Welding knives are an indispensable part of horse care. They are used to wipe off sweat after a strenuous workout or water after washing so that the fur dries faster. A horse sponge is essential for cleaning sensitive parts of the body.
What is a welding knife?
A sweat knife used to be a knife that was used to pull excess moisture from the horse's fur. Today it is either a long, flexible piece of metal with handles on the ends or a rubber crescent moon with a plastic handle. The advantage of a flexible metal welding knife is the possibility of honing very large areas as well as small areas. With the conventional plastic welding knife you can remove moisture from small areas. Today the sweat knife is used almost exclusively after washing the horse in order to free the coat of water as much as possible. That way the fur dries faster. Only rarely is a horse ridden so wet in recreational sports that it has to be pulled off.
The horse sponge - a must for sensitive parts of the body
Whether all-purpose sponge or soft grooming glove for horses, you should definitely have one of both in your grooming bag. The eyes, nostrils and genitals should also be cleaned regularly to prevent skin inflammation. Since this doesn't work well with a brush, you can use a soft sponge. But be careful not to use the sponge on different parts of the body, so that bacteria do not get into the eyes, for example. You can use a cleaning and massage glove to wash your horse, because it spreads the foam more easily. There are massage gloves for horses that have soft rubber nubs on one side and massage balls on the other. Many horses enjoy it very much when tense muscles are gently loosened with a massage glove.