Deciding Which Leistner Brush to Choose

Deciding Which Leistner Brush to Choose

Toi Wall


There are many Leistner Horse Grooming Brushes to choose from and sometimes it can get confusing as to which brush to use and when to use it. The basic rule of thumb is during the grooming process, start with the stiffest brush and end with the softest brush.

Here are the steps for grooming and the brushes appropriate for each step. You can view the brushes here.

Step 1: Curry
The curry comb loosens the dirt, invigorates the skin, releases the oils, and helps to release dander, mud, and hair.

Step 2: Mud – stiff
The mud brush deep cleans the coat with the stiff bristles and also loosens mud.
- Country Mud
- Course Bristle Small Mud
- Coco Fiber Brush
- Mixed Bristle Dandy

Step 3: Dandy Flick – medium
The dandy flick removes the loosened dirt, dust, dander, and hair by using a flicking motion with the brush.
- Dandy Dust Brush
- Sweepy Flick Brush
- Mixed Bristle Dandy

Step 4: Body Brush – medium soft

Body brushes smooth the coat and removes the dirt and dust left behind by the dandy flick brush. Body brushes are available in different styles and sizes to accommodate personal preferences.
- Prinz
- Beauty
- Grand Gilbert
- Fury
- Satchmo
- Esprit Angled (dual use medium soft and medium bristles)
- Haflinger

Step 5: Finishing – soft
Finishing brushes get the last of the dust on the coat revealing the shine.
- Dandy Coat Shine (soft)
- Large Goat Hair (very soft)

Face Brushes
Softer bristles for the face.
- Goat Hair (very soft)
- Horse Hair (medium soft)

Scrubbing brush for the hooves that gets at the nooks and crannies.
-Hoof Brush w/Handle

Mane & Tail
Brushes that don't pull the hair but gets the tangles out.
- Hedgehog style that fits in the hand
- Dual Sided Horse Hair w/Handle
- Dual Sided Boar Bristles w/Handle

Thank you to Heather, who writes The Graduated Equestrian Blog, for giving me the idea to put this guide together.

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