As I was brushing my lesson horse this morning (I was using the soft brush at this point) I gave her a small static shock. She felt it too, because she immediately gave me a Look, and when I tried to continue, she got a bit antsy. I asked my instructor, and she just said to back off and move on to cleaning her hooves, because if I kept shocking her by chance she might associate me with pain, and that would not be good (since you know, I had to ride her still;) ). My question is this: how do I avoid causing the static shock in the future, so we can both have a happy grooming time. Since she's not my horse (I neither own nor lease her, she is just provided for my lessons) I'm kind of limited in what I could do to help, but I didn't know if there is some sort of trick that you all might have come across that helps with static? I tend to attract static, and today there was very little humidity in the air (as is often the case this time of year), so I'm thinking its going to be something that I will have to deal with again in the future.
Ah! I knew it would be something simple that I just hadn't thought of! The first thing that came to mind was water/ conditioner on the hair, but for some reason a damp rag didn't even cross my mind. That would certainly be simple enough, and wouldn't really be too over-imposing on my instructor... I just didn't want this to become a standing problem... I want the mare to like me, and not think of me as that lady who hurts her when I brush her.
Edit because I've forgotten my manors: Thank you VelvetsAB for the suggestion, I certainly will use it in the future!
This happens to me all of the time, especially this time of year! Wouldn't a spray bottle be kinda cold in the winter?
As I'm brushing her and take my hand off then reach the pat her, she gets shocked and she turns to look at me and is like, "What was that for!?" Its hilarious the look she gives me. I try to keep my hand on her at all times when its staticy so that I don't shock her to many times :S