Why you should use the best grooming brushes you can find…and where to find them.
If you own or lease a horse, chances are you have to groom him. You can find plenty of tools online and at your local farm supply or tack shop. Most of them look like what everyone else is using. And they are cheap.
So why go for anything else?
Let’s ask these questions first:
- Do you care how your horse feels?
- Do you want a good relationship with your horse?
- Do you want the best possible grooming results?
- When making purchasing decisions, do you care about the environment?
- Do you appreciate quality that lasts for years?
If you answered YES to at least 3 of those questions, read on.
Grooming can be so much more than cleaning your horse.
Gentle strokes with a soft brush are a tactile experience that feel good to your horse and will be appreciated.
But many grooming experiences are pure torture.
Just play this through in your mind and see it from the horse’s perspective. Remember, your horse’s skin is extremely sensitive:
- Someone approaches you with a tool, intending to work it across your skin.
- You don’t have a choice in the matter, you are tied up and any attempts to protest to unpleasant touch (wiggling, pinning ears, kicking) will be interpreted as ‘ naughtiness’.
What happens in ‘your grooming story’?
- Does the groomer use a tool that feels good or just anything that may be about the barn, scratchy or not?
- Does this interaction between groomer and horse lead to a better relationship or to resentment and even fear?
Let’s continue our story imagining our groomer has already discovered the many advantages of using high-quality brushes such as HorseHaus brushes:
- Our horse will be relaxed and unafraid, and looking forward to the grooming session.
- He will use this time to relax deeply and enjoy the company of the groomer, who goes about her task in a methodical, but also gentle and considerate manner.
- At the end of the session, our horse may have dozed off or show other visible signs of relaxation, his coat clean, healthy and shiny.
- Our groomer will have learned a lot about skin condition and little bumps or scratches on the horses body.
- She will be satisfied with the result and carefully clean and put away her brushes to keep them neat and ready for the next grooming.
Now horse and rider are ready to begin their activities together.
Whatever those may be, both will feel more comfortable and trusting toward each other.
You will feel good about grooming and your purchase.
- Others may notice how shiny and healthy your horse’s coat looks and you will wonder whether it is not just the proper cleaning but also the gentle massage you give your horse with every grooming (and the answer is yes).
- Knowing that your brushes will last for years, you feel good about your purchase.
- The fact that neither people nor natural resources got hurt in the manufacturing of the brushes (HorseHaus brushes are FCC certified) or sourcing of the raw materials make you feel even better.
- When a brush finally does wear out and needs replacing, you can rest assured that the discarded brush will disintegrate and not be an environmental burden.
For comparison, let’s spin our story off in a different direction, a scenario all too familiar to many.
- Here our groomer ties the horse up for grooming, both dreading what follows.
- The horse is wide-eyed, distracted and fidgety.
- The groomer approaches the horse’s body with a stiff and scratchy plastic brush, the horse’s skin flinches in terrified anticipation.
- Our groomer just tries to get it all over with because ‘the horse does not like to be groomed’.
- Moreover, the results are mediocre, the coat looks dull, something to attack with a horse vacuum or another bath or ‘shine spray’….
- When the scratchy plastic brush is finally discarded, it will remain intact on the landfill for at least 1000 years.
You see where this is going….
This type of ‘get it done’ grooming does nothing to improve the condition of the coat or the relationship between horse and human.
What a waste of time and opportunity…!
Which groomer are you?
Life is learning. If you are the groomer with the horse that does not like to be groomed, the scratchy plastic brush wielding type, do not despair!
Read about the 4 step grooming process and peruse the different types of horse brushes to put a set of HorseHaus brushes together that meets your needs. Or pick a complete grooming brush set and purchase without regret!
Questions about grooming or brushes?
Please send an email to info at HorseHaus.com to get answers and a 10% off coupon for your first purchase.
Enjoy your horse!