Curry Combs?

I had another awesome lesson tonight! Do you know how good it feels to be able to say that? And even when the lesson is “bad,” like the one I had a few weeks ago when Dandy refused to turn and we spent the whole lesson working on getting him off my leg, the lesson wasn’t really bad because I still learned a ton and I didn’t leave scared. That is really the best part about the last few months, I’m not scared of him anymore. Not saying I’m 100% confident in my own ability yet, but that will come.

We started the circle of death, though we did it just with poles on the ground. I was working so hard trying to get him to collect and hit the stride but I didn’t start seeing progress until I started focusing more on getting to the poles in the center and less on where Dandy’s head was. JLE then started adding jumps and I would do the circle and then “veer” off the circle to hit a jump. The best part about today was that I didn’t feel scared about any of the jumps we went over and they were all set at BN height.

But, I actually have a question for all my readers. How the heck do you curry a horse who can’t stand the curry? I’ve tried everything. I have normal curry combs, fancy curry combs, soft face curries, the jelly scrub… Dandy can’t stand any of them and he is a dirty horse. He’s like Pig Pen. Thank the gods that he isn’t gray. Today I was using the jelly scrub and he tried to take my arm off.

So help a girl out, how do I get him cleaned from day to day without a curry comb?

20 thoughts on “Curry Combs?

  1. That one is tough. You would think that with a barn full of sensitive skinned thoroughbreds, I would have a good answer. I usually have a rubber curry comb, a really stiff bristled brush, and one of those cheap plastic bristled brush things that people often use to scrub while bathing that I rotate between. Usually, they will tolerate at least one of them and not try to kill me.

  2. What about those grooming blocks? I know people mostly use them for shedding but they pull dirt from a coat pretty well and maybe he’d tolerate that sensation since it keeps the direction of the hair.

  3. Emi loves any kind of curry and Roz really hates being brushed. He was a muddy mess tonight and I tried to clean him up with the jelly scrubber but he was not in to it. Surprisingly, he actually tolerates the plastic epona shedding flower really well. I just rub it in the direction of the hair and don’t actually use it like I would use a regular curry comb. It’s still not his favorite thing but he will tolerate it.

    1. And I even already have one of those. I love situations that don’t involve spending more money! (Though I do like buying things… go figure that one out. Lol.)

      1. I second this! My horse HATES brushing, currying especially and this has really helped me knock the dirt and mud off!

  4. Rags.

    Hemie is sensitive too, and I’ll use the jelly curry only in the direction of the hair, very lightly. Otherwise rags are my go-to.

    But the real secret is to spray the entire body down with a grooming solution after each ride (I use Healthy HairCare moisturizer), I’ve found it helps prevent dirt from really attaching to the hair, making it faster and easier to clean up before the next ride.

    1. I think that’s what I’m going to have to do. I had a trainer once who would spray show sheen on every day but I’m really not a fan of that product for long term use. I definitely have to get him clean first though. 🙂

  5. The only thing stampede puts up with is a soft rubber curry mitt. I tried the shed flower in one direction and the regular jelly curry and he wanted to kill me with both. Hope you find one your boy likes, they all have preferences.

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