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    01-19-2013, 10:29 PM
Green Broke
Hogwash - and, yes, I have had Arabs...and other breeds....
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    01-19-2013, 10:36 PM
I'm pretty sure I could brush my horse with a tree branch an he wouldn't notice the difference.
Horses don't have human emotions, and they definitely don't value items and possessions like we do.
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    01-19-2013, 10:55 PM
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Originally Posted by phoenixbabey    
Apperantly its not just arabs its all horses exept most just exept that their owners wont bye them their own brushes, but arabs bond to one person and tell them if there unhappy :)))).
ROFLMAO! Yes they have sensitive skin but they really couldn't care less if they were brushed with one used on a different horse.

Let me guess, Monty also says you need to buy his equipment for his method to work too?
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    01-19-2013, 11:40 PM
If anything, I think a horse is comforted by the smell of other horses on an item of tack. Ever tried introducing a young/green horse to a saddle blanket? I'll bet you if it's a brand new saddle blanket they're more likely to be resistant about having it touch them than if it's a saddle blanket that has been on another horse or two and smells like their own kind.
    01-20-2013, 11:51 AM
I have two horses and have 2 sets of brushes for them, and one is a mare and the other is a colt. I bought natural bristled brushes because it creates less static and they last better. I bought a boar hair hard brush, horse hair finishing brush, horse hair face brush, rubber curry, and hoof pick for less than $20. You do NOT need to spend over that. Plus, my colt is a show horse so I don't want him having extra static. My mare is more susceptible to rain rot so she has to have separate brushes. I'm also VERY anal about using my mare's tack and other stuff on my colt, or on any other horse. Sharing tack and brushes means DISEASES GALORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!! But that is just me. ANYWAY, there is NO need to buy expensive brushes. And those who say Arabs are sometimes more sensitive are correct. They are from the desert and have very thin skin. The stiff brushes I use on my draft cross mare annoy the heck out of my friend's Arab mare. They have thin skin for a reason.

Edit: Synthetic brushes create static on the hair coat but can sometimes be easier to clean and are often better at getting dirt off of legs, BUT the bristles often come out of the brush
    01-20-2013, 11:52 AM
I have had Arabs for most of my life and never had one complain about the brush. If they want a fancy one they better go get a job and earn it!
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    01-20-2013, 12:00 PM

I've never owned 'natural hair' brushes. And personally, if you ask me it somewhat sounds like a scam to anyone who are natural horse people. Like a lot of things, you can buy for less money and same quality.

I've owned my brushes for...6 years? They're in the same condition, clean, etc. I've never had a problem with them.

But in whatever case its your money and if you feel like these sort of brushes are what you need then go for it!
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    01-20-2013, 12:09 PM
Natural hair brushes help the horse keep their natural oils and they shine the horse up better than synthetic.
    01-20-2013, 04:58 PM
At the riding school I used to go to (a reputable one) they had shared brushes for all the horses, including a number of Arabians. No problems there. Same with the all-Arabian endurance trail place I went to. I've always used shared brushes and have had no problems even with stallions. Only time when I'd think separate brushes is a good idea is with contagious skin conditions like ringworm, and in that case I'd use a brush specifically designated to brushing the affected horse/s, and sterilise it in antiseptic and boiling water after each use. Same with hoofpicks and thrush. The only things I never share are the sponges for washing eyes, docks, sheaths, nostrils etc (and each horse would use two - one for the face, one for the other areas).
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    01-20-2013, 05:38 PM
Originally Posted by GamingGrrl    
I'm pretty sure I could brush my horse with a tree branch an he wouldn't notice the difference.
Horses don't have human emotions, and they definitely don't value items and possessions like we do.
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I've brushed mine with a clump of grass and hay before! I forgot to bring my brushes so had to make do. Did the mane and tail with my fingers.

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