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    03-03-2011, 04:32 AM
Originally Posted by WhoaMare    
Not sure about using a vacuum on my horses. I don't know how they would take that, lol. I have a friend who uses a furminator on hers and loves it. I usually just use a shedding blade, curry combs, and some elbow grease- you know- the old school method . I might have to try the vacuum though. Just one more "scary thing" I can introduce them too. I am always trying to come up with new stuff to desensitize with . If I can get some hair off without being covered in it, that's a total bonus!
The trick to getting a horse used to the vacuum is have the vacuum already running before you bring the horse in or to the grooming area. Start grooming as normal then casually pick up the vacuum. They usually don't put up much of a fuss because the noise doesn't change. Don't let them sniff it like you would with most things & be sure the exhaust air doesn't hit them until they are used to it. Also don't use it without a brush attachment the first few times. You'll like how fast it gets out the deep down dirt.
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    03-03-2011, 10:40 AM
Mine didn't mind the vacuum at all. They seem to enjoy the feeling. *I* had trouble handling the thing to begin with. It's like using a wand on carpet. If you let it get stuck, it's hard to unstick it. And then there's all the jerking with the hose and all that, lol. The horses don't mind but ....

The shop vac is also good for sucking some water off a horse when you're in a hurry. Just needs to be warm!
    03-03-2011, 10:46 AM
I so wish I could get a pet vacuum to use on might e, but he's a typical 2 year old and would probably be in the next town over before I could blink.

That aside, I'm SO excited for shedding season
My horse is freakishly hairy for being young and blanketed.
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    03-03-2011, 11:02 AM
I LOVE shedding season. Not a big fan of eating the hair but I love it because it means sleek and shiny horses very soon!
    03-03-2011, 11:08 AM
This gets the shed out! -----------> Slick 'N Easy Grooming Blocks (Equine - Grooming - Grooming Aids - Combs Brushes)

They're sold at most tack shops.
    03-03-2011, 05:15 PM
I was riding a few days ago in some dark riding pants and my horse is grey. It's still super cold here but he got the idea that he should start shedding.....grrr, I wasn't planning on buying a shedder until later!
    03-04-2011, 11:31 AM
I have bought the slick n easy blocks, but I don't care much for them. It's easier to just use a shedding blade, IMO. As for the vacuum...can you believe I do not even own one? My last two died on me so I ripped up all my carpet and just gave up, lol. I think my mom has a small shop vac though with a couple of brush attachments...maybe I can borrow that.

My friend brought her wooly mammoth to the arena yesterday and was using the furminator on him- the amount of hair that horse shed off was astounding! It looked like someone had put a rug on the ground when she was finished, lol. And he was still not completely shed off, but this horse is HUGE and he has enough hair to keep three horses warm even in the summer. I suggested to her that she might consider giving him a body clip this summer because his hair is so thick. I am not normally one to suggest body clipping, but in his case I think he'd be more comfortable when it gets up to 120 degrees, lol. I am fortunate that all of mine usually shed off fairly quickly with minimal effort and have pretty slick summer coats.
    03-04-2011, 11:46 AM
I hate getting covered in sticky horse hair... until I get home and my horses hair is all over me. Since I only get to see him on occasion (though this will be changing dramatically after this month) it's like "Yes, there's proof, proof I spent time with him." I love it when I get home and realize my coat or sweater or clothes smells like horse. I've long since figured out how to determine his horse smell from other horse smell. Every other horse just smells like horse to me. He smells like my horse. And I love it.
    03-04-2011, 11:59 AM
Green Broke
One word - clippers.

Last year my trainer clipped Hunter when he was at her place and it was instant shiny pony. The year before it took til July for him to finish shedding out. Going to clip come April.
    03-04-2011, 12:38 PM
Arrrrrgggghhhhh......I developed tennis elbow over the winter so am wondering how in the world I am going to deal with the shedding routine as I remember last year it was a daily job with lots of elbow grease for quite some time.

Maybe I should try the shop vac.........One thing for sure, I am NOT wearing anything that hair sticks to. Time to dig out the slick, polyester stuff

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