Need some help choosing a horse grooming kit? There is a wide variety of grooming kits available, so it’s important to know how to find the one that suits you best. Here you’ll find reviews on 4 very different grooming kits, evaluated using the following criteria:
Hilason 10 Piece Premium Horse Grooming Kit
Available From: eBay
Price: From $39.95
The Hilason 10 Piece Grooming Kit is a good quality kit containing a hoof pick, 2 curry combs (coarse and fine), a body/face brush, a mane and tail brush and two sponges and a comb. The tools are of standard size – ie. usable by an adult and come packed in a really nifty good size tote bag.
Two sponges is a good idea – one for the face and one for the nether regions. However, I do not understand the inclusion of a sweat scraper and somewhat useless comb (unless your horse’s mane and/or tail are like silk), whilst excluding a dandy brush. I would also like to see a brush combined with the hoof pick – very useful.
The brushes are of a somewhat unique design, being more round than usual. Hilason refers to this as “palm held” – the body of the brush sits neatly in the palm of your hand, as opposed to sitting across your hand extending out either side. I find this design quite usable, but being a bit of a traditionalist prefer the older style brush design. However, it’s just a matter of personal taste.
The tote bag is great. It zips closed (helps prevent loss of tools), has several very useful exterior pockets and appears to be durable and long lasting (my is still reasonable good after a number of months). It has a removable padded shoulder strap which is great when you are trying to carry multiple things at once. It also has strong, reinforced webbing handles and is available in a variety of colors.
Speaking of color – the grooming tools themselves are not color coordinated with the tote bag, which I find a little strange as Hilason produces a wide range of tools of various colors.
The quality of the kit is good and the finish is excellent. No brushes falling apart here! It is obviously it is intended as a working grooming kit, not a child’s play thing. Given the quality, this kit is very reasonably priced between $39.95 and $49.95.
Overall the Hilason 10 Piece Grooming Kit is a good general kit, although personally I would prefer to buy one that included a dandy brush.
Weaver Leather Grooming Kit
Available From: Amazon
Price: From $27.00
The Weaver Leather Grooming Kit contents comprise an almost perfect basic grooming kit. You get a hoof pick, curry comb, body brush, dandy brush and sweat scraper. Again, I’d rather a sponge or rubber than a sweat scraper, but just my opinion!
The quality of the tools looks good, and I have not experienced any issues with my kit. However, there have been a few negative reports relating to the quality, so keep this in mind when deciding on a kit.
In common with the Hilason grooming kit, the brushes are of the round “palm held” design. I would say the size of the grooming tools is medium. Could easily be used by a child or most adults, but probably would not suit someone with very large hands.
The kit is available in 2 colour combinations – black/beige and grey/pink. Both combinations are tastefully done – no screaming fluorescent hues to shatter your day 🙂 The brushes are also color coordinated to suit the tote bag, being either beige or pink.
The tote bag itself is of good quality, but has a drawstring closure rather than a zip.
The Weaver Leather Grooming Kit is well priced at between $27 and $35 (depending where you buy).
Derby Originals Deluxe 9 Item Horse Grooming Kit
Available From: eBay
Price: From $27.00
The Derby Originals Grooming Kit is another option you may be considering. The kit is well put together, with everything the basic grooming kit should contain. Specifically it contains a hoof pick, curry comb, dandy brush, body/face brush, sponge, sweat scraper and 2 combs.
I particularly like the fact that it contains both a dandy brush and a sponge. In addition, the hoof pick includes a brush, enabling you to brush the dust out of all the nooks and crannies of the hoof. As well as that, the kit comes in a number of different colors (green, red, pink and purple), so there is sure to be one that appeals to you.
However, the quality of this kit leaves something to be desired. The tools are usable, but are largely hard plastic which is not durable in an equine environment. The combs in particular are not as robust as one would like. If your horse has a thick mane or a full tail, you are going to need a brush, not a flimsy comb.
The container (hardly a tote) is also disappointing. Whilst it does have some good features – a zip top and a padded shoulder strap – it is not built to last. Prepare yourself therefore to find an alternative grooming kit container if you with this option.
You also need to be aware that the brushes are little smaller than average. Perfect for a child or small teen, but probably not a good pick for an adult.
The Derby Originals Grooming Kit is priced between $27 and $32, which I think a bit expensive for what it is. It is a great beginner’s grooming kit for a child, but I wouldn’t consider it for myself.
Oster Equine Care Series 7-Piece Grooming Kit
Available From: Amazon
Price: From $60.00
The Oster 7 Piece Grooming Kit is the last kit I want to review. The contents of this kit are exactly what you want – curry comb, dandy brush, body brush, hoof pick, tail brush and mane and tail comb. Add a sponge/rubber yourself and there you have it – everything you really need 🙂
The quality too is excellent. These tools are well made, sturdy and ergonmically designed. The rubber strip around the edge of the brushes ensures a secure hold without excess effort. The bristles are firm and well implanted, secure enough to deal with the thickest hair. You will not have a quality issue with this product!
My only complaint regarding the tools is that the hoof pick does not have an attached brush 🙁
The storage bag is a little different in design to the other kits in this post. It is basically a compact, fold open kit, with bands to hold the tools in place. Whilst this makes it easy to store and transport, I find it easier to use a bag that I can lob the tools back into, rather than have to carefully put each piece back in its place. However the quality is consistent with the tools – excellent – and this style of bag is popular with many people.
The size of the brushes is a good compromise. They are large enough to used easily by an adult, without being excessive. In addition, the design coupled with the light weight means they can also easily be used by a child.
The Oster Grooming Kit comes in 2 colors – blue or pink. The colors are soft and easy on the eye, but are still vibrant enough to stand out and brighten up the day.
The price is a little more than the other grooming kits – around the $60 mark – but in my opinion this kit is value for money. It has what you need, it looks good and, most importantly, it will go the distance.
So there you have it – a look at 4 very different horse grooming kits evaluated by yours truly. Of course, what you choose in will depend on the circumstances. You’d probably buy a different grooming kit as a child’s gift than if you were buying for your own use.
If you’re looking for a long lasting, quality grooming kit to use on a daily basis you really can’t beat the Oster Equine Care Series 7 Piece Grooming Kit. It is a bit more expensive than the others, but the quality really is much better.
The Hilason and Weaver Leather grooming kits both have a reasonable complement of tools and are cheaper than the Oster 7 Piece kit. A reasonable choice for light use.
The Derby Originals is brightly coloured, small and cheap, but is not really up to any heavy use. Maybe a good present for a horse-crazy child 🙂
I hope that this information has been helpful. If you have any thoughts on the above, of know of any grooming kit you consider particularly good (or bad!) please let me know with a comment below.
Merry grooming 🙂