Originally Posted by Saddlebag
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