Curry Comb

Horses July 15, 2008 Print Friendly and PDF

Curry combs come in many varieties and sizes. They can be rubber, metal, or plastic, depending on preference.

Rubber Curry Combs
Rubber Curry Combs


  • A rubber curry comb is a useful tool in removing dirt, old hair, and debris from your horse. It can be used nearly all over a horse’s body and should be used in a circular motion. Be careful when using this brush on or under areas of the face and below the knees and hocks, as these areas have little muscle, and are sensitive areas.
  • A metal curry comb is used similarly to be rubber curry comb, however, horses tend to be more sensitive to it. Some horses have more sensitive skin and become irritated by this curry comb. The metal curry comb should not be used on the face or the lower legs.
Plastic Curry Comb
Plastic Curry Comb
  • A plastic curry comb is also useful because it removes dirt and old hair from the horse. Some plastic curry combs have a hose nozzle attachment for use while bathing a horse as well. Be careful when using a plastic curry comb as horses may be sensitive to it.

For more information about grooming, check out How to Groom a Horse and Grooming for Success.

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