Grooming is a daily chore that not only keeps your horse clean, but it also allows you the time to bond with your horse and inspect him for cuts. This means that grooming your horse is very important. So, the way you treat your brushes is also just as important.
Just like us, some horses have sensitive skin and can be more vulnerable to irritation. That’s why it’s important that you have a different set of brushes for each horse. That way, you won’t be transferring bacteria off of one horse to the other. You’ll also be able to adapt the stiffness of the brushes for each horse too.
Keeping your brushes clean is also important, especially during the spring when they are shedding. After each grooming, make sure that you remove as much loose hair off your brushes and that you knock off the dirt as well. Every once in a while, it’s a good idea to wash your brushes to get rid of all the dirt that has built up at the bottom of the brush. Let them dry overnight with the bristles facing down so that the left over water can flow off of the brush instead of into the brush handle where it will loosen the glue. If the water does get into the handle, you have raised the chances of the bristles falling out of the brush which will mean that your brush will not last as long as it could have.
Keeping each of your horses’ brush sets in containers helps keep your brushes clean and organised. You can label each container with your horse’s name so that you do not get each set confused with another. When choosing your brush container, try to find one with enough compartments as needed and one that will be easily to clean. Whether you make your own brush totes or you decide to buy them, keeping them clean is just as important as keeping your brushes clean.
So there you have it. I hope that this short post about brushes was helpful for you and reminded you not to neglect them. Thank you for reading and I wish you all the best of luck.
Until next time, happy riding!