My lesson barn has plenty of brushes, However, the brush boxes have usually been mauled by munchkins, so I can never find the brushes I like to use. I bought a set to take with me. Picky, moi?
While I was at the tack store, I wandered into the riding section. Back when, I didn’t ride Rodney enough to settle on which bit worked best for us. Previous Horse and Mathilda both preferred fat simple snaffles, eggbutt and loose ring respectively. However for a big horse, Rodney doesn’t have a lot of room in his mouth. He objected to the fat mouthpiece. Plus, it seemed to me that a the point of a regular snaffle came too close to the roof of his mouth. I’m told that a straight bar is actually more severe. I settled on a 6″ knock-off German silver/copper French link. A Dr. Bristol looks similar but is a much harsher bit.
Hubby sees my willingness to spend money on a bit as a sign that tack is in Rodney’s future. I won’t go that far, but I will grant that finding a comfortable bit is the first step.