A horse grooming kit is a staple in every rider’s tack room. Grooming has many health benefits and it’s a great way to bond with your horse too. It’s important to take good care of your horse’s grooming kit, which involves cleaning it thoroughly too. After all, if your grooming brushes are dirty, your horse’s coat will be too.
“How often you clean your horse’s grooming kit depends on how often you use the brushes,” advises top groom Jenny Ellis. “My horse is kept out in a field, so after grooming him once a day, I’ll put my brushes in the washing machine once a week – usually at a weekend when I’ve got more time.”
To wash your horse’s grooming kit, Jenny recommends putting brushes in the washing machine. You can buy wash-proof bags to put the brushes inside, in order to protect your washing machine from loose hair. It helps to muffle the sound of spinning brushes too.
“I put my brushes on a cool wash with non-biological washing powder, but no conditioner,” says Jenny. “I’ll also add a numnah or furry girth cover to the wash to add a bit of padding for the machine.”
Here are a selection of horse grooming kits available to buy.
The Someh Classic Collection
This set comprises a group of eight essential grooming brushes that enable you to achieve a show ring shine with ease. They are designed to be used in a specific order; each brush has a particular job and makes light work of grooming whatever your horse’s coat colour. This set has been created in conjunction with leading grooming experts HAAS. All but one of the brushes can be popped in the washing machine at 30°C to keep them clean and free of bacteria.
Alan Davies Signature Pack of Brushes
Designed by Carl Hester’s groom Alan Davies, this pack has nine grooming essentials. The Unique All-Rounder removes hair from rugs and numnahs; Mr Flicky removes dust and bedding from your horse; Polisher brush removes fine dust; the Face Brush has soft, effective natural bristles; Quarter Marker helps you create quarter marks; Stud brush is a hoof pick with brush, and Mr Glossy’s soft hairs make your horse gleam. The Unique Curry Comb and a grooming bag complete the set.
HY Sport Active Grooming Bag
Colours: Bubblegum pink, amethyst purple, spearmint green, terracotta orange, rosette red, midnight navy, aegean green, emerald green
A smart, sturdy bag for your grooming essentials, complete with six open pockets to hold all your lotions and potions. It features an easy-to-clean lining, a zip pocket with a name identifier and a space for valuables. A reinforced base and studs helps prevent damage. It contains a mane and tail brush, mane comb, body brush, dandy brush, face brush, sweat scraper and hoof pick.
LeMieux Flexi Brush Grooming Kit
Colours: Navy, burgundy, dijon, oak, rioja
This all-in-one kit contains a full set of LeMieux Flexi Brushes, the flexible design of which allows you to reach almost every part of your horse’s body for effective grooming. All in a smart ProKit Lite Grooming Bag.
Each kit contains a curry comb, a goat hair body brush, a horsehair body brush, a massage comb with soft rubber nodules that stimulate circulation, a scrubbing brush with coarser bristles that makes light work of getting tough dirt and stains out, a soft body brush and a LeMieux tangle tidy for manes and tails.
Renwick and Sons Luxury Equestrian Grooming Kit
This luxury grooming kit contains nine tools, each designed around an ergonomic hardwood body. They are available in four sizes to ensure the brushes fit your hand comfortably and in five leather strap colours — plus you can have the strap embossed with your name or horse’s name (for an additional cost).
The bristles are Renwick & Son’s own unique blend of anti-bacterial and anti-frizz Monotec bristles, from super-soft for the face and finishing brushes to the stiff dandy brush bristles.
KBF99 Grooming Kit
The KBF99 product range has been developed to help protect and safeguard horses from contracting certain diseases. KBF99, a special treatment applied to plastic, has been tested using international standards and found to be over 90% effective against strangles, ringworm, e. coli and mycotoxin.
This kit contains a body brush, standard dandy brush, long fibre dandy brush, bucket brush, face brush, hoof brush, mane and tail brush, sweat scraper, mane comb, plaiting comb, hoof pick and curry comb.