I love the horse grooming vacuum - but it makes so much static! What to do?
First and foremost, the vacuum is your friend. It removes that *dust* and *stuff* that no amount of curry combing and grooming and dandy brushing can get. And, in the winter when bathing may not be an option, you will really love this little machine. It's also great for cleaning out your car, sucking the dirt from your tack trunk, and also helping to clean saddle pads before you toss them in the wash.
Most horses will get used to the noise and sensation very quickly. So here are a few tips for use to keep your vacuum in top shape.
- Keep the bag emptied on a regular basis. Do not do this on a windy day. Trust me on this one.
- Try not to let the hose hang so low that your horse can step on it. Or that you can trip on it, which may be the more likely scenario.
- When switching sides, you may want to consider just turning your horse around in the cross ties. I have seen one horse that freaked out when the hose draped across his back....broken cross ties and the metal handle flailing around his legs ....not good!
- The horse grooming vacuum works well on dogs, too! Have not tried it on a cat, but that doesn't sound like a good idea.
Store the hose above ground on a hook to prevent horse and human trips!
Spritz water inside the nozzle and static is reduced! Repeat as necessary.
- If it's staticky and dry and you run the risk of zapping your horse into the next zip code, add water. Either spray or wipe your horse with water, or sprinkle or spray the inside of the horse nozzle with water to cut the static electricity. Repeat as needed.
- I prefer to curry first, then vacuum. I think the curry gets the ground in stuff nice and loose, then the vacuum can do it's job easier.
- You don't have to have the super duper version. Many barns use a canister style horse vacuum, or even a shop vac with a long hose and horse attachment.
There's more than one way to vacuum your horse!
What are your tips for getting the most out of your horse vacuum?