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        12-10-2008, 04:11 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Yayy lol cause I bought 2 boxs!! Ill bring her outside when I do them just incase she flips
         
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        12-10-2008, 04:11 PM
      #12
    Trained
    Maybe you didn't shock her, but she shocked you?
    You said she had her blanket on before it happened, and after it came off it happened, right?
    I know when taking blankets off there can be shocks, so maybe that's what happened?
         
        12-10-2008, 04:40 PM
      #13
    Showing
    Maybe I wasn't doing it right or maybe I'm just picky but I didn't think the dryer sheets worked that well. I've used Static Guard in the past and it works good, but it is a chemical that's suppose to be used on your clothes.
    As a quick fix I went to Walmart and bought some stuff called Motions oil sheen and conditioning spray. Its in with the African American hair products.
    I sprayed my brushes and once Vida got used to the aerosol sound I did a light mist over her body, sprayed her mane and tail too. It worked great. Its lasted for several days too. I highly recommend it
    I think anything with an oil base should work, so if you have any horse products that are a leave in conditioner type stuff, it should work too.
         
        12-10-2008, 04:53 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Not sure where you are at but I buy this stuff from Avon called anti-static spray they only carry it in the winter but it is really nice not in an aerosol can, and smells good too
         
        12-10-2008, 05:26 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Appy- the blanket was taken of like 20 minutes before this happened. Hmm I can buy some leave in conditioner! Do you guys have any brand names and where to buy the stuff ur talking about??
         
        12-10-2008, 06:59 PM
      #16
    Foal
    AAACK! Sorry that happened. Dry winter air, ya know...

    I shock my kids all the time, unfortunately. Hope you get it all sorted out. (((hugs))
         
        12-10-2008, 07:44 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    Thanks :) Yeah im hoping to get this fixed SOON!
         
        12-10-2008, 09:47 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    Wow im so sorry you had to go through this ordeal =/
    Im sure its bean said
    But you could even try some plain old dryer sheets. Rub them on her things and then her. But rub yourself down so you don't accidently shock her...

    Wow
    My horse is always staticky =P and he shocks me, luckily it doesnt scare him
         
        12-11-2008, 08:19 AM
      #19
    Green Broke
    Ill ty out my dryer sheets lol ill let you all know how it goes im going to take off her blanket in her stall so if she is shocked she can't really go to far.

    Yeah I giess she's also acting this way cause her pasture mate is kicking her ONTO the electric fence when its on every different paddock but they wont >:(!! No other boarder wants there horse in with the horse chance is with ... I don't blame them..

    Ill keep you guys updated .. if I go today.. theres suppose to be a huge storm EK
         
        12-12-2008, 11:35 AM
      #20
    Foal
    I am far from an eqine expert....but I may be able to help with the static problem.

    There's two ways to eliminate static electricity discharges. 1) Eliminate the build up (static sheets or spray) 2) Eliminate the discharge route.

    First, lets look at eliminating the buildup. Now if the static is coming from you - you yourself will need the drier sheets (or non rubber soled shoes -this creates a path to ground for the static to discharge from you) before you attempt to contact chance. If the static is charged from Chance, then the will be a shock if you attempt to rub him down (or a possibility at least).

    But if you want to eliminate the discharge route, that may be a more sure bet. First, lets understand how static eklectricity works. (We'll just pretend that the static charge is coming from you...no offence meant, it's just more likely) Static is I build up of positivly charge electricity generated from friction of your self/clothing and the like. As the friction continues (you move around, walk, ect) the charge builds and builds. In order to nutralize this charge, the electricity must have a path to ground. Chance, who is standing on the ground, is a perfect conductor (or path) for the electricity to follow to ground. The instant before you touch him, the static electricity arcs (the snap you hear) and positivly charges the immidate area where you touched him (the sting that follows the arc/snap).

    You did the right thing with the leather gloves (you insulated your hands), but when your ear or cheek or nose touched him, there could have also been a discharge.

    If the drier sheets/spray prove ineffective, try this. Lay a rubber pad down where Chance stands. This insulates him from ground, making him a poor conductor to ground - ie the electricity won't want to travel through him - it will try to find an alternate path.........

    So lets give it one! If you have a strap that you only use for tieing/crosstieing, lets modify it. Take a peice of speaker wire (any electrical conductor will do, any wire but make sure its flexable - for you and Chance's sake - no coat hangers or anything of the like!) Where the cross tie conects to the barn / wall /beam , bare the end of the wire and conect the wire to the connection point (Now the wire is grounded - making a path to ground). Wrap the wire securly around the strap/lead. Secure it with zip strips or another suiable tie. Cut the wire just short of the snap that connects to the haulter. Bare the end of the wire and make sure it is close to the snap, but not contacting it.

    Now, when you go to touch Chance - touch the wire and his snap (with the same hand) before you touch Chance. This does two things. Chance is insulated from ground (so he may be charged himself since he has no path to ground). First this grounds chance. If there is a shock - you feel it, not him. Second, it grounds you thus eliminating a charge on you. Again, YOU may get shocked, but he wont feel it.

    Sorry it's so long, but hope I helped!
         

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