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post #1 of 24 Old 05-20-2012, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Beautiful, Wonderful, Lovable DUST!!

No matter how many times I brush and curry my horse, the dust will never dissapear.

What do YOU do to get rid of dust?
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post #2 of 24 Old 05-20-2012, 11:31 AM
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Bathe them! I'll shampoo 2 times if I have to.
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Along with bathing (Lacey gets a bath at least once a week in the summer because dust is the worst!) I've heard that running a damp cloth over the coat after brushing can work to make the dust look gone... :)

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Ugh, I hate it! My horse gets so dusty that he can look ok but if you go to give him a scratch it appears! You can write you name on him! Baths is the only thing I have found to get rid of it, then they go roll!
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If I want to get rid of the dust, first I start out with a super thorough grooming. Then it's time for a bath. Sometimes I'll shampoo twice(make sure you rinse all the soap out after), and I use a conditioner which really seems to help. I also have a damp rag at shows to whip away any dust before I go in my classes. They are horses though, so they'll always have some amount of dust. lol.

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Ugh. Dust. You bring it up with a curry and then it just sits there on the hair, laughing at you. Bath is the best, but when that's not reasonable (too cold, too busy, too soon since the last bath)...I have this stuff from the tack shop - it's a pink-ish concentrate "Hair Moisturizer". I keep a spray bottle of the diluted stuff in my grooming tub, and spritz that on the soft brush I use after currying & flick-brushing. It will certainly transfer the dust from the horse to your brush... The brush gets nasty, but it's a lot easier to wash the brush than it is to wash the horse. My favorite side-benefit of this is that in the winter when it's cold and dry, this not only takes the dust off, but it really cuts down on the amount of static that builds up between the horse's hair and the blankets.
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post #7 of 24 Old 05-20-2012, 11:53 PM
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Along with bathing (Lacey gets a bath at least once a week in the summer because dust is the worst!) I've heard that running a damp cloth over the coat after brushing can work to make the dust look gone... :)

This is what I do on my horses, especially on their faces! They kind of hate it at first, but get used to having a good old face rubbing!
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Bathing your horse thoroughly with shampoo will get rid of the dust completely, at least for a little while! Only problem is, too frequent bathing strips out all of the natural oils and can dry out the skin and coat too much and then the coat will start to look and feel dull and dry. Remember, when you do decide to use shampoo, to rinse really well, any shampoo residue left in the coat can dry out the skin and leave a residue that will dull the coat and make your horse itchy and want to rub.

Hosing down with plain water after riding if your horse gets sweaty and if it is very hot out is a good idea and won't strip the oils from the skin and coat, I usually just wet the coat down well and then use a rubber curry of some sort, usually a rubber curry mitt, and then hose down once more and then scrape the excess water off.

For normal everyday grooming I just like to groom very thoroughly and get the skin and coat as clean as I can get it using lots of elbow grease. Rubber curry, natural bristle dandy brush, natural bristle oval/hand strap style body brush, very soft natural horsehair dandy or goat hair oval body brush or natural sheepskin mitt to finish off with. It helps to swipe the brushes across a metal curry every few strokes to keep the dirt from going back into the coat while you are grooming, also remember to knock the dirt out of the rubber curry every once in a while when using it.

As a few others have already mentioned finishing off a thorough grooming session with a damp wrung out towel or a microfibre mitt can help to remove any last traces of dust that the other grooming tools didn't get.
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LaserSheen is a dust sucker.. I swear. Just spray it on, let it soak in a minute and then curry and use a dandy brush or rag to finish.

Guys I have a WHITE horse, trust me LOL!

Bathing once every 2 weeks is what we usually do in the summer and he's always very clean.
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post #10 of 24 Old 05-21-2012, 04:08 PM
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If you have a shop vac, use it. The dust free coat will take on a different shade than it you bathe and bathing strips the oils which the horse needs to help keep him waterproof. I don't tie the horses but hold the lead and they don't seem to mind.
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