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post #1 of 6 Old 11-29-2010, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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Anivac - As good as it sounds?

Alright, so as the horses get all filthy and the weather gets colder, I have begun to ponder cleaning methods. Especially since I'm about to clip my horse and want to bathe him first, but don't want to get him soaking wet for hours while it's 30 degrees out!

(Just to note: He is a WOOLY MAMMOTH! I don't usually clip horses, but when they're this hairy, coupled with being out of shape, it's just plain necessary!)

Anyway, so I was reading up on the Anivac Eco Wash-n-Vac. It sounds AMAZING!!! Does anyone own one? How do you like it?

I am planning to try to get all the other boarders (25) to each chip in about $40 so we can all have one to share. But obviously, I want to make sure it is actually worth it first!
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-29-2010, 09:49 PM
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Alright, so as the horses get all filthy and the weather gets colder, I have begun to ponder cleaning methods. Especially since I'm about to clip my horse and want to bathe him first, but don't want to get him soaking wet for hours while it's 30 degrees out!

(Just to note: He is a WOOLY MAMMOTH! I don't usually clip horses, but when they're this hairy, coupled with being out of shape, it's just plain necessary!)

Anyway, so I was reading up on the Anivac Eco Wash-n-Vac. It sounds AMAZING!!! Does anyone own one? How do you like it?

I am planning to try to get all the other boarders (25) to each chip in about $40 so we can all have one to share. But obviously, I want to make sure it is actually worth it first!

That sounds....pretty cool! It would make things so much easier I bet! Since it's so expensive, I dont think you will get many responses of people who know if it's good or not. Maybe you could contact the company for one to try out, kind of like a trial period for saddles?

The only thing Im a little iffy about is the metal bristles that are combing through the hair/fur to get the dirt up. Seems like on a sensitive horse that may hurt, especially if their coat isnt thick. And the suction of the vacuum may be uncomfortable.
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That looks like a really expensive upholstery cleaner...in fact, I'm pretty sure it is a really expensive upholstery cleaner....I bet a (new) Rug Doctor type thing would do the exact same thing- they spray on warm water mixed with whatever soap you put in...then vac it off...and the wand has nylon bristles...as long as it did not have a built in heater-or the heat could be controlled...I'm pretty sure something this would work...
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I may have to experiment some!

ETA: might need to get a bigger one than the link I posted...would be refilling it too much- but they come much much bigger still way cheaper than that thing.
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-30-2010, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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The only thing Im a little iffy about is the metal bristles that are combing through the hair/fur to get the dirt up. Seems like on a sensitive horse that may hurt, especially if their coat isnt thick. And the suction of the vacuum may be uncomfortable.


I don't know about the metal bristles - I didn't think it had metal bristles, but I may be mistaken... I have used a regular horse vacuum (my barn all went in on it a few years ago before I came there) and they actually seem to really enjoy it.


@Wings - An upholstery cleaner is pretty different. It has much stronger suction, and is very loud. A horse vacuum has softer suction and is nice and quiet. I imagine most horses would be pretty freaked out if you used an upholstery cleaner on them. But hey, try it, and let me know if it works - I could be wrong. It has happened once or twice. LOL
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Ah, yes I can see that might be an issue...I don't know, my little upholstery one is quiet...but a bigger one might not be...although that thing mentions in it's specs that it does carpets too, so I'm thinking it's about the same motor strength, maybe just better shielded to reduce noise?
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My uncle and aunt have a vacuum and I love it! It works really well and the horses LOVE it!!
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