Eli got a few more of his birthday presents last week, and I am impressed. The praises of Leistner brushes have been sung throughout blogland, and two thorough reviews by The $900 Facebook Pony and Sprinkler Bandits are worth a read. Don’t think I didn’t notice that two picky thoroughbreds seem to enjoy the Leistner brushes, seeing as how I own a picky thoroughbred of my very own.
I ordered the Luxurious Goat Hair Brush and the Satchmo from Teddy’s Tack Trunk and received them very quickly within days of my order. The goat hair brush is soft enough to sleep on. The Satchmo (dubious name, no, person who named it?) has short, slightly stiffer horse hair bristles but still feels extremely soft.
I find myself using the Satchmo quite a bit, and Eli, while not completely in love with it, seems to appreciate its softness and I appreciate how freaking clean this gets my horse’s coat. Yes, there is absolutely a difference between using this brush and my horse hair Winner’s Circle brush. While I do still use the Winner’s Circle brush because Eli does like that one, the Satchmo gets a lot more dirt out of Eli’s coat. As for the goat hair brush, Eli LOVES it. Like closed eyes, yawning, rubbing head against it loves it. This is the first brush he’s ever really done that with. It is well worth the price.
I also tried to get pictures of Eli grazing in wildflowers and he decided to eat some bastard cabbage (actual name of plant). People can eat it, too, and there’s a little movement in Texas dedicated to eating invasive species out of existence in the state, but I think I’ll pass. I am happy to report he is finally back to his normal appetite and licking his feed tub clean, so hopefully I can increase his grain ration one last time and he will start to gain weight back and look less like a racehorse and more like a jumper again.
As you can see, he is far too skinny for my taste, although thankfully he hasn’t yet gotten into bony territory (but yikes he looks close in this picture–the angle & lighting accentuate every damn rib). That’s the bastard cabbage in his chompers. I also have an ETA on the last of his presents–should be shipping on 5/3.
We didn’t get to lesson at our usual Saturday morning time because of weather (wherein lightning damn near hit the barn it was so close, and humans, dogs, and horses all simultaneously jumped 5 feet out their skin but we suffered no casualties) so I went back out to the barn after work to flat Eli at least and he was quite pleasant. I wanted to jump everything set in the arena, but I should be able to school with my trainer Tuesday afternoon so I held off.
Tomorrow is the first post of 7 reviews in 7 weeks, where I’ll be reviewing a bunch of bath products for humans.