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        01-22-2014, 08:48 PM
    Static Shock- Creating Problems!

    I keep finding myself shocking my horse when I am grooming him, or even just touching him. It's gotten so bad that he has begun to become headshy or reluctant for pats or scratches. I used to be his go-to, now I've been replaced by a wooden fence!

    Jokes aside, how do you deal with it? I've been contemplating spending $ on anti-static gloves to prevent it from getting worse.

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        01-22-2014, 09:23 PM
    I had the same problem earlier this fall. Every time I went to remove my horse's blanket, he would get shocked. I started keeping a spray bottle of 80% water, 20% liquid fabric softener on hand and I use it on his blankets and brushes. Works like a charm! Some horses have sensitive skin, so I'd be careful with it at first. It doesn't seem to bother my horse at all, though.
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        01-22-2014, 09:42 PM
    I just read that dipping them in water helps too (shake excess off) so I may try that tomorrow! Seriously he near pinned his ears at me!!!
        01-22-2014, 09:42 PM
    I use Healthy Hair Moisturizer---the "pink" stuff (you do have to mix a small amount with water--it's quite concentrated). Spray it all over the coat, especially a good mist before putting a blanket on & it helps with the static. Smells great too!
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        01-22-2014, 10:15 PM
    I got Riley good on the 3rd or 4th time, his front feet came off the ground a couple inches! :p That's when I got serious about fixing the issue. There are a lot of options, I just had the fabric softener on hand and it ended up working perfectly.
        01-22-2014, 10:31 PM
    If you don't want to use moisture to keep the static down, say it's too cold out, use a dryer sheet like Bounce. Rub your hands with it and then rub down the horse. Works very well.
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        01-22-2014, 11:14 PM
    If your clothing contains nylon, that will do it.
        01-23-2014, 09:17 AM
    Waresbear beat me to it. Dryer sheets work wonders.
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        01-23-2014, 09:50 AM
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    This really dry weather doesn't help. I wear rubber gloves - you can get some with rubber over the top of a thin fabric lining from places like Home Depot and damping your hands helps a lot as does a really fine misting of water.
    If you have a problem with blankets causing static roll and fold them back slowly rather than just dragging them off
        01-23-2014, 08:15 PM
    I held onto a car key the entire time I groomed him, and not one shock! He's still head-shy though...

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