Holiday Gift Guide: Brushes!

My plan is for this to be a short series on fun things to give (and get) this holiday season. I realized while making my list this year that it was a lot harder to comes up with a variety of things I really want. Money for travelling or showing or lenses? Sure. But it was much trickier to come up with tangible items, since I’m starting to find that there’s less and less stuff that I really want. Maybe it’s me growing up a little, or maybe it’s just me being frugal for so long that I forgot how to want things just because. But even still, there are a few things that stood out, and I’d like to share those with you guys!

I know what you’re thinking: Who wants fancy brushes as a gift? Well this girl sure does. My soft brush has Hamanol all over one side of the bristles, the cover for the handle fell off years ago, and each time I pick it up, I swear there are less bristles. My medium brush isn’t faring much better. Some might consider my set to be working well enough, especially when you consider that my stiff brush is still in great shape. We even have a set of communal brushes in our cross ties that I could use if I wanted.


Fuzzy horse is still shiny, thanks to a lot of elbow grease.

But I have a background as a working student and groom, and I was taught to take a lot of pride in the presentation of my horse, which requires a good set of tools. Thorough and proper grooming is an important part of my routine, and I almost always take the time to work through currying and all three of my brushes. There are of course horses who hate being groomed, but Val loves it, and it gets both of us in a good place before our ride, so I make the time and put in the effort whenever I can. Plus, vain or not, I like looking at my shiny horse and knowing that his coat is at least partly a product of my hard work

All of that being said, I decided I want to invest in some good brushes to replace the brushes which have served me for years. There are very budget friendly options out there, but when I look at how long my previous brushes lasted me, I don’t have a big problem splurging a little on quality grooming tools. And so after hearing raving reviews, I found myself perusing the options at Teddy’s Tack Trunk. But as anyone who has viewed the site can attest, there are almost too many options to choose from.

This and all photos following courtesy of TTT.

I visited the site a few times, and I hemmed and hawed over what to choose, but finally I sent Toi a message detailing what I was looking for. Her response was great, and thanks to her help, I’m officially adding the Leistner Natural Bristle “Prinz” Brush (Medium) and the Leistner Luxurious Goat Hair Face Brush (soft) to my Christmas list.

If you’ve found yourself in a similar situation, not to worry! After we chatted about what I would need, Toi put together a comprehensive post on her site, and even provided a short version of the write up for this blog, which you can read below. Even if you aren’t planning to pick up one of her brushes, she’s got some great information and tips about how to decide on brushes and figure out a grooming routine that results in a shiny and happy horse.

To figure out which horse grooming brush to choose, it is easier to think about it by their order of use. The basic rule of thumb is to start with the stiffest bristle texture and end with the softest. However, the type of brush does depend on how dirty your horse is, as well as your horse’s sensitivity to grooming.

Here are three of Teddy’s Tack Trunk best selling Leistner horse grooming brushes in three different bristle textures. They are the staples of the grooming kit and are listed in order of use.

Leistner Dandy Flick Brush

Leistner Natural Bristle Dandy Dust Brush
Used after currying, this brush removes the loosened dirt, dust, dander, and hair by using a flicking motion with the brush. Medium textured bristles are good for most equines but not for the extremely sensitive.

Leistner Prinze Brush

Leistner Natural Bristle “Prinz” Brush
This body brush is used to smooth the coat and remove the dirt and dust left behind by the dandy flick brush. Medium soft textured bristles are good for most equines, including those that are sensitive. For those who do not have a set grooming regimen or are new to horses, the body brush is probably the best place to start.

Leistner Luxurious Large Goat Hair Brush

Leistner Luxurious Goat Hair Brush (Large and Face)
The large goat brush is a finishing brush and is an extremely soft texture. It gets the last of the fine dust on the coat revealing the shine. The face version of this brush is small size for the face. These brushes are good for any equine.

Other brushes that can be added are mud brushes, mane & tail brushes, and hoof brushes. TTT also has brush sets that include variations of the staples plus the added brushes needed to complete anyone’s grooming kit. ***if someone wanted to really get crazy, I would not complain about the “Champion” brush set…*

For a more detailed list of the Leistner brushes that TTT offers and their use, see this blog post.

Thanks again to Toi, for putting all of that together just because I mentioned that I was a little overwhelmed!

What are your thoughts Blogland? Does anyone else out there get genuinely excited about this kind of thing or am I just obsessive when it comes to grooming?

14 thoughts on “Holiday Gift Guide: Brushes!

  1. Jenn

    Roger doesn’t love grooming, but since I invested in 2 TTT brushes, he tolerates it much better. I have the Halflinger and Sweepy brush (I forget it’s official name), and have definitely noticed a difference in Roger’s coat and his appreciation of being groomed. I wasn’t sure about the brushes living up to the interwebs hype, and $30-40 was more than I wanted to spend on a brush, but almost a year later, I’m really glad I did!

  2. Considering I think at least half of Blogland now owns Leistner brushes from TTT, it’s safe to say we all like nice brushes! LOL. I was very skeptical at first but I really love all of mine now, they’re 110% worth it. The Prinz is still my most-used, it’s a great all-around brush. I like every single one that I have, though, they all serve their purpose. Plus Toi’s Zephyr’s Gold line of natural anti-fungal products got Henry through the summer without any lower leg funk, which is miraculous. I have a couple of the new fancy brushes on their way to me now for me to play with (the swarovski Satchmo and the croc Beauty)… never thought I’d be excited about blingy brushes, yet here I am…

  3. I’ve always had pretty nice brushes and felt that it was money well spent to invest in quality products. I got my first TTT brush from Amanda for Christmas last year maybe and that started an obsession and I’ve slowly been replacing my entire collection. Or really just building 2 as I like to keep a spare set clean gif if one of the horses has any skin funk.

    I have I think 4-5 now and really love them. & don’t have the super stiff one because Annie is sensitive but I find that my sweepy and print do the trick. I’m really glad Amanda introduced the blog land to TTT because my local tack store doesn’t carry as many really nice options.

  4. jenj

    I actually have the German version (purchased in Austria last spring) of the Prinz and Goat Hair brushes, and love them. Not sure if the manufacturer is the same, but they look identical. Definitely the best brushes ever!

  5. TTT is a code name for someone in my life that may or may not came from tinder and I was just very confused for most of this post, hahahaha. Please ignore my random, unrelated comment.

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