| Kits for Kids |
Bright colors and fun shapes can appeal to children while they're learning the process of responsible horse care. Additionally, many manufacturers produce petite-sized tools that are easier for tiny hands to hold. Here are some appealing items for your child's grooming kit-and some great ways to store the items too!
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Pony brushes-Look for pony brushes to suit small hands. Designed to better accommodate the smaller features of a pony's body, the smaller-sized brushes are lighter in weight and easier for children to handle. Your child will need a brush with stiff bristles and a brush with soft bristles.
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Soft rubber curry in a small size-Your child will need a soft curry to loosen dirt and hair on the horse.
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Hoof pick-Your child must have a hoof pick in his or her grooming kit to learn proper hoof care. For added fun in learning to clean a horse's hooves, consider a hoof pick with a fun color or shape, such as the Jelly Welly Hoof Pick.
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Shedding tools-While a metal shedding blade with its pointed teeth may be inappropriate for your child depending on his or her age, a Shed Flower is an easy and fun to use alternative with slightly gentler action.
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To corral your child's brushes and curries, consider a colorful heart shaped pail, a plastic grooming tote with handle, a grooming box with lid or a fabric grooming tote bag with lots of individual pockets for grooming tools.
|Pre-assembled packages of grooming tools are also available and make attractive kits for kids. Consider the Roma Ultimate Grooming Kit, which comes in a covered box in pink, purple and blue, or the Oster 7-Piece Equine Care Series Kit, which comes in a soft-sided bag in pink and blue color schemes. |
Differences between Synthetic and Natural Bristled Brushes
When you're considering the type of brushes to purchase, keep the points outlined here in mind:
Natural Bristle Brushes
- Tend to be slightly more costly than synthetic bristle brushes.
- With proper care, stand up to many years of use.
- Made from horse hair, goat hair or pig hair that some equestrians believe produces a better end result to grooming.
- Typically have wooden handles that should not be bleached or left to soak.
Synthetic Bristle Brushes
- Available in budget-friendly price points.
- Plastic-backed brushes can be soaked in a mixture of bleach and water for cleaning.
- Come in a variety of bright color combinations.
- Can be used during bath time with no negative effect of the soap on the brush.
For more assistance or to request a catalog, call 1-800-989-1500 to speak with a Dover Saddlery product advisor, or stop by any of our retail stores. Visit DoverSaddlery.com for a complete store listing and the full product offering.
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