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post #11 of 19 Old 02-01-2012, 11:16 PM
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Also would consider a hedge trimmer for mane thinning?

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post #12 of 19 Old 02-01-2012, 11:24 PM
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Originally Posted by AmazinCaucasian View Post
Try a leaf blower. It blows the dust from the hair real good. You don't have to touch them with it and it'll really desensitize em. They make electric ones. The horse won't patricularly like it at first but be persistant, they'll take it
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post #13 of 19 Old 02-02-2012, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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thank you for your reply

Thank you for your reply. I appreciate your comments but I think a leaf blower might be a little difficult to bring with me to a french riding stable as they already view the british with some suspicion! I have bought a grooming brush which has just arrived which seems really good. It is very strange and has very soft rubber bristles. I have rubbed it up against my face and I literally can't feel it so am hoping it will do the trick. Thanks again to everyone for their comments.

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These brushes.... incredibly soft but they work.

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A shoe brush has nice soft bristles and makes an especially nice brush for sensitive areas.
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post #17 of 19 Old 02-04-2012, 05:02 AM Thread Starter
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thank you for the reply

Actually I think a shoe brush would have been a really good idea. I am really looking forward to going back to france and trying this out.

Thank you all once again.

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i wud try a small hair dryer without heat, if you can find one. If you can't a fan would do as well. Make sure he is happy, then a shop vac with the spout rubbing on him but turned AWAY so it is not sucking on him yet. THEN go to the shop vac turned towards him. However, I suspect if he doesn't like being rubbed, he is not gonna take too kindly to being rubbed with a shop vac....

how about some felt cloth lightly wet with water. Concentrate on the upper body (saddle areas), withers etc and leave the underbelly and so on until both you and he are comfortable.

hope ths helps...
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post #19 of 19 Old 02-07-2012, 03:42 AM Thread Starter
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thank you for your reply. as I said originally, in England when we go to a riding school we are not normally allowed to groom horses. It is only since riding in France that I have had to groom them so I don't know anything about it. Can anyone out there with experience tell me why some horses hate there stomach being touched and others don't mind?

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