This article is intended for those of you who want to buy a basic grooming kit, rather than buy the grooming tools piece by piece. This can be a quick and convenient way to get your grooming kit off to a flying start, but there are a number of factors to consider when selecting the best horse grooming kit for your needs.
There are a large number of grooming kits on the market that you wouldn’t want to buy. In many cases this is because of the quality of the grooming tools. “What’s the difference?” you ask. It’s just going to be used to brush a horse. Well, if you want your tools to last more than a few days you REALLY want to get good quality grooming stuff.
Horses are big, hairy and often very, very dirty. This means your brushes etc. are probably going to see a lot of use. Add in to the mix the fact that they will often end up on the ground, trodden on by both you and your horse, and I’m sure you start to see why it’s important you look for rugged, durable, well made grooming tools.
If you’re going to the trouble of buying a kit, choose the one that best suits your needs in terms of what you want. For example, a lot I have seen include a sweat scraper but don’t have a curry comb. I find that very strange, but that’s just me, and this type of kit would not suit me.
So, decide what you want your kit to contain upfront. If you’re not too sure this list might help. In my opinion things that you absolutely can’t do without include curry comb, dandy brush and hoof pick.
However, don’t compromise on quality simply to buy a kit that has everything. If you find a good quality kit that’s close to what you want, you can still add to it by buying the other items singly.
Price is always important as no-one wants to throw their money away. You can get some really good deals on horse grooming kits if you look around, but beware! You may find your super-duper kit is a tiny little thing, made of hard plastic and difficult to use, and which shatters within the first few days. Make sure you really know what you are buying.
This probably sounds like a strange one, but believe me, it’s important. Grooming tools come in different sizes, but not officially so. The dandy brushes are not labelled large, medium of small, but if you buy 3 brushes from 3 different suppliers, they will often be different sizes.
The important thing here is to make sure the brushes are not too small. If they don’t fit your hand comfortably, you will be dropping them on a regular basis and grooming will become a frustrating experience.
If however you are buying the kit for a child, it might be an idea to look for a kit specifically designed for children. The larger items can be difficult for small hands to cope with.
If you’re buying online it is sometimes difficult to guage size. Comparing the brushes to the size of the hoof pick will help give you some idea of the size.
OK, I personally don’t find colour a deal-breaker, but if you can get a kit that suits the rest of your equine ensemble, why not? It will not only look great, but coloured items are more visible and less likely to be lost or left lying around. But … and I know I’ve said this before … a quality kit in the wrong colour is still a better bet than a useless one in the right colour!
Just be aware though that many of the snazzy coloured grooming kits are designed with children in mind. So if you’are considering one of these, just make sure it’s standard size. Many are smaller than usual.
Tote Bag or Box
One big advantage to buying a grooming kit is that it sometimes comes with a bag or box to hold all the bits and pieces. In this regard then a kit with a functional, durable container would be preferable to the same kit in a plastic bag. But a plain plastic bucket works well as a grooming kit container, so if the kit is good but the container isn’t, don’t let it bother you too much 🙂
I think those are the most important things to consider. If you use the above points to evaluate any grooming kits you are considering you will be off to a good start 🙂
Is there anything else you find particularly important when buying grooming tools? Please leave me a comment – I’d love to know!
Happy grooming 🙂