hi guys! i'm here to help you with your horse brush dilemma. what kind of brush do you need? what brush do you use? where? what is a good quality brush?
i love grooming! it's one of my favorite things to do with my horse. i get a good workout and billy gets a wonderful full body skin and muscle massage. he just glows after a good grooming. to get this look i have to be able to muscle my brushes. brushes from the feed store just don't hold up to this rigorous workout.
i used to buy new brushes every year. every spring i would do my spring cleaning of my horse trailer and tack room and throw out all my used up, squished, dirty and bristle-less brushes. now don't get me wrong. several times during the year i would clean my brushes using dish soap and hot water. but they would eventually, after all the hard use, just have a generally "squished" look about them. very disheveled.
then came Reinhold's HorseWellness Brushes. these brushes are exactly what i've been looking for! for years i've been searching for a brush of this quality. something that could stand the test of time. (and my rigorous grooming.)
here is the Reinhold's motto:
"Well Horses Perform Well!™".
"You want your horse to feel and look great. We help you achieve this with products that are mostly from natural materials, innovative and practical. All our products are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee."
their horse brushes are made by Leistner™, made in Germany, since 1882.
my favorite brushes and the ones i use all summer, nearly every day are:
- horse dandy brush- natural bristles (also called the flick brush)
- the mud brush with brass bristles
- horse finishing brush- "grand gilbert"
- the mane and tail "hedgehog brush" (this is my FAVORITE brush! i use this one all year round. it's the best for getting down into that thick curly coat that billy sports in the winter time.)
- hoof brush-stiff
these brushes are made from natural fibers and hairs. the synthetic fiber brushes tend to build up static electricity when i brush billy and they are scratchy and uncomfortable. when i use the natural fiber brushes billy will lean into the brush, loving how they get the itches out. i love how they deep clean his skin and get all the dirt and dry skin up and out of his coat.
other natural fiber brushes that i've tried over the years just do not hold up like these brushes do. when i first found their site i thought they would be too pricey for me... but they're not! these are just as affordable as any brush you will buy at the tack/feed store (that will wear out in a year) and these brushes hold up beautifully!
i cleaned mine up so i could show you how well they've held up. i've had them for a year and six months now and they look nearly new!
the first thing i brush billy with is the rubber curry. the one i have now is not from Reinhold's, but i will be purchasing one from them soon! i use this brush in a circular motion, really getting down through the hair to the skin to get out the dried mud, dirt and dry skin. this is the curry i will be purchasing.
the next brush i use is the hedgehog brush. this is billy's FAVORITE brush. he really leans into me when i brush with this one. the picture on the left and the one in the middle are of my brand new hedgehog brush. it's so clean and shiny! the picture on the right is my old one. i've had that brush for a year and a half and used it nearly every single day. if you've ever purchased a pin style brush from petsmart or walmart, or target and then used it on your horse, you'll know that almost immediately the pins start to fall out. after a month or two all the pins will be gone and your left with a pin-less cushion! but these pins did NOT fall out. they are a little bent, but that's from billy picking it up with his TEETH and walking around with it when i wasn't looking. i think he was going to take it back to his stall so he could use it later....
[caption id="attachment_550" align="aligncenter" width="500"] picture from Reinhold's Horse Wellness site[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_546" align="aligncenter" width="760"] the picture on the left and the one in the middle are pictures of my brand new hedgehog brush. the one on the right is my old one. i've had that one for a year and a half and i use it nearly every day![/caption]
then we have the mud brush with brass bristles. this is a prototype brush that Reinhold's sent me to try out on billy's difficult winter coat. so far i really love how it gets down in the hair and does not cause a static build up! i use this brush third because it will dig down through the hair and help bring out the dirt and dry skin. CURLY HORSE OWNERS!!! take a look at this brush. you will love it and so will your horse!
after i use the mud brush then i use the dandy/flick brush. this brush literally flicks the dirt and dry skin. this brush is another one of my favorites. i think because it's called the "flick" brush...
[caption id="attachment_551" align="aligncenter" width="500"] picture from Reinhold's Horse Wellness site[/caption]
the final brush i use is the finish brush. this is such a luxurious brush. so thick and full of horse hair. billy loves this brush on his face. he will push into me and just close his eyes and enjoy it.
sometimes i use the hoof brush. i trim billy's feet myself so sometimes i have to clean the canvas before i start!
if anything here sparks your interest or if you just want to see all the loveliness over at Reinhold's Horse Wellness website please click here. tell them mindy schroder sent ya'!