Often an overlooked piece of riding equipment, the stable brush is an important piece of kit and while they might not seem like a glamourous tool, it’s worth investing in a good one. Used to clean mud, dirt and sweat from the horse's hair, these brushes come in a range of shapes, sizes and materials and while a lower quality brush will get the job done, you might find that upgrading can save you time, energy and money in the long run!
Go Natural – brushes made from natural materials such as horsehair, goats’ hair or pig bristles are much gentler on the skin than nylon, plastic and other synthetic materials and the natural fibres will hold and spread oil easily, for a super shiny coat.
Read Reviews – Feedback from other horse owners about riding equipment can be extremely helpful, so talk to people on your yard, look at online reviews and check out some respected horse bloggers.
Test It Out – Aside from being pleasant for the horse, a brush should be easy to use and comfortable in the owner’s hand so it’s important to make sure you have the right fit. Hold it in your hand, move it around and test it on your arm to see how it feels, remember don’t test it on the horse in case you wish to return it.
Buy More Than You Need – Lots of stores offer brush kits which can seem like a bargain at first but include things that you didn’t set out to buy. Ask yourself if you really need all the additional extras before spending unnecessary money on something that might not be used.
Forget to Label Them – Stabling at a busy yard can often result in horse brushes and other riding equipment going missing, so make sure you label your own kit to prevent it from wandering into somebody else stable.
Neglect Them – Horse brushes need to be maintained, particularly those made from natural fibres. They need to be regularly cleaned with gentle soap in order to stay soft and prevent build-ups.