• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

How do you get rid of the static?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • How do you get rid of the static?

    The static is killing me! Every time I take off a blanket I am getting sapped, and some of them really hurt. Most of the time I can hear it building up when I am taking off the blanket so I can prepare myself but tonight it got me and the horse GOOD and I didn't hear it coming. My hand went numb for a sec and he flew to the other side of the stall and looked at me like I had three heads growing, So people from up north how do you stop the madness?

  • #2
    Try spraying some Static Guard (http://www.mystaticguard.com/ ) on your blankets.
    Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.


    • #3
      Works every time:
      Wet the fingers of one hand in a bucket (or spit on them). Keep the wet fingers in firm contact with the horse untill the blanket is totally off and away. This grounds you and the horse. It works better if you keep horse contact with the wet fingers on the hand that is not scooping the blanket off.

      If I have to hold a horse and remove a blanket, I hold the lead rope with the left hand, wet the right hand fingers, and scoop blanket firmly up the neck and over the head with blanket gathered between my thumb and wet fingers pressing against the horse. (I am lazy and do not undo chest straps).

      You have static in FLORIDA ??????
      Comprehensive Equestrian Site Planning and Facility Design


      • #4
        We have a ton of static here in Charleston, SC (or maybe it's just me)... I hate winter.. my car shocks me every time I get out and close the door. My dogs shock me... the horse shocks me when I take his blanket off. Metal doors shock me. When I stick my house key in the door sometimes I can see the spark (although I personally don't feel this one lol). It's nuts.. I get to the point where I'm afraid to touch stuff.
        Custom Painted Brushes: spcustombrushes@gmail.com


        • #5
          Maybe try having a box of dryer sheets handy and rub that on the sheet and horse before removing the blanket? Not sure, but I would think that could help.

          It IS cold and dry here in FL - 27 degrees this morning. My horses have static in their tails - I've been spraying them with Showsheen and using conditioner to help with that. They come in with their tails splayed all over their hindquarters and legs. It freaks the 2 year olds out lol!


          • #6
            Touch any part of the horse's body where there's bare skin while you're removing the blanket. There are very few such places, and most involve getting intimate with your horse, but it works.

            The first few times are a bit tricky until you get your moves figured out, but then it becomes second nature.

            The same trick works when grooming, but you have to be a bit of a contortionist to groom all the spots.

            My grey was very static prone. The radio on the aisle wall would crackle while I was brushing him. I got two anti-static wrist straps like the computer geeks use and wired them together. I placed one around the base of his tail so the contact pad touched the bare skin under his tail, and fastened the other around my wrist. It looked a bit silly, but while everybody else's horses were jumping around, mine was enjoying a snooze.
            The inherent vice of Capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
            Winston Churchill


            • #7
              I also have a super effective grooming spray for winter static that is dirt cheap.
              Buy a bottle of Suave Professional Hair Conditioner - Humectant (only)
              Pour 3/4 inch in the base of a spray bottle and fill with water. Mist horse before and while grooming and you'll have no static and shed hair falls to the floor. Also works while body clipping.

              The Humectant conditioner has the same chemicals as Static Guard and dryer sheets, just nicer smelling and shines the horse.
              Comprehensive Equestrian Site Planning and Facility Design


              • #8
                I use dryer sheets, personally. Just bought a box yesterday, as my very sweet parents bought my dog a fleece-lined blanket, and she and I keep getting shocked every time I take it off! I will definitely try the humectant, though!


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Frank B View Post
                  Touch any part of the horse's body where there's bare skin while you're removing the blanket. There are very few such places, and most involve getting intimate with your horse, but it works.

                  OK I feel stupid. I have been just touching my horse and it didn't work.

                  So I need a hair free zone top properly dezap.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by LMH View Post
                    OK I feel stupid. I have been just touching my horse and it didn't work.

                    So I need a hair free zone top properly dezap.
                    Firm pressure works in an area with hair IF you wet your fingers first, and keep firm contact until the blanket is totally off.
                    Comprehensive Equestrian Site Planning and Facility Design


                    • #11
                      When taking off a fleece or blanket I hold metal that's grounded in my one hand , same when grooming, never anymore problems with static .