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The stuff you need to care for your horse
There are many things you need to keep on hand for cleaning your tack and taking care of your horse. Food supplements are also an important horse supply.

Horse Supply for Cleaning Tack

  • Bucket, an absolute necessity
  • Saddle soap, you'll use it to clean all leatherwork
  • Sponges, this is what you use to apply the saddle soap
  • Stiff brush, to remove mud and and hair from non-leather girths
  • Saddle oil, to protect the leather
  • Brush, use it to apply the oil
  • Metal polish, for the saddle metal work (never the bit)
  • Towels and cloths
  • Hoof oil, to protect the hooves

First Aid Supply

  • Antiseptics, chlorhexidine is best
  • Crepe bandage, for the legs
  • Scissors, with rounded ends for cutting dressings and trimming hair
  • All-purpose dressings, for wounds
  • Other types of dressings such as hydrophilic polyurethane
  • Zip-up bandage, easy to put on and take off when a dressing needs to be changed often

Grooming Kit

You should have a grooming kit for each horse to prevent the spread of any infections. This kit will include

  • body brush for removing dust from the coat, mane and tail
  • metal curry comb for cleaning out the body brush
  • rubber or plastic curry comb for removing dried-on mud
  • dandy brush for removing heavy dirt and dust (don't use on a clipped horse)
  • hoof pick for cleaning out the feet
  • hoof oil for oiling the hooves
  • cotton wool pads or sponges for cleaning the eyes, nose, and dock (use a separate one for each area)


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