Brush Bristles 101

As horse owners, we all purchase grooming products and tools

Are we really familiar with the purpose and materials behind our equine grooming tools? It wasn’t until we started researching horse brushes that we really got to know what makes a “good” grooming tool. We thought it would be prudent to outline the purpose of each brush we sell and the science behind the various bristles for each brush application.

Dandy Brush

After currying your horse, use the stiff bristled dandy brush to remove the dirt you have raised to the surface. Use short, quick flicks of the dandy brush, rather than a long, sweeping motion. If your horse is sensitive while being groomed, avoid using the dandy brush on their face and below their knees. Our dandy brushes come in various bristle materials:

TAMPICO: Produced in Mexico from the stalk of the Agave plant. Has a soft to medium texture and is off white in color. It is often dyed and blended to give the desired effects to a bristle brush. It is heat, alkali, and acid resistant. The porous fibers absorb water and work wet or dry. More aggressive than nylon or horsehair. An ideal brush material for removing surface particles in horse hair, dusting, wet scrubbing, cleaning, and spreading liquids like shampoo. Excellent for removing light feather burrs.

UNION FIBER: A mixture of two or more materials – usually Tampico and Palmyra. It has a medium stiff texture. Perfect brush for both winter and summer coats. Especially fantastic as a winter dandy since the interior bristles are stiffer.

HORSE HAIR POLISHING DANDY: Air dries easily and excellent durability. Produced sustainably, these dandy brushes are used for buffing, cleaning, dusting, and finishing a coat. This is a perfect brush to use after the body brush and is soft enough to use on the lower legs and face.

GREY ENGLISH DANDY: Our Grey English dandy is a medium stiff mixture. It has more “give” in the bristles than the Union Fiber. Good for loosening mud and dander on clipped or summer coats.

MULTICOLORED POLY DANDY: Our multi-colored poly dandy brushes are made with quality plastic bristles. Unlike some of our competitors, the bristles will not collapse and frey. These brushes are ideal for ordering in large quantities because they are economically priced starting at $14.99 each including engraving.

Body Brush

The body brush looks similar to the dandy brush, but has soft bristles. You can use this brush over your horse’s entire body. Use long, sweeping strokes to smooth the coat down and bring the natural oils to the surface. Pay special attention to the area behind his front legs and his head, where the bridle will lay. Dirt and dried sweat in these areas can lead to irritation where the bridle and girth rest.

GOAT HAIR: A very fine hair with limited elasticity. It has a natural kink that cannot be straightened. Used for short, soft bristle brushes like our face and body brushes.

As a horse owner, we all purchase grooming products and tools. However, are we really familiar with the purpose and materials behind our tools? It wasn't until we started researching horse brushes that we really got to know what makes a "good" grooming tool. We thought it would be prudent to outline the purpose of each brush we sell and the science behind the various bristles for each brush application.

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