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I'm looking to buy some new brushes and I'm into being all natural so i was wondering what your thoughts are.right now i have synthetic brushes.If you use either why do you like them and which do you think is better?if you could say what brand you use that would be great too.
 

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I bought some natural ones once and all the bristles fell out very easily...I wasnt impressed. Now I pretty use only Oster brushes which I really like :)
 

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I had the same problem. Unless you want to spend 150 dollars on brushes, synthetic is the way to go. There are low and high quality all natural brushes. Unless you want to buy the high quality ones, I would just stick to the fake ones.
 

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Agreed, a lot of money for a natural brush, or a little bit of money for something that also works well.
 

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I’m never going back to synthetics again. I absolutely love my natural brushes! First of all my horse is outside the most of the day and normally without rugs, so when it’s raining he need to have most of the natural grease that’s in the coat, and by my experience the natural brushes leaves more of that grease than the synthetic ones. And when I use the synthetic brushes I get static shocks from my horse when I touch him, and neither of us likes that..
(Excuse my English, hope you understand me anyway)
 

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I have a stubben hog hair body brush, its amazing!

Absolutely love it.

I do also have synthetic brushes for face and legs, and they work just as well, but my Stubben has lasted me 4 years of every day use. Wouldn't swap it for the world ;D
 

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I’m never going back to synthetics again. I absolutely love my natural brushes! First of all my horse is outside the most of the day and normally without rugs, so when it’s raining he need to have most of the natural grease that’s in the coat, and by my experience the natural brushes leaves more of that grease than the synthetic ones. And when I use the synthetic brushes I get static shocks from my horse when I touch him, and neither of us likes that..
(Excuse my English, hope you understand me anyway)
what brushes do you use?
 

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I use both to be quite honest, and I'm very pleased with my grooming regime.

Small Brandless Curry Comb
(like this: Amazon.com: Flexible Rubber Curry Comb: Sports & Outdoors)
I find that it works on all skin types and releases dirt and dead hair better from the coat than other types of curry combs... except it's not as good with winter coats.

Straw Dandy Brush
Again, brandless, it's just a pinestraw stiff brush... much like this: Equine Editions Dandy Horse Brush with Molded Plastic Handle - Horse Brushes | Gardening Supplies, Gardening Tips, Gardening Ideas

Synthetic Oster Soft Bristle
Go over and sweep all the left over dust and dirt off.

Horse Hair Oster Soft Brush
I go over with this after everything, and it gives a gloss like you wouldn't imagine. It has been, I've found, unattainable to get any other way.

Rag it off!
Then I'll usually spray on my WOW! Whitener stuff and wipe the entire horse down. Your horse will be super soft and super shiny. I even do this with horses I don't use the Wow!Whitener on, and it just gets more dirt and yuckies off.
 

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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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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.
 

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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…
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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
 
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