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post #21 of 24 Old 05-23-2012, 07:41 AM
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I hose my horses off after every ride and usually spray show sheen on their coat when they dry. Then If they roll and get dirty, when I brush them, the dust just comes rolling right off!

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post #22 of 24 Old 05-23-2012, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag View Post
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.
Glad to read this as our 4 girls love to make dust bowls to roll in every day when its dry and it was driving us mad. My husband, in desperation decided to use our shop vac on his grey mare one day and it worked great, she doesn't mind at all - in fact none of them do. Like you we hold them not tie them.
A few weeks ago we saw a rechargeable Black & Decker car vacuum in Walmart - $48 (US) and bought one. Better still, it even has a rubber attachment that works like a curry comb and no flex to worry about and light enough to hold in your hand. it will do one horse per charge so I think we may get them one each, great results with so much less time and energy used. They still get a good brushing
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post #23 of 24 Old 05-29-2012, 10:11 PM
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Originally Posted by hemms View Post
Professional dog groomer, here. High Velocity Blow Dryer. Used it just today on my bison-coated two-year-old Gotland Pony. Requires some training much like acclimating to a water hose, but even my most fractious gelding learned to love it. We hardly brush out any winter coat on our boys, which all grow at least two inches.

My second-best tool is a good chamois (the Absorber is my favorite brand). Pulls anything loose out of a dry coat, pulled with the hair growth.
Fantastic! Another groomer. I'm all for the HV dryer. They are amazing. Most horses don't love the noise or feel at first but once they figure it out they actually seem to enjoy it. Ditto to not brushing out winter coat. Why brush it out when you can blow it out!

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hmmm. I will have to try hemms suggestion of a chamois.

Dust is a problem for me, too. A friend told me to try doing conditioner first and let it sit a bit, and shampoo second. I tried it, it actually seems to work well. The conditioner seems to "loosen" the dust that is ground in so that when I rinse after I have shampooed (I hold the nozzle on "shower" setting close to the coat) I can actually see the fine dust coming out in a greater volume (I can clearly see it in rolling off in "waves" over the white coat).

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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