What are the nicest brushes for shine and getting rid of Dirt? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 19 Old 07-21-2013, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Smile What are the nicest brushes for shine and getting rid of Dirt?

For my old horse, Chester (a bay), i just bought some brushes at a farm store near my barn, but I'm getting a new horse, a palomino, and this time I want to get some really nice brushes. I need some suggestions on the best brushes for shine and ability to get rid of dirt. Any specific brands or materials to look for and that horses seem to like?

And any other supplies you'd suggest? Specific curry combs, mane and tail brushes, hoof picks?

Thank you so much!
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post #2 of 19 Old 07-21-2013, 09:32 PM
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First off welcome to the forum!

The brush brand I really like is Oster. They make a really good selection of grooming supplies all the way to clippers.
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post #3 of 19 Old 07-21-2013, 09:38 PM
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The ones you hold in your hand. Getting and keeping a great coat on your horse(s) takes effort.

Honestly, I've been a professional groom for decades. I know too many other grooms to count. At one point in my life I bought all high end brushes, and like everyone else I have met, found that they didn't do any better than a run-of-the-mill, mid-grade brush, curry, etc.

I have noticed that if a brush or other grooming tool fits my hand comfortably, I tend to be more relaxed when grooming and pay more particular attention to the results.
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Best "brush" ive ever used is a long bristle soft brush. But the best tool ive ever used to remove FINE dirt is a sllliigghtttllyyy damp rag! Rags are like the sham-wows of the horse world to me. hahhaha
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post #5 of 19 Old 07-21-2013, 11:58 PM
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I like the soft black rubber curry combs to start (the ones with a rubber hand strap too, not the nylon hand strap, the rubber on those seems too hard to me.)

Then I use a stiff brush- one with dense, soft plastic, crimped bristles.

Medium stiffness brush- I use one with dense horse hair bristles.

Soft brush- Soft, short, dense bristles. Mine is a cheapy synthetic one, I'd like to get a goat hair one for the body like I have a mini one for the face but they're pricey.

I'd like to get a sheepskin mitt for polishing...but that's just because I'm obsessed with soft things lol A soft towel will do for the final step.

I believe that the majority of getting good grooming results is what you do, not what you do it with, however great tools that you're comfortable with can only help.

I suggest you:
-Curry until you can't curry anymore! Use firm pressure.
-Use your stiff brush as your work horse, use it in short sweeps with a flick at the end. When you stop seeing large flakes of skin and huge clouds of dirt coming off your horse it's time to switch to the medium brush.
-Use the medium brush in the same flicking motion as the stiff brush, switch to the soft brush when you can only see a light dusting of dirt on your horse's coat...almost like its hovering above your horse.
-Use long smooth strokes with the soft brush, same with the towel.
-Clean your brushes often throughout the grooming process! It will help you achieve a sparkling horse more easily. You can use a metal curry comb on the bristled brushes, but I prefer to just use my opposite hand. Turn away from the horse, hold the brush with the bristles facing up or sideways and take the side of your other palm, place it on the bristles farthest away from you and pull towards your body until you no longer see large amounts of dirty flying off. For the curry comb you can just bang it once or twice flat on the ground or a stall wall.

Good luck!
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post #6 of 19 Old 07-22-2013, 06:43 PM
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Back in the old days, when any brush was hard to come by, much less a quality brush, we put the final polish on our horses with freshly shelled corn cobs

The corn oil residual on the cobs, gave the coat a nice sheen without leaving the coat sticky to the touch

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post #7 of 19 Old 07-22-2013, 09:11 PM
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The Oster horsehair soft brush does wonders on that last swipe to add shine. My horse was a very thin skinned TB and I couldn't even use a medium brush on him without him hitting the rafters. The long bristle soft followed by that shorter bristle horsehair was great.
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Elbow grease ;)
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It all depends on your hand! I used to like the standard size brushes, but now my hands are weaker, and I prefer the smaller size. I like the small black soft rubber curries, and I like the hoof picks that have the flat plastic handle. The Oster pick is great too, but expensive.

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post #10 of 19 Old 07-23-2013, 08:28 AM
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I definitely agree that Oster is the way to go. Lovelove my Oster brushes.

But, you should know, you can't get dirt off and shine on with ONE brush and ONE step. You must first remove all dirt with a stiffer brush, then go back with a finishing brush to add shine.
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