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post #11 of 17 Old 12-31-2011, 08:18 PM
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Vacuum. If the horse can handle it, take a shop vac and put the hose on the exhaust port. Blow the hair against the grain and you will get all the scurf out. Take a microfiber towel and brush the hair back down with the grain to get all the fine dust particles off.

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post #12 of 17 Old 01-01-2012, 09:43 AM
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I have said somewhat jokingly that if the mini is bad enough when we bring her home I am going to bring her inside and put her in the animal tub(we have a pet grooming salon in our house) then use the blow dryer and a lot of towels and dry her.

But seriously, using warm wet towels against the hair and rub, then make sure that they are 100% dry before putting them back out
maybe you can find someone in your area who has an indoor heated wash rack who will let you use it.

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post #13 of 17 Old 01-01-2012, 11:49 PM
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awww dang it! i was hoping it would be a miracle tool. guess i will stick with my regulars. have you used it HLP?
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post #14 of 17 Old 01-01-2012, 11:59 PM
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Matted hair needs a form of conditioner, and mud comes out with some good currying. Some do better than others, I personally love this kind: It has big nubs on one side for body and hard mud, and then a finer softer side for the face, legs, hard to reach places, and a good specific scrub.

Also, I like to lightly spray my horse with laser sheen (you can use leave in conditioner, show sheen [though they'll be slippery], cowboy magic or something similar) which acts as a conditioning and loosening agent, it also dries out mud (my experience!!) if you leave it in for at least 10 minutes, and it swoops up dirt so all you have to do is curry and brush without having any grit left over.

Also sometimes I use a hair brush if my horse's winter coat is really knotted like this: just a human hairbrush but that has air trapped and when you apply pressure it "gives" it's safe to use on the horse's face around the ears where sweat gathers or under their chin.

But yeah that's what works for my boy.. and he's white :P and a big roller.
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post #15 of 17 Old 01-02-2012, 12:19 AM
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From the sounds of it, the body hair is matted? That's pretty unusual if that's the case. I'd use scissors to cut into the mat to split it and then see if I could curry it out. If you're talking mane and tail, then you can dip the tail in a bucket of warm water and shampoo and condition it real well, then use Cowboy Magic on it, rub it in and let it sit for an hour or 2 and then go out and start picking the mat apart with your fingers. For the mane, I'd use warm towels to wet it down and I'd just rub the Cowboy Magic in and again, let it soak in for a while and then pick the mats apart with your fingers.

Alternatively, if it's too cold for you to stand outside picking mats apart, cut them out and let her mane & tail grow back til spring time, you probably won't really notice.

If it really is body hair that's matted you can cut those or clip those out if she'll stand for it and just leave short patches in her body coat which you can cover with a blanket. Or, if they don't bother you too much, leave them alone til she sheds in spring, she'll shed them out.

If you want to do an all over bath, even in freezing weather you can (except if she's underweight, I wouldn't do it then). Just put a wool cooler over the horse and expose only 1/4 of the horse at a time. Wash and rinse and condition 1/4 of the horse, then rub as much moisture out with a towel as you can, then I take a blow dryer and just get the horse used to the noise for a few and then I stick the nozzle under the cooler (I've even used old wool army blankets if my coolers weren't handy) and make kind of a warm 'tent' and let the warm air circulate until that 1/4 is dry. Then you can move on to the next 1/4 and so on.

I used the army blanket & blow dryer trick on a horse who fell into the pond (he trusted the ice and fell through with his blanket on) and he warmed right up and felt very pampered when we were done. I followed up with a nice warm mash to spoil him even more. My husband came home in the middle of the dryer job and said he was shocked that the horse wasn't standing in front of the fireplace in the living room with me drying him off. I didn't tell him that I thought about it but figured that might be THE final straw as far as him and the spoiling ., care of the horses went!
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post #16 of 17 Old 01-02-2012, 06:51 AM
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Rather than look for shortcuts, think of your grooming her as time well spent together, the bonding, and that the grooming provides her with a wonderful massage which stimulates the skin.
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post #17 of 17 Old 01-02-2012, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by draftgrl View Post
Don't be afraid to push a bit hard with a curry, of course not on the face or legs though.
Why? I curry my horse's legs just like I would his body.. and they're usually dirtier due to standing in about a foot of mud for a long time.
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