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