Repost of “It’s time to rotate your curry.”

 

It’s time to rotate the head of your metal curry. In 1980 Cheryl and I worked for Don Nesbitt, (1907-1988).  He was the 1932  Cowboy Hall of Fame World All-Around  Rodeo Champion.  He loved using a metal curry to groom with, even for the mane and tail.  He was a crusty old cowboy who made a fortune running a D-9 Caterpillar in the swamps of Florida.   He taught us to rotate the head of a metal curry.  If you look closely, the teeth on each side of the curry are different lengths.  Each side IS different!!!!!  This time of year it’s time to use the longer teeth.  Horses hair coats are growing so look to see if you are using the longer teeth that work better on longer hair coats.  In the Spring I rotate the head to the shorter teeth.  Since the horses are shedding at that time the hair builds up in the teeth.  It is much easier to flip the hair out of the shorter teeth than the longer ones.  The shorter teeth are also less scratchy to the horse’s skin when they have their finer summer hair coats.  So rotate the head of your curry to the correct teeth length for each season and length of hair coat.  But wait, easier said than done.  Often the spring is rusted or full of gunk.  It can be a bit of a chore to pull the metal circles up from the handle in order to rotate them.  Some lubricant and putting the handle in a vice might be necessary the first time.  It gets easier the more you do it.  Happy grooming.

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