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    02-02-2012, 01:13 PM
Good thread. I'm glad somebody mentioned rubber curries bc I have worn out more of those brushes than anything else. I especially like the small, fit in your palm rubber currycombs. I can curl them around tough places on their legs and scrub the dirt. When I first got my horses these plastic mini-brustled brushes were the hot item--I never like them. I also don't care for the "massage" rubber round brushes. I tried them and my horses found them too rough--maybe it's just me.
Thanks, Joe, for the link--I'll DEFINITELY buy from them instead of China, ANY DAY OF THE WEEK!!
I also wanna say that I've collected lots of brushes, synthetic and natural, over the years. The worn out ones are now being used for other jobs, like dusting the 2 x 4 horizontal supports in the loft, to clean them up after the hay's gone and before I start stacking new.
Don't forget--you can use pebbled gloves to brush your horse's faces, and they think you're massaging them. Very safe, too! =D
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    02-02-2012, 01:48 PM
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So many people just throw their hands up and say "every thing is made in china"
That is not true, lots of things are made in north america, and it is pretty simple to find domestic products. Also make it a point next time you go to a tack store that you ordered the USA made brushes because you didnt want to buy the Chinese ones they stock. Ask them to stock the domestic brands you buy.
    02-02-2012, 05:37 PM
Originally Posted by skittlesfirehawk    
what brushes do you use?
I use some from Stubben, some from a brand called Showmaster, and the rest of them are called Borstiq I think (produced in Sweden).
I don’t know it these are well-known brands other places than Scandinavia?
And mine have lasted for years and years! Only reason for me to buy new ones is if I misplace them…
    02-05-2012, 04:02 AM
i have both

I have synthetic brushes for getting mud off and rough brushing
When I want a show quality presentation I use a natural brush. They say it brings the oil to the surface of the coat and makes it alot more shiny.

That has been my experience. I hate to spend 20. On a brush but I'm telling you I lost my nice natural brush and my horses were no where near as well turned out.... had to pony up the dough and buy another natural.
    02-05-2012, 11:42 AM
I prefer natural brushes and will shell out the money for nice ones.

However I am a groom so I am more invested in my tools than most. It's (currently) my livelihood.
    02-05-2012, 03:27 PM
Originally Posted by Strange    
I prefer natural brushes and will shell out the money for nice ones.

However I am a groom so I am more invested in my tools than most. It's (currently) my livelihood.
what brand do you use?
    02-06-2012, 09:43 PM
I have used both multiply times. By the way I usually buy all brushes under $20
I have found that depending on what you like, brand, and price they all differ.
I have had bristles of both kinds fall out, I have had plastic and wooden handles rub my skin off when I brush with them, and I have found both that are perfect
I would look at reviews first before you buy either kind of brush and from then on it's a personal preference
    02-12-2012, 06:45 PM
Natural brushes work the best, I leave the synthetic ones for really muddy or wet areas.

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