Since I have run a Tack shop for many years, I am never surprised when a new horse owner walks in the door and asks…what should they purchase? Most big box pet stores do not carry items for use with 900 lb. animals so where do you go to get the supplies you need to keep your new pet in tip-top shape? A Tack shop will carry all the items needed and many more. You can, of course, purchase most, if not all, of the items online but be aware of the shipping costs involved.
First off, you will need to get something to keep all of your supplies portable and readily available. They make specific tack totes but don’t be afraid to improvise and use any tote that will work for your needs.
Tack tote items:
A book on grooming contains helpful advice
A soft bristled face brush for the muzzle, nose, eyes and ears.
A stiff bristle brush to remove dried mud and dirt from the body is one of the most useful tools to include. You can get one that has a strap across it for your hand or just a plain bristle brush.
Hoofs picks, tools for removal of dirt and stones from the hooves, are inexpensive and are always part of a grooming kit. Although there are many styles, they all achieve the same purpose. Decorative styles are a personal preference. You may also purchase folding styles that can easily fit into your pocket when trail riding.
At least one round rubber or plastic curry for removing dried dirt.
A mane comb is another item that should be part of your grooming kit. You can purchase them at tack stores or beauty supply stores. It is invaluable in removing knots and tangles from the mane and tail. You might also want to pick up a small bottle of detangler spray so you can slide through those tough knots.
Synthetic sponges, always useful
Many people also include a tool known as a sweat scraper, sometimes called an “Indian towel.” Its use is for removal of excess water and sweat from the horse’s body.
A small bottle of shampoo
Fly spray or wipes
Don’t forget to include a small pack of horse treats. After a grooming session it is always nice to reward your horse.
Hint: Do not limit yourself to the usual places thought of when purchasing items for your kit. Beauty supply stores have long borrowed items developed for the horse industry.
The items listed are for a basic grooming kit only. As you ride your interests may develop. A grooming kit for a show, for example, will have many more essential items added to the kit.