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With birthdays and Christmases I always end up getting horsey related items which is ideal as horses are not the cheapest of animals to keep! My mother always does a stocking for me with all horsey related bits and pieces, knowing in advance of what I am needing or wanting. Its great as some items last me for some considerable time.
One item I joyfully unwrapped last year was the Oster Soft Finishing Brush. I have become a fan of the Oster equine range but they are not the cheapest of brushes so I tend to buy one if and when I am really desperate for a new brush. However, despite the higher price tags they are incredibly durable and last for ages. I had dropped quite a few hints about the Oster Soft Finishing Brush and was really happy to see that I had received it.
Oster is a company who specialise in all sorts of grooming equipment whether it is for people, dogs or horses. They have been manufacturing grooming equipment for equines for quite some time now and are proving incredibly popular and are fast becoming known for their durability.
The Oster Soft Finishing brush comes in either the standard grey/ blue or the newer grey/pink (which can cost slightly more than the blue version) and has the Oster logo on the top of the handle. The brushes handle is ergonomically designed to reduce hand/ arm ache when grooming the horse. The handle is slightly curved which is easy to grip and hold which makes grooming a horse an easier task as some brushes don't have a curved handle and can be a bit of a chore to hold as there is just no grip.
So what makes this brush great?! Well, the bristles which are cream/ off white in colour are incredibly soft to the point of wanting to use it on your own hair! The bristles are quite long and packed closely together. If you have ever felt a goats hair brush (which is silky soft) then the Oster Soft Finishing Brush feels exactly the same.
Basically, the brush is to be used after grooming the horse as a finishing touch as it is meant to bring the natural oils to the top of the coat to produce shine. There is certainly no point in using this brush as your main grooming brush as it will just ruin the bristles completely.
So does it work? I've been using this brush on my horses literally since the moment I unwrapped it! I use it religiously after I have thoroughly groomed my horses and I have to admit that it does give the coat a shinier appearance but as for bringing the oils to the surface I can't really comment but the horses coats do look a lot healthier but this may just be due to the fact that they are groomed everyday! For me, I like to use the brush on the horses face as the brush is soft enough for the delicate areas.
The Oster Soft Finishing Brush is available at various retailers and online. Expect to pay around £13.50 for this brush which is not cheap and there are other alternatives on the market which are slightly cheaper and probably do the same job.
Overall, I am really pleased I received this as a Christmas present last year and it keeps my horses coats nice and shiny which is what it is meant to do and as I said previously it is soft enough to use on the horses face but I can't help thinking it is a bit too expensive. Having said that my brush still looks as good as new so I have no doubts that it will last for quite a few years which makes the initial expense actually quite reasonable. Would I recommend? Yes and no. I think it is all down to personal choice and whether you would be happy spending that amount of money on one brush.