What’s the secret to having a glowing and healthy looking horse?

Brushes ain’t brushes

Horse brushes and horse grooming kits that are made from natural materials must be your first choice. These brushes provide a thorough clean, are gentle on the skin, and are long-lasting when cared for properly. Horse brush sets provide a convenient collection of brushes designed to accomplish some or all of the horse brushing process. 

It’s also good practice not to buy one brush for multiple horses. Would you use someone else’s hair or tooth brush? Customisable brushes can be a good investment where your horse is stabled with several others. This way you will know whose is whose. 

The right brush with the right technique for the job

Grooming your horse to shine involves four fundamental steps. Each step requires a focus on technique, use of the correct brush, effort and time. The following steps are provided sequentially so do them in this order to achieve glowing results:


  • Aim – to increase the blood circulation of the skin, relax tiny erector muscles that are connected to each hair follicle and gently bring dirt and debris up from the skin.
  • Brush – use only high quality curry / dirt buster brushes that are flexible with rounded teeth or bristles that don’t pull out hair or scratch the skin.
  • Tips
    • in a circular motion, start behind the poll and curry from head over chest, shoulder, back, belly, hind end to hocks.
    • observe your horse for areas it finds very sensitive or very enjoyable. Where your horse likes a specific area, lean into the motion to increase the effect.
    • remove dirt by knocking your curry against the floor a few times.


  • Aim – to bring up more dust, debris and dander from the horse’s skin to the surface of the coat, to distribute natural skin oils over the hair (which improves shine).
  • Brush – only use 100% natural flick or dandy brushes with ‘springy’ bristles that flick back when you push against them.
  • Tips
    • start behind the poll and brush with the grain of the horse’s coat. Brush the entirety of the horse this way on both sides.
    • your motion should not be too different from the flicking motion you use when using an outdoor broom.
    • use short flicking strokes with the movement coming from the wrist.


  • Aim – to remove finer dirt, dust and dander particles, smooth the coat and distribute the horse’s skin oils evenly throughout the coat. 
  • Brush – a natural bristle body brush (you could opt for brushes with a raised edge for additional ‘flicking’).
  • Tips
    • brush with the grain of the hair all over the horse’s body in even, long strokes to remove all surfaced dirt.
    • give the horse a second brushing if needed.
    • cleaning the brush against a rubber curry every few strokes ensures you don’t reapply dirt to different areas of your horse.


  • Aim – to remove all fine dust particles from the horse’s coat and smooth down hair for extra shine!
  • Brush – you can’t go past a goat hair brush followed by a soft cloth or mitten.
  • Tips
    • work with the grain of hair growth and brush the entire horse. 
    • a second sweep won’t hurt if you and your horse feel inclined.
    • a firm wipedown with a soft cloth or mitten to smooth out any last imperfections and further distribute natural oils.

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