I admit I only use a curry comb and a dandy brush. Even at horse shows, although one day I may break out my soft polish brush. Curry, dandy (cleaning the dandy with the curry as you go), and then, if needed, I use Mac Wipes to take residual dust off (I refresh them with a home made mixture of alcohol, witch hazel and water).
I have some cherished Stubben brushes - a body brush and a mud brush. I've had them for almost 30 years. The item I love is a plastic brush that has tines that separate. I love that thing. It does not pull. It too is a vintage item. It is about 20 years old. The company still makes the brush. Unfortunately it is made off shore and the plastic is of poor quality.