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December 28, 2018 3 min read 0 Comments

During the year there are different events happening for you and your horse meaning your horse needs to look on top form. This guide will help you to understand the different brushes and how to get your horse competition ready!

Types of grooming brushes

There are many types of grooming brushes that are suitable for different things whilst grooming your horse. They include:

Dandy Brush

  • This brush has long stiff bristles which help with removing dry dirt from the surface of the coat. This brush can be used on the less sensitive parts of the horses’ body. 

Body Brush

  • This brush has soft bristles that remove the grease and dust from the horses’ coat. This can be used on the face as well. Rub a curry comb over it frequently so that you aren’t rubbing the dust back into the coat.

Metal Curry Comb

  • This comb is made from raised serrated metal to remove dust and dirt from body brushes

Rubber Curry Comb

  • This has cone shaped rubber bristles which remove mud and loose hair from the horse.

Water Brush

  • This has stiff bristles and can be used when putting water on the horse or to dampen the mane and tail.

Mane and Tail Brush

  • This brush is very similar to a human hair brush and its used to brush through the horse’s mane and tail to remove any knots and tangles.

 Mane Comb

  • These can be metal and plastic. They are mostly used for pulling a horse’s mane and combing sections of mane that is getting plaited.

Hoof Pick

  • They can be metal or plastic, they are used to remove dirt and stones (or anything stuck) from the horses’ hoof.


  • This can be used to clean eyes, nose, and the dock area. It can be used to clean wounds as well.

Sweat Scraper

  • This has an arched head with a handle, it is used for scraping away excess water or sweat.

Types of shampoos (available at petnpony)

NAF Show off Shampoo is an excellent option for horses competing. It shines and deeply cleans the horses coat and smells nice too! It will make the colour of your horse stand out and look healthy. Just add water.

Teatree Oil Shampoo is a natural antibacterial idea for frequent use. Teatree Oil helps to treat insect bites, stings, and ringworm. Its also been known to treat sweet itch, mud fever, rain scald, cracked hooves, saddle sores and thrush.

NAF Cooling Washhelps wash sweat and dust out of the horses’ coat. This wash is designed to cool down, relax and refresh tired muscles without having to rinse!


Winter washing

In the winter it is best to avoid bathing if possible. If your horse is young or old, then it is more recommended to not bathe them during the cold weather. There are other options to keeping your horse fresh and clean though. One option that you have is NAF warming wash. This body wash allows you to clean sweat and grease out of your horse. This wash only includes Ginger and Clary sage to wash and cleanse your horse on those cold wintery days. It doesn’t include any soap, detergents or thickening agents in the formula making it a very gentle wash. The dirt and grease are lifted leaving a slight fragrance leaving your horse smelling nice and being clean without the stress of your horse being too cold using water in the winter.
Another option is Pet Head Dry Clean Waterless Spray Shampoo. It is blueberry muffin scented, it sprays on dry coats and doesn’t need rinsing meaning its perfect to freshen your horse up in the winter.

Grooming is a great way to bond with your horse other than riding, it can be both relaxing for you and the horse. Knowing how to do it properly can not only leave you feeling satisfied at your sparkling clean horse but help improve the horses’ skin and coat condition for a happy human and a happy horse!

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Since your horse is sparkling clean, why not check out our tips and ideas on cleaning your stable blog!



Helen Best
Helen Best

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