Hi All, I have no idea where to put this post so I thought I'd put it here. I live in NC right now and I can safely say I have never experienced as much static discharge when touching my horse as I have recently. My poor overly-sensitive horse! Honestly, I can lay over my horse's back with my fingers on his neck and rump, and static discharge can occur at my fingertips even if I'm not rubbing (I'm learning that rubbing=bad). Horse is not amused. Has anyone else had this problem? What do you do to reduce shocking your horse? Thanks!
I live in the land of humidity in the teens = constant static. Two things will help: 1) Keep your fingertips wet when touching your horse or removing blankets - it grounds you. 2) At the drug or grocery store, buy some Suave Hair Conditioner labeled "Humectant". It has the same qualities as static guard, but is nicer smelling. I use it for a pre-grooming spray, pouring about an inch in a spray bottle, then filling bottle with water.
Lots and lots of cans of Static Guard spray. Spray down yourself, the horse, blanket if the horse has one, use it while grooming as you brush.
I second static guard and keep it at the barn. I spray my quarter sheet (otherwise known as the blanket of death by my horse from being shocked by it b/f I wised up) every time before I use it. I've also sprayed my hands once because the static was so bad.
I spray the insides of my blankets with Vetrolin Shine before I put them on. I spray & respray my brushes with V Shine while I groom.
I prefer Vetrolin Shine to Show Sheen since I have not had the saddle slip problem with the Shine that I have had with SS in the past.
I will sometime rub down the inside of the blanket with a Bounce sheet. I am just worried he might react badyly to dryer sheets if I use it too much. He seems prone to skin issues.
Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)
Thanks everyone. I know the barn owner regularly sprays the blankets with Static Guard but clearly this isn't enough! Like Ruby Tuesday, I don't look forward to getting my hands moist in this weather but I'm looking less forward to continually shocking my sensitive horse. Thanks for the suggestions, everyone!
If you are taking off a blanket, fold it in thirds while it is still on the horse. Remove the blanket being careful not to touch the horse while doing so. With the back of your hand (it doesn't hurt if you use the back of your hand), touch something metal such as the stall bars. This will discharge the electricity. I haven't gotten any terrible shocks using the back of my hand. Other body parts, not so much...
J-Lu, thank you for posting this question! I've felt so bad over the past few weeks because I keep shocking the bejesus out my poor horse when I take his blankies off. And of course every time I shock him, he acts like I've touched him with a cattle prod and bolts sideways drama queen.
What has worked for me when taking the blanket off is to hold onto the end of the horses tail the entire time I'm sliding the blanket off. Once the blanket is not in contact with the horse you can let go of the tail. I don't know why it works, but it does.
I used to use Static Guard - but it doesn't hold a candle to the conditioner & water in a spray bottle. Much healthier, I think to contact hair/skin and to breathe in. Plus it gives that little bit of moisture that stops the static shock. I just lift the blanket a little and spray underneath before removing the blanket.
I always try to fold the blanket into thirds when I take it off to eliminate static. There is much less area to generate those nasty little shocks, but I also spray myself with static guard, especially when I'm wearing my big down coat. That thing acts like a semi conductor.