Get Your Groom On: A product review of sorts

As I’ve mentioned in the last couple of posts, I’ve been grooming… a lot. But, to be completely honest, I do enjoy it and it kinda of meditative for me.  It’s especially relaxing after a long day at work and I can just zone out while currying and brushing.

waxon

I’ve noticed however that grooming isn’t something people like to do, or something people do at all anymore. More than often I see people brush their horse’s saddle area as if they were feather dusting a porcelain tea cup and call it done. Don’t get me wrong, if I’m running really short on time, I’ll usually just give a quick once over so I can be on my way.  As a kid and learning how to ride, grooming was taken seriously and your horse had to be nicely groomed or you’d get yelled at by your British Horse Society trainer. So, good grooming habits have been deeply instilled in me.

The other day another boarder came up to me and asked what kind of supplement I had Spot on and if I used some sort of spray because she looked so shiny and dappled.

image (100)

Supa shiny

I said, “No, just some good old fashioned elbow grease” and she was extremely surprised. And to be honest, that’s all it really takes, baring good nutrition. Oh, and good quality grooming tools which brings me to the product review part of this post.


For awhile I had a set of brushes that weren’t the best, but they got the job done and were cheap. The one day the barn dog decided to raid my grooming box and basically destroyed all my grooming things so I was left with nada.

image (64)

This little cute thing was to blame

I decided to take that opportunity to get myself a really nice set of brushes that would last and do a great job. After scouring the interwebs I found some German made brushes by Hass that everyone who had them loved them and said they were worth the money. Hass brushes are made from natural materials (ie: horse hair, tampico, coco fiber, etc) which really help bring up the shine in your horse’s coat and get them clean. I found a US retailer named Horse Haus that stocked them and I ended up ordering:

1. “The Best” Curry Comb

hass

PC: Horse Haus

2. Finishing Brush

Capture1

3. “Tora” Goat Hair Body Brush

goat

PC: Horse Haus

4. “Classic” Face Brush

face

PC: Horse Haus

I emailed Horse Haus with a few questions and had a response within a few hours; they even gave me a 10% off coupon code! I got the brushes and a free nice sized sample of Effol ointment in about 2-3 days. The brushes are super super nice and just by handling them you can tell they’re of great quality. When I tried them on Spot I was amazed at how much dust the curry was able to bring up and the resulting shine and softness of Spot’s coat after using the brushes. The feel of the brushes while using them is great as well, they fit my hand nicely and the leather straps lend to my hand not cramping. Yay for ergonomics!

Stefanie, the owner of Horse Haus, has a thorough 4-Part grooming video that describes how do a thorough grooming and how to get the most out of your brushes.  Durability-wise, they’ve held up extremely well to being chucked haphazardly into my grooming bag and I’ve only seen a few bristles fall out which is expected. Did I also mention that they’re just beautiful brushes? The solid wood backs are smooth and just look great.

image (3)

My now very well used brush set.

image (4)

So shiny and clean with no sprays or supplements

So, if you’re in the market for a nice set of brushes and other grooming items, I definitely recommend the brushes from Horse Haus. Horse Haus offers free shipping on orders over $75 and they ship really quickly. I’m planning on ordering a few natural sea sponges for bathing as they’re suppose to last forever  (since my synthetic ones go bad quickly) and this Effol ‘Orca’ sweat scraper that’s suppose to be amazing.

Happy Grooming!

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

15 Responses to Get Your Groom On: A product review of sorts

  1. You’re making me miss grooming so.much. I absolutely love the process and Courage HATES every second of it.

    Like

    • peonyckw says:

      Aww! I bet you could find a pony that would appreciate grooming to groom! 😉

      Like

    • peonyckw says:

      Actually, according to Stefanie’s videos she mentions that a lot of horses that don’t like being groomed just don’t like the certain brushes. I have no idea if this is true, but maybe try out some different brushes and see? Just a rando thought. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • He puts up with his own special soft brush and that’s about it. Soft rubber curry mitts= horse torture and FORGET about stiff brushes or hard curries. It’s possible he’s like something else better, but I can’t justify the $$$ given how picky he is.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. bls says:

    true confession: i hate to curry. i am a horrible, horrible horse mom.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jenn says:

    This is a great post! I had someone ask me the same thing about Roger, how I get him so shiny. Granted, he’s been put on a better grain with a joint support SmartPak and has put some good weight on, but it’s mostly my elbow grease that has gotten his shine! For me, currying is therapeutic and I really enjoy the process of grooming 🙂 Maybe I’ll have to upgrade my Oster brushes to these wood ones.

    Like

    • peonyckw says:

      Good nutrition is totally critical! The shine has to come from the inside. 🙂 Also, I might have a coupon code around to share, I’ll let you know!

      Like

  4. I’m also in the groom the horse boat. Currying is a great arm workout anyways!

    I have the orca, it’s a bit more stiff than the regular half moon type ones so my sensitive horse is not a fan. Otherwise I don’t think it’s anything special but it works!

    Like

    • peonyckw says:

      Good to know! I was reading a review on it and it seemed like it would be more durable than the normal ones. $18 is a lot to spend on a sweat scraper, but with the %20 off it just might be worth it. 😉

      Like

      • Well my old scraper did die because a horse stepped on it (after over 15 years of use!), but I have managed to keep the orca away from any hooves so I haven’t tested durability much, lol. It’s definitely a little flexible all over as opposed to be all hard plastic with a rubber piece so it might be true.

        Liked by 1 person

  5. I must be dealing with some grooming issues of my own making. I feel like no matter how much and deep I curry, or how intensely I brush, my mare is always left with a dusty base. I feel like I NEVER get her clean with currying and brushing. I end up using a damp rag and some spot remover all over to get a clean shine. What am I doing wrong?

    Like

    • peonyckw says:

      Hmmm…I would totally watch Stefanie’s 4 part videos about grooming. Very informative and it shows you each step with each different brush. The big thing for me is making sure I run my brush through my curry every few strokes to get out the dust. Then I tap the curry out on the ground so I’m not re-currying dirt back into Spot’s coat.

      Here’s the link to her videos! Hope that helps!

      http://www.horsehaus.com/how-to-groom-a-horse/

      Like

  6. emma says:

    i am that horrible barn mate that calls out the kiddos when their horses are dirty – especially if they’ve been hanging out at the barn all day. but yea, i definitely enjoy a well groomed horse (even if my mare doesn’t particularly appreciate it lol)

    Liked by 1 person

  7. sreinhold says:

    Reblogged this on Horse Wellness Blog and commented:
    It is always great to hear when someone gets good results with some of the How To’s I provide. Especially happy about this blog post about grooming with ‘elbow grease’ instead of chemicals. Enjoy!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s