1. Which way is the wind blowing?
I've been very careful lately to stay out of the unhealthy dust clouds. These silly horses love to roll and with that comes dust and lots of caked on mud. Now that the horses are shedding, flying hair is another constant when brushing. Observing wind direction and facing down wind keeps dust particles and horse hair out of the face. Love those breezes.
2. What do I wear?
There are days I could kick myself for wearing "sticky" clothing to the barn. I find certain materials do collect horse hair. I avoid them in the spring. Turtle necks, Hoodies, sweaters, sweat pants, mittens, or jersey gloves are not advisable wear when brushing. Wearing jeans and a light wind breaker and leather gloves seem to keep horse hair from sticking. I want to say being down wind would keep hair off my clothes too, but being around horses is a "contact sport" for me.
3. How to end on a good note?
Brushing horses in the spring is a lot of work and it's so good to have help. Having guests come ride is the same as help for me. Over and over I ask for the brushes to be cleaned before being put away. I show how to use the mane and tail comb to clean off the hair, or how to use the heel of the boot to help bang it off, but inevitably there will be brushes still filled with hair. I'm learning to be quick to catch the brushes before the help/guests start riding their horses. I like to start the next day on a good note - clean brushes.
I'll keep brushing. Soon summer will be here and horse coats will be sleek and shiny.