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post #1 of 14 Old 02-16-2013, 04:15 AM Thread Starter
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Shedding Season!

Horses are starting to shed out and I was wondering:
Some of the boys have trouble loosing what's left of their winter fur, and I don't want them incredibly hot during when they go into heavy work.

Is there any way to help get rid of that extra fur without constant use of a shedding blade (and becoming a fur ball myself)?
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post #2 of 14 Old 02-17-2013, 01:29 AM
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I found an article on Pinterest today. They suggested using baby oil. If your horse is out on pasture, I don't know if this would be a good idea. All I imagine is bringing in Comet with a bunch of baby oil icicles hanging off! Gross.

But here's the link. If you try it, let me know if it works!! :)
How to Speed Up Your Horse’s Shedding from EQUUS Magazine | Equisearch

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post #3 of 14 Old 02-21-2013, 09:09 AM
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That thing about dumping an entire bottle of baby oil over my horse just makes me cringe! My problem is that he sheds out o.k. on his body, but his legs seem to take forEVER. Any suggestions on that?
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Clip his legs...
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post #5 of 14 Old 02-21-2013, 09:59 AM
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Sand. Do you have a sandy area where they can roll? In my pastures that don't, I take a couple of skid loader buckets and make them a pile of it, then they do the work.

Other than that, I use a shop vac while I am using a shedding block - sucking up the hair as I loosen it. Keeps it contained, out of my eyes & mouth and makes it easy to clean up. Definite win/win!
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post #6 of 14 Old 02-21-2013, 11:48 AM
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Sand. Do you have a sandy area where they can roll? In my pastures that don't, I take a couple of skid loader buckets and make them a pile of it, then they do the work.

Other than that, I use a shop vac while I am using a shedding block - sucking up the hair as I loosen it. Keeps it contained, out of my eyes & mouth and makes it easy to clean up. Definite win/win!
So my dads shop vac would work to take all that hair of or would it get stuck? Never heard of that, but he probably won't let me use it anyway.
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post #7 of 14 Old 02-21-2013, 12:40 PM
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I only use mine for that, my hubby would have a fit if I used his so I'd imagine your dad may have reservations lol. It does just fine, I just use the big hose without an attachment and suck up the hair as I loosen it. When they aren't shedding by the handful and are closer to done shedding I use a grooming attachment on it and just sweep the horse. They all LOVE it! Takes a bit of desensitizing to the sound but once they figure out it feels good they enjoy it.
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Nice! I really like the shop vac idea. The ground they live at is naturally sandy, but I don't think the boys are rollers... We shall see!
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If you want know what really works better than any vacuum in the world and I will deny using it to my husband if you tell him-built in vacuum! It reaches out to the carport!
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post #10 of 14 Old 02-24-2013, 10:21 AM
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i wonder if I use my regular vacuum on my horse if it would be ok as a horse vac.
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