01-23-2013, 06:50 PM
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I have one set for my gelding and one set for my mare. Since I only have 2, and they aren't ever in contact with each other, I don't share. Also, when I bought my mare, my gelding had a fungal infection. We didn't know it was a fungal infection because it was on his chin and he was eating molassas everyday (picky eater only takes supplements with sugar). We thought the molassas was sticking to his chin and we would try to brush it off. A week or so later, my mare had two large bald spots where the skin on her neck was peeling. It may have been an allergy to the reins, or it may have been the fungal infection- who knows. Just to be safe, we now have seperate brushes that get washed in hot soapy water every other week. Now that my gelding has a bad case of thrush (you can probably tell that he's not an easy keeper...), it's nice that we already have seperate hoof picks. I would NEVER share brushes with other horses- you don't want to get blamed for issues that might happen. If your horses are in the same field as each other, then I don't see a problem with sharing brushes.