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3/5/13 10:33 P

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Great topic!

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2/10/10 5:56 P

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Wow!! What a team!! TY for all of the replies!! I will trial and see what works best!! Luckily we are having a "warm" spell! Mid upper 20's and low 30's so I don't have to blanket! Maybe flurries in the forecast too. Dry cold unusual for Maine!! Can't wait for "Mud season" and warmer temps! LOL! emoticon

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2/10/10 4:18 P

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It is so dry here that it is a real problem, my gelding is high strung enough without zapping him with my glove when petting him.

I had to CUT a very nice fleece closed front blanket liner off of him a few weeks ago because it was zapping him so bad I could not pull it off over his head. I even sprayed a conditioner mix all over him and the blanket but it was zapping form the first 1/4 inch lift at hindquarters.

I cut it straight down the front so I will have a chest strap sewn on to avoid potential over the head zapping.

I have heard spraying with a show sheen type of product underneath real good helps, I will have to try that!

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2/10/10 12:40 P

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I ran into that when I moved to the dry cold winter climate of western Nebraska. I found that if I grounded myself to something metal (like the pipe fence) while removing a blanket it was a big help. Also spritzing my brushes with a little grooming spray (like diluted conditioner) picked up dust and did not generate more static. Of course, you don't want to soak anything but it sure helped to have a lite mist. I also used a good detangler on the tails, they seem to generate their own static field otherwise! If the ground is a bit muddy, there is not nearly as much static.

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KATHLEENS1964's Photo KATHLEENS1964 Posts: 3,173
2/10/10 12:16 P

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Oh - reading KATIE's entry made me think of another tip to try - try BOUNCE fabric softener sheets - just rub him down with those, and rub on the underside of the blanket.

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2/10/10 12:09 P

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When I first rescued my boy Cole, he had lived his whole life in a heated box stall (15 years!). He never got to experience growing a winter coat and his hair was like velvet. I've never seen anything like it but the static electricity was amazing. The dust would stick to it and he would never look black. You could write messages on his belly and everyone would laugh. Anyway I got these wipes made to get rid of the static and those worked real good. They were a little pricey though. I forget the brand but I got them at Stateline Tack. You guys still have those back east right? Now that Cole is able to grow a winter coat for the last two years, the static problem is gone. Good Luck!

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KATHLEENS1964's Photo KATHLEENS1964 Posts: 3,173
2/10/10 12:07 P

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Hi There! You can spray the insides of your blankets with Static Guard (you can buy it at walmart or usually any drug store) and that will help. Also try on your brushes, or dip your grooming brush in water before laying it on your horse. Overly dry air usually creates more static, so you must be having an unusually low humidity level in your area this year. Good luck!

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2/10/10 11:39 A

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Has anyone else had this issue come up in the winter with shifting, Removing blankets or with grooming horses??? I never did before this winter ,using the same blankets etc!! My poor gelding,Liam!! One prickle of a shock and he begins to panic even when I touch him!! :( grooming should be relaxing/calming especially in the winter!! Yikes!! Any ideas on how to prevent this??? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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