A currycomb is used to clean a horse or cow. The coarse dried dirt can be gently scraped off the skin with it. The currycomb also opens the sweat holes of the horse skin (1).
The currycomb consists of a metal plate with two to eight rows of short (approx. 3 mm) blunt teeth and a handle (approx. 10 cm) or strap for putting the hand through. The working part can have different shapes. For example, it can consist of serrated plates that are mounted parallel in a wooden or to an iron plate or frame (approx. 15 by 10 cm). It can also be a semi-cylindrical plate, where both sides are serrated, or consist of different serrated rings that are mounted on a plate or crossbar. Nowadays a rubber disc with studs is also used.
The currycomb can be combined with a mane comb, the blunt teeth of which are much longer.
Distinguished from the soft horse brush, used to clean and smooth the horse's short hair. [MOT]