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post #1 of 7 Old 07-15-2020, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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Static Electricity Build up on Rug

Hi All.

I think this is the right place for this talking point. If not apologies, i have searched the forum can't find any reference to my problem.

Currently my mare wears a winter rug. We are in Uruguay. When I remove her rug static electricity, which has built up on the rug and her, discharges and it causes a problem as the shock causes her to jump as if suffering an electric fence shock.

Questions I have, please, if any one can help.

1 Anyone else out there that suffers with this ?

2. Any ideas on how to prevent build up of the static ( without having her not wear a rug) as she moves
around during the day ?

3. Any ideas on how to disperse the static so it doesn't shock me and or her ?

Appreciate all suggestions. Thanks mvfjps
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-15-2020, 07:46 PM
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If you keep one hand on her the whole time while you take her blanket off, that should stop the static from zapping her. So one hand is continuously holding the blanket and the other hand is continuously touching her.

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post #3 of 7 Old 07-15-2020, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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If you keep one hand on her the whole time while you take her blanket off, that should stop the static from zapping her. So one hand is continuously holding the blanket and the other hand is continuously touching her.
Thanks AC
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-16-2020, 04:40 AM
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Is the rug lined with nylon? If so put a cotton sheet underneath.
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-16-2020, 11:03 AM
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I use Eqyss Avocado spray, spray the horse or spray the inside of the blanket or spray both!

I've found that it works really well.

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post #6 of 7 Old 07-16-2020, 11:26 AM
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I sometimes have that problem just removing a saddle blanket! My poor mare acts like she's being punished if she gets a static shock.


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post #7 of 7 Old 07-21-2020, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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AC suggested keeping one hand all the time on her as i removed the blanket which i do and it worked, I place the hand full on so there is no chance of it causing a spark. I then remove the blanket with the other hand, I have worked out a method of maintaining full contact with one hand until the blanket is off...so many thanks AC and everybody else for your replies... as always a great source of problem solving...
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