Alum'srider

Static Electricity In Horse Blanket

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Oh My Goodness, can anyone help me with this. Due to Pressure from my family I have now started putting a horse blanket on my Mare. Yes, now even though it is still fall, and hasn't even really gotten cold yet. My mare does have fine thin hair, and does not grow a good winter coat, actually it really doesn't look like a poor winter coat. She is healthy, but that is her DNA.

OK, we (Alum my mare and I ) are learning how to put this thing on, and she is learning how to protest somewhat quietly. That's not the issue. When I take it off it shocks the devil out of her. Up until now it has been minor, but this morning there was a couple of jolts that got me, and she took a couple of the the h-ll out of dodge steps. How do you get the electricity out of your blankets. For my cloths I use a hair product in a pump, have considered that, but it is liquid, and do not want to hold moisture between her, and the blanket. Like I said, I am learning about this thing. Took it off of her this morning as it is calling for freezing rain, or rain. My family kinda fussed at me as the blanket is water proof. [Question]

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Purchase some static guard spray. Should be able to find it at Walmart or somesuch near lint rollers or if not there, in the fabric dept.

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I've had this problem with only one of my horses and her nylon sheet. I'd never had the problem before this year with static, but I just took it off with one hand and kept my other hand on her and no problem. (Like the other poster suggested) I know you said you were new to blanketing, but taking a waterproof blanket off before it's about to start freezing rain or rain, can cause more harm than good. The blanket will make whatever coat she has lay down and if you take it off and it's really cold it will be hard for her to adjust, especially when the rain is falling. I'm not trying to tell you what to do or anything just making a simple suggestion lol. I know my weatherbeeta blankets keep my horses completely dry even in the pouring rain. Good luck with your blanket ordeal. :smilie:

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I had that issue with my first horse. I couldn't ever figure out why he was sooo stinkin crabby one winter. Turned out to be all the static shocking him!! I bought a bottle of Equinique (sp?) spray on leave in conditioner and just gave him a fine mist, rubbed it in, and threw on the blankie. Things were MUCH better after I started doing that!

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Wow! I didn't know there was such a thing as Static Guard Broo! Cool! I wonder if I can spray it directly on horse tails? It's been so dry here lately that Tigo and Gully have been coming in with their tails looking like they are touching one of those static machine balls.

I've rubbed with drier sheets in the past.

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static guard does work wonders.. sometimes when i don't have it at hand.. i run to the washroom in the barn and grab one of the fabric softener/static guard-type sheets you throw in the dryer.. i rub it all over the horse and then stick the blanket on.. that usually does the trick when im in a pinch for time and can't find the sg spraybottle

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Ditto on the Static Guard. It stinks, but it works. Use it on your clothes too.

I'd be kinda careful about the blanketing. Horses are tough critters and you'd be surprised what they can handle in terms of the elements. My horse is a narrow little Arab/Saddlebred cross but he's championed over all the snow we've been getting the last couple winters. I try not to blanket unless I really really need to.

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Do you find you have more trouble with this when using synthetic lined blankets, over say, wool lined blankets?

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static guard does work wonders.. sometimes when i don't have it at hand.. i run to the washroom in the barn and grab one of the fabric softener/static guard-type sheets you throw in the dryer.. i rub it all over the horse and then stick the blanket on.. that usually does the trick when im in a pinch for time and can't find the sg spraybottle

/\ I do that to my cats all winter. /\

SG spray would work great for a horse blanket.

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Thanks Guys

My gut tells me that she doesn't need a blanket on, and to hold off until it gets really cold in Jan or Feb, like I said I am getting pressure from my Husband, and daughter (daughter is now working at a vet clinic and has talked to the vet about our horses, and this is what the vet says to do) She (the vet says that since Alum has such thin hair that she needs one now. My gut says not yet. Will the blanket on now stop the hair from growing out for a winter coat?? I am not a vet, or a trainer. Experience is in the middle of the road, so still learning things. As I said new to this blanket thing..

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I am brand new to this forum. I am also brand new to horses. Just a wild hair I have gotten in my old age. I rode as a teenager in England but never could afford to ride or own a horse once we got back to the states. So I am living my life dream. I am very serious about doing this right and have been reading, taking lessons, working with trainers etc. I have been getting to know my new mare over the past few weeks . We were getting along great until Sunday and I experienced the blanket static electricity shock. We were both on a rubber mat and I had rubber shoes. When I removed the blanket ( she is big 16.2 so I have to slide it) she got a tremendous shock. She came unglued a bit and snorted and carried on. I got her calmed down but had to touch her and I shocked her again. It is me as much as her. I have shocked myself all day long today. I have tried leather gloves........who dreamed that one up? It doesn't work. I can't allow this to happen again. It was so scary for Julie that I wanted to cry. It pretty much messed up our good week we were having. Has everyone used or tried what they are suggesting or was it just something you read or heard about. I have to have the REAL thing because I am really trying to bond with this beautiful girl. THis is what I have read or heard about so far or been told.

Fabric softener sheets

Leather gloves

Cotton under sheet

Cowboy magic products

Static guard

Oil in their food

HELP!!!!!!Thanks so much. [bang Head]

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Static Guard would be your best bet IMHO.

But while sliding off the blanket, keep your hand on her neck, shoulder or whereever.

Your rubber shoes will ground any static. Its when the static tries to jump between you and the horse that causes the Zap.

Use static guard on the blanket, and when removing the blanket, keep your hand on her.

(Had the same problem one year, static guard WORKS. )

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Thanks Guys

My gut tells me that she doesn't need a blanket on, and to hold off until it gets really cold in Jan or Feb, like I said I am getting pressure from my Husband, and daughter (daughter is now working at a vet clinic and has talked to the vet about our horses, and this is what the vet says to do) She (the vet says that since Alum has such thin hair that she needs one now. My gut says not yet. Will the blanket on now stop the hair from growing out for a winter coat?? I am not a vet, or a trainer. Experience is in the middle of the road, so still learning things. As I said new to this blanket thing..

Go with your gut. I only used a blanket one year with Zeus. We had issues with feed/supplements and he wasn't growing a winter coat, when he usually puffed up like a wooly mammoth.

But you know what's normal in your mare. If its normal for her to carry on into the end of the month without much of a coat. No shivering, or weight loss, or anything like that from her, then I think you'll be fine. But do go with your gut.

[smiley Wavey]

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Great!! I did static guard her blanket yesterday. The barn owner took the blankets off because it was too warm. It has been well below freezing here lately with a wicked wind chill so she has been blanketing all the horses. I really don't know about Julie and her cold tolerance. I have only had her for a month. Her previous owner clipped her down so i think she definitely needs blanketing except on milder, sunny days. That sun can really help. Thanks so much for the response.

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I have to use a blanket on my old mare and my young Arab, who won't grow a darn coat at all. My other gelding doesn't need one at all. Make sure the blanket you're using is the right weight for your weather too. If it's too thin, it will just make the horse colder (presses down the hair, so all warmth must come from the blanket.) Same thing if it's too heavy, it just makes the horse miserable. Thing is, once you start using a blanket, you have to keep using it all winter.

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