is the time of year when you find more horse hairs in your mouth than you’d like to admit, your favorite barn jacket is in need of extra washings, and you’ve officially unpacked your shedding tools. My horses shed a little later than the others here at Rocking E since they live outside full time. Nonetheless, their time has too come and I feel like I could make some crazy organic knitted sweaters from all the fluff accumulating around my trailer. Who knows, maybe it would be a hit among city-dwellers on etsy. On second thought…
This is a brief overview of my favorite tools to use, starting from my least favorite, to my brand new favorite tool for shedding OF ALL TIME! There are many other fancy tools, but these are the tools I have on hand or can buy locally.
1. Rubber Curry
Okay, okay, I realize that this is the most well-known and frequently used shedding tool out there, but does it really work that well? I’ve decided it’s about useless for me. First off, it’s stiff and uncomfortable for my horses. They just don’t seem to enjoy it and I feel like I have to press pretty hard to get hair out. On the flip side, these aren’t too bad for roughing up dried mud.
2. Massaging Rubber Curry
For being so closely related to the first curry, this one is very different in my opinion. I like that the teeth are longer and create a more massaging effect. I also like that it’s easier to hold, thus making a circular motion easier than the original curry. You have to be careful to not press too hard and not use it on the legs and face, but other than that I give this curry a thumbs up.
3. Farnam Slick’n’Easy Grooming Block
These are pretty cool little babies. They pull hair out pretty well! They also double as a bot egg remover. Gotta love dual purpose products! There are a few drawbacks, though. You have to keep the edges blunt so you lose a lot of block every time you scrape down the sides. It doesn’t have a long surface area so grooming with a block takes a while. Lastly, it’s hard to use on the legs and face.
4. Single Shedding Blade
I have just started using this blade and I’m in love. It’s old school, I know, but it works. They’re fairly inexpensive too. Just be careful if you have sensitive horses, and of course don’t use on the face or legs.
5. Double-sided Rubber curry mitt
And now my all-time favorite shedding tool! Yes, it’s pink. Yes, it has glitter. Yes, I found it in the children’s grooming section at Atwoods. Yes, IT IS AWESOME. It’s rubber, but not too stiff. It fits perfectly in your hand. It gently, but effectively, removes hair. It pulls dirt to the surface, and the best thing is it has a side specifically for the face and legs. We have a winner!