From Endurance to Dressage
If You Have to Ask ...
In my experience, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Even so, I am occasionally tempted and even fall prey to the shiny or amazing. Right now, the StripHair grooming product is calling my name.
Have you seen it? It's all over Facebook and has even generated a thread or two on Coth. I am not a COTH member myself, too much drama, but it is a good resource for getting reviews. Invariably, someone on the site has tried whatever it is you're searching for.
On the other hand, almot none of the naysayers has even seen the StripHair in person. COTH is filled with readers/commenters who appear to thrive on negativity and a distain for life that borders on maniacle. I don't put a lot of stock in what comes from that page.
The reason I am so hesitant to indulge my curiosity is that the product, essentially two hunks of rubber, goes for $48. That's an awful exenpensive grooming product that may or may not deliver as touted. The only reason that I am even considering spending that much money is because I have some Christmas cash itching to be spent.
I've never used a cactus cloth, but maybe it works about the same for a tenth of the price. Maybe I should get one of those first. I would love to hear what you all think. Is the StripHair worth it? Am I better off with a cactus cloth? Or, if I have to ask do I already know the answer?
I am okay with my jelly scrubber and soft brush. They're paid for and work pretty well. But there's still the matter of that hundred dollar bill ...
12/29/2016 07:19:41 am
I have one of these. A friend gave it to me a year or two ago. I tried it a few times, but honestly, a metal shedding blade and/or a good stiff curry works even better and with a lot less time/labor. These little blocks of rubber (they are basically stall mats) are now lost somewhere in the bottom of my grooming box. Spend your $48 on something else, like a set of Leinster brushes.
12/30/2016 06:12:28 am
That's what I needed to hear! Scratch this one off my list!
12/30/2016 06:14:29 am
The reason I was so interested in the StripHair was because it's soft. My boys aren't fans of stiff grooming tools, but thanks for the suggestion! :0)
12/29/2016 10:12:45 am
I own the strip hair and I'm still ambivalent. I do think it's overpriced, but on shorter haired horses it's kind of fun. You really can pull some crazy gunk off their skin, but it is time consuming and the end result doesn't actually look any different to me than just regular grooming. It's a little bit Zen for me, the action of it, so I suppose in the end I do like it. There's also a learning curve to this weird swishing action to use it effectively, otherwise you're like great I could do the same thing with the palm of my hand.
12/30/2016 06:15:36 am
That's what I was afraid of. I think I'll pass, especially for the price. I don't want to be ambivalent about a $50 grooming tool. Thank you!!!!
So I have a sleekEZ and it's way better than the strip hair. I felt like none of the products did anything. It didn't work on my horse or my saddle pads as promised. Definitely not something I would recommend. The SleekEZ rocks though and I have one for he barn and home for the dogs.
12/30/2016 06:16:19 am
If my boys weren't so thinned skinned, I might give that a try. :0)
I have the SleekEZ which I think is a similar idea. I used it a couple of times and it now sits at the bottom of my tack trunk forgotten. I found that a curry comb, especially the metal ones, worked much better. Plus the way you have to grip the SleekEZ left me with much dirtier/hairier hands than a curry comb.
12/30/2016 06:18:31 am
I guess I was looking for a miracle. In all honesty, you're right. A bit of elbow grease usually works better than anything else. :0)
12/30/2016 08:52:16 am
How do they make things look so good on video? If they all worked as well as they show, I'd be super poor!!!
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About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
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