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post #1 of 25 Old 01-12-2013, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Sharing Brushes?

Quick question,

I've heard and seen people say never ever share brushes for more than one horse. I've also seen people say it doesn't matter. For a long time (typically when I was riding western 6-7 years ago) I had one/each brush for each of my horses-they only shared a hoof pick.

Since I started riding english at a barn (5-6 years ago) I share brushes between horses.
Just wondering what everyone stance on that is, and please explain why. I'm just trying to gain more info! Thanks! :)

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post #2 of 25 Old 01-12-2013, 06:25 PM
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It depends on the color of the horses for me. If I have my white horse and my dad's light pali, I'll use one brush for both of them. But if I was brushing my white hrse and a brown horse, I'd use seperate brushes.
I can't really see any diseases being passed along via brushes that wouldn't be passed along by the horses being in regular contact with eachother... But maybe someone else has a different story.

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post #3 of 25 Old 01-12-2013, 06:28 PM
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My horses live together, groom each other, bite each other, and drink from the same water trough. If one gets a contagious condition and spreads it to the others, it's not going to be from sharing brushes, so I don't have separate brushes for each.
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post #4 of 25 Old 01-12-2013, 07:30 PM
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My horses were always in close contact also, so I used the same brushes on them. I've been pretty lucky to not have any major skin problems in the decades I've owned horses. One horse came home w/ a lot of ticks after a hunt-but that was quickly remedied.
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post #5 of 25 Old 01-12-2013, 07:48 PM
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I always use the same ones on my horses for everyday grooming, show grooming no. It is annoying to get the white hairs off my loud colored paint onto the solid paint, but they blow off when we ride, no biggie.
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post #6 of 25 Old 01-12-2013, 08:17 PM
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I definitely wouldn't borrow someone else's brushes, but I do split mine between all my horses. So no, not one for each. As someone else said - they live on the same property, and are always in direct contact with each other. Even when Cowboy had rainrot (in the late stage) we still shared - Diamond and Oats have never had a problem.

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post #7 of 25 Old 01-12-2013, 08:41 PM
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clean the brushes. use multiple brushes on multiple horses.
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post #8 of 25 Old 01-12-2013, 11:35 PM
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I share my own brushes among my horses, but I do not share with anyone else's. I also never let mine get to dirty though.

However, the therapeutic riding center I work at has a lot of horses numbering somewhere in the upper teens, so they have had separate brushes for each horse. They started doing that after a horse there got rain rot and spread it around to several other horses via the brushes before they caught it. Since having separate the brushes they haven't had that problem.

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post #9 of 25 Old 01-13-2013, 11:14 AM
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I try to use different brushes - now that I got more christmas they can have their own!! my horses are white and dun. Now, if it wasn't for the way the hair came off, I would use the same brushes. But since Brisco's (my white one) hair is short and oily, the brushes are impossible to clean. But Golley, his hair is easy to remove from the brush. So - before I got my new brushes - I would brush Golley first and make the brushes off limits to my mom before she could brush brisco. haha!
so, It mostly depends on the coat color, and if the hair is easy to remove from the brushes. That's what I say.

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post #10 of 25 Old 01-13-2013, 01:05 PM
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I have 11 horses, 5 trained ridding horses. I unfortunately can't afford right now to buy them each their own set of brushes. So they share. I never had a problem untill recently one of my mares developed a fungal infection on her back. a few weeks ago four of the trained horses went out working cattle, they came back and brushed Trapnet (horse with fungal infection) and my pinto mare with the same brush. Week later Rainbow had a bald patch on her flank, thought it was a bite mark, doctored it, went away. about a week later she had some balding patches on her neck, that's when I knew... For Rainbow thankfully it only took a few applications of wound oil, she's in good coat condition, unlike the other mare who is not a good doer and has trouble keeping weight on. Now if Trapnet worked all brushes gets disinfected before they get used on another horse. I just have a can of general purpose disinfectant I bought from the local co-op, throw a bit into a bucket of water and all brushes gets a vigorous swril thru that bucket before being used on the next horse. No further problems.
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