As I’ve mentioned in the last couple of posts, I’ve been grooming… a lot. But, to be completely honest, I do enjoy it and it kinda of meditative for me. It’s especially relaxing after a long day at work and I can just zone out while currying and brushing.
I’ve noticed however that grooming isn’t something people like to do, or something people do at all anymore. More than often I see people brush their horse’s saddle area as if they were feather dusting a porcelain tea cup and call it done. Don’t get me wrong, if I’m running really short on time, I’ll usually just give a quick once over so I can be on my way. As a kid and learning how to ride, grooming was taken seriously and your horse had to be nicely groomed or you’d get yelled at by your British Horse Society trainer. So, good grooming habits have been deeply instilled in me.
The other day another boarder came up to me and asked what kind of supplement I had Spot on and if I used some sort of spray because she looked so shiny and dappled.
I said, “No, just some good old fashioned elbow grease” and she was extremely surprised. And to be honest, that’s all it really takes, baring good nutrition. Oh, and good quality grooming tools which brings me to the product review part of this post.
For awhile I had a set of brushes that weren’t the best, but they got the job done and were cheap. The one day the barn dog decided to raid my grooming box and basically destroyed all my grooming things so I was left with nada.
I decided to take that opportunity to get myself a really nice set of brushes that would last and do a great job. After scouring the interwebs I found some German made brushes by Hass that everyone who had them loved them and said they were worth the money. Hass brushes are made from natural materials (ie: horse hair, tampico, coco fiber, etc) which really help bring up the shine in your horse’s coat and get them clean. I found a US retailer named Horse Haus that stocked them and I ended up ordering:
1. “The Best” Curry Comb
2. Finishing Brush
3. “Tora” Goat Hair Body Brush
4. “Classic” Face Brush
I emailed Horse Haus with a few questions and had a response within a few hours; they even gave me a 10% off coupon code! I got the brushes and a free nice sized sample of Effol ointment in about 2-3 days. The brushes are super super nice and just by handling them you can tell they’re of great quality. When I tried them on Spot I was amazed at how much dust the curry was able to bring up and the resulting shine and softness of Spot’s coat after using the brushes. The feel of the brushes while using them is great as well, they fit my hand nicely and the leather straps lend to my hand not cramping. Yay for ergonomics!
Stefanie, the owner of Horse Haus, has a thorough 4-Part grooming video that describes how do a thorough grooming and how to get the most out of your brushes. Durability-wise, they’ve held up extremely well to being chucked haphazardly into my grooming bag and I’ve only seen a few bristles fall out which is expected. Did I also mention that they’re just beautiful brushes? The solid wood backs are smooth and just look great.
So, if you’re in the market for a nice set of brushes and other grooming items, I definitely recommend the brushes from Horse Haus. Horse Haus offers free shipping on orders over $75 and they ship really quickly. I’m planning on ordering a few natural sea sponges for bathing as they’re suppose to last forever (since my synthetic ones go bad quickly) and this Effol ‘Orca’ sweat scraper that’s suppose to be amazing.