Keeping a horse clean and well-groomed can be quite a task. Not only are horses bigger than us, but they are hard to bathe as well. This is doubly hard if you do not have just one, but several of them. Imagine having several horses in your stable and having to groom and bathe them every few days to keep their manes shiny and clean. Even if you have assistants to help you, it is next to impossible to bathe them on a regular basis. That is where a horse vacuum comes into picture. As the name suggests, it vacuums any dirt, debris, fleas, ticks and other foreign materials on the horse’s body. This is especially useful during the cold months when your horses are not bathed because of the cold weather. Vacuuming a horse serves as a substitute for bathing. It gets rid of anything that must not be on the horse’s mane and body. Read this article to know more about vacuuming a horse.
- Take your horse out of the stable. Tie it to a nearby tree to prevent from running away while being vacuumed.
- Prepare the materials that you will need. Get the vacuum, make sure it is clean and connect it to the power source. You will also need a horse’s comb to comb its mane. Remember: the mane must not be vacuumed as the hairs will get sucked in and tangle.
- Calm your horse. If this is your first time to use a vacuum, your horse may be startled with the sound. Try to soothe him by stroking his body gently.
- Turn on the vacuum. When you turn it on, make sure that you are well away from the horse in case it bucks from the whirring sound. Slowly inch your way to the horse until you can reach its body.
- Start vacuuming. When the horse has gotten used to the sound, you can start vacuuming the head, progressing downwards, along the body, neck, back, all the way through its legs. Make sure that you keep a safe distance in case it kicks, especially when you are vacuuming its back. While the vacuum is on your dominant hand, use your other hand in stroking the horse’s body to calm and soothe it while being vacuumed.
- Comb the mane. When you have covered the entire body, check if there is any more dirt or debris left. When there are none, comb the horse’s mane gently. Make sure that it does not get tangled. Return the horse to its stable and feed it.
When doing this task, it is important to make your horse feel comfortable around you. If he is not familiar with you, you may end up being kicked by the horse’s hooves. You do not want that to happen. As much as possible, do not delegate the task to anyone especially if the horse does not know your assistant. Be gentle in vacuuming your horse. If you see any signs of discomfort in your horse while it is being vacuumed, discontinue the task at once. It may buck and kick you in the process. Also, do not let kids hang around while you are vacuuming.