Yesterday was the perfect day to test it out, as we had quite a bit of rain Wednesday (with more drizzle yesterday) so Ruby was nice and disgustingly muddy.
Here are the brush models:
Horze Deluxe Classic Body Brush
Cost: $13.95 plus applicable taxes/shipping (I got mine locally, so no shipping)
|Stock photo from Horze website.
Leistner Natural Brisle "Prinz" Body Brush
Cost: $21.25 plus applicable taxes/shipping
|Stock photo from Teddy's Tack Trunk website.
I threw her in the cross-ties and got to work. I started by photographing her on both sides. Close to equal amounts of mud.
|Left side pre-brushing.
|Right side pre-brushing.
Then, I attacked the clumps of mud with my trusty rubber curry.
|Left side (don't know why flash didn't go off this time).
After getting as much of the mud off as I could with the curry, I started with the Horze brush (left side), and then the Prinz brush (right side). I did my best to give equal attention to both sides, annnnnnnd then I took more photos!
|Left side (Horze brush).
|Right side (Prinz brush).
Aside from DH, there were two other unbiased people standing around, so I asked their opinion as well. One said they both looked about equal, one preferred the side with the Horze brush, and DH made a face at me... haha. I'll let the pictures tell the story!
|I mean, it certainly raised some dust! Haha
|In the arena post-ride: Horze brush
|In the arena post-ride: Prinz brush
|Ruby wanted some snuggles! (Don't mind me, I'm a train wreck)
Update 1/28/18: After a little over a year of very light use, the handle of the Horze brush is coming off. Which is fairly disappointing to me -- I have much cheaper brushes that are still kicking 5+ years later. The Horze brush was in my grooming kit at the house (and my Leistner brush was in the kit I kept at the barn with Ruby) so it saw WAYYYYY less use. No surprise, the Leistner still looks basically brand new. I guess you get what you pay for? (although again, I have $5 brushes that held up better, ugh).
|It looks like the other side is about ready to break too.