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    It's that time of year again where your clothes get covered in horse hair! I don't know about you, but I like to bypass this as quickly as possible. Does anyone out there have any good tips on how to get that winter coat off and bring the summer coat in?

    I know my favorite brush right now is this: http://www.osterpro.com/Product.aspx...d=982&pid=6412
    This curry and a shedding blade can really get some hair off!

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    I have a shedding blade with 2 blades instead of one that I like. I also use an epona flower. I also use a plastic mane brush. I go over the great hairy beast with all three.

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    • #3
      I use a shedding blade, one of those epona flowers, and a groomers stone works wonders on a coat.
      another thing i do is a hot towel bath. curry after that and the hair comes right out.

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      • #4
        Shop vac. Be sure to clear the filter after each use. I get no hair on me and very few on my tack and saddle pad

        I vacuum going against the growth direction of the hair with the regular vacuum attachment. This pulls up lots of hair. Then suck up all the hair by holding the end at 45 deg angle to the skin with no attachment. Then go the normal direction of the hair with the fuzzy attachment for a nice finished coat.

        People think I torture my horses with year round baths but in reality I have a $30 mini-shop vac from lowes.

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        • #5
          I use a force dryer meant for drying dogs. Blasts all the hair and dirt off. Its super loud though and I don't recommend doing it inside, but its very effective and can be done even in the middle of winter just to get dirt off.

          Before I had that (I really bought it for my show poodle), I used a cheap shop vac.

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          • #6
            Stop shed or body clipped hair from sticking to you by breaking the electric charge. Buy a human hair conditioner labeled as a "Humectant". I use Suave Professional Humectant Conditioner. Pour a half inch of the concentrate into a quart spray bottle and fill with water. Spray coat before grooming and the loose hair falls to the ground instead of sticking to you.

            A humectant also breaks the electrical attraction that causes dust to stick tighter to hair the harder you brush, as friction in brushing builds up more electrical charge.

            "Humectant" is a moisture attracting property - draws moisture out of the air to stop static electricity, the way Static Guard works on fabric.
            The drier your climate, the more you need this stuff.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Plumcreek View Post
              Stop shed or body clipped hair from sticking to you by breaking the electric charge. Buy a human hair conditioner labeled as a "Humectant". I use Suave Professional Humectant Conditioner. Pour a half inch of the concentrate into a quart spray bottle and fill with water. Spray coat before grooming and the loose hair falls to the ground instead of sticking to you.

              A humectant also breaks the electrical attraction that causes dust to stick tighter to hair the harder you brush, as friction in brushing builds up more electrical charge.

              "Humectant" is a moisture attracting property - draws moisture out of the air to stop static electricity, the way Static Guard works on fabric.
              The drier your climate, the more you need this stuff.
              I think this might be the best trick! Gonna try this one for sure.

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                #8
                The shop vac is genious! I might try this on my dead broke trail horse who also looks like a woolly mammoth right now! The woolly mammoth 2yo....maybe not!

                I have also never seen the epona flower. I might have to get one of those.

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                • #9
                  One of the best shedding devices I have found for the wooly ones is a regular hoof rasp...the long ones that farriers use.

                  Just hold it in both hands and go to town! Those things really pull off the hair.

                  I like the humectant tip. I am going to try that.

                  We do have one of the big blue vacuums and they work great. But for the yaks the rasp is the way to go.
                  Kanoe Godby
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                  • #10
                    For those that vacuum, how do the horses typically react at first? I would love to try it on my mare, but I'm not sure what she'd think of the noise and suction.
                    Caitlin
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                    • #11
                      BODY CLIP. Problem solved.
                      Click here before you buy.

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                      • #12
                        IF IT'S WARM ENOUGH = A HOSING HELPS ```

                        If it is warm enough a hosing and scraping helps ```
                        I know sounds messy but hey try it
                        IT WORKS !
                        Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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                        • #13
                          Not only can one use the vacuum on the horse, it does wonders on the saddle pads. Less washing needed and less crud afterwards.

                          Please keep the other hand on the horse. Then you can tell if the static electricity is building up before the big zap. Don't use it on the bony or delicate areas. The conditioner sounds like it would be less expensive than spraying static guard on the horse. I added another copper wire as a ground wire to the hose, going to the ground to help with the static.

                          Any thoughts on keeping the clipped hair from blowing all over you?
                          Intermediate Riding Skills

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by deltawave View Post
                            BODY CLIP. Problem solved.
                            I'm seriously considering this but I'm also worried the weather could suddenly turn cold again and then my horses would have no hair left to keep them warm.

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                            • #15
                              That's why God made turnout sheets and liners for layering. No need to drag the skanky, muddy, heavy winter blankets back out--a waterproof turnout and anti-sweat or fleece cooler will see you through the changeable days.
                              Click here before you buy.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by RedMare01 View Post
                                For those that vacuum, how do the horses typically react at first? I would love to try it on my mare, but I'm not sure what she'd think of the noise and suction.
                                They snort. A Lot. But then ASBs snort alot anyway.

                                I vaccum Grey with a Dirt Devil and he's fine. He was a little boogery about the cord, but that's typical. He's suspicious of all machines with cords. The sensation of the vacuum didn't phase him much. My broodmare didn't blink an eye, but she is pretty bomb proof about all grooming procedures.

                                I've also used shop vacs on horses with no problem. Just use typical common horse sense and it should be fine.
                                ::I do not understand your specific kind of crazy, but I do admire your total commitment to it::

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by RedMare01 View Post
                                  For those that vacuum, how do the horses typically react at first? I would love to try it on my mare, but I'm not sure what she'd think of the noise and suction.
                                  We have an Electro-Groom at my barn:

                                  Electro-Groom

                                  My horse looooves it. He stands with one hind leg cocked and eyes half closed while I vacuum. I thought he would hit the roof the first time I tried it, but he surprised me!

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by RedMare01 View Post
                                    For those that vacuum, how do the horses typically react at first? I would love to try it on my mare, but I'm not sure what she'd think of the noise and suction.
                                    Our guys have all taken to it with no problems. Even the ones who you think will completely lose it are fine. We have a high strung appendix who doesn't like new things, is absolutely terrified of clippers and he stood there like it was no big deal the first time he was vacuumed.

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                                    • #19
                                      I've been attacking my horse with a combo of the SleekEZ and the Shed Flower. I will definitely have to try the humectant trick though, I've been coming away COVERED in fur. Not attractive.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by KateKat View Post
                                        I've been coming away COVERED in fur. Not attractive.

                                        My Rocky mare has been shedding since 1/1/12. She is a 6 yr old this year. Nope nothing wrong with her at all. She gets a thick coat.

                                        She is still shedding now. She grows a fur coat starting in late august. I am in 'bama. Some of the fur coming off is sunburned. Can't wait until she is slick and shiny once more.

                                        I use a double shedding blade, and a grooma, which is the rubbery thing with fingers on it. A soft grooma on her face and legs. Gnats here are bad already.

                                        I am tired of the fur for sure! She is doing her job by rolling in the grass.

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