Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Our work yesterday was set back by an electrical problem.  Static.  I shocked him a couple times in sensitive places, darn it.  So I got some unscented dryer sheets and rubbed him down but it didn't seem to help a lot.  I also made a cotton lead rope, because I think my crappy fuzzy synthetic lead rope was making it worse.  I think the plastic mounting block was part of the problem too.  Would be nice to be able to use it, but at this point I'm going to have to put it aside.

What do you do about static on your horses?  I put some Show Sheen on his neck this morning, but this isn't a product I normally use and I'm not sure what to expect from it.  I was thinking about maybe rubbing him down lightly with some kind of oil (coconut, olive?).  I'll also try to wear non-synthetic clothes - but I was wearing mostly cotton yesterday.  I might pick up a non-plastic brush for him later today too.  What a pain in the butt, but I can't have him thinking I'm painful to touch.

After playing the "squeeze game" (no I am not a parrelli-ite, but it's a good name for the exercise) between the fence rail and the mounting block and a bucket, I had a seat on the bucket and we just chilled out.

The view from under my hat brim:


Then I let Scout in with him briefly.  It was pretty anti-climactic, and Jasper was more courageous than I expected.  Scout put on a big show lunging at him with pinned ears, and of course he moved away, but later he was the one squealing and moving Scout.  I really hope Scout gets knocked down a peg, but we'll have to see what happens.  His mom is so tolerant of him, he thinks he's pretty special and that gets annoying sometimes.


"Can I bite you?"

"No thanks."

Scout gets distracted easily.  I think Katia was walking by the creek with the dogs.

Now I really, really need to get out and trim Scout's hooves.  They're looking pretty bad.  I hope one trim can set him up right.  I guess I've been neglecting him.  I didn't think it had been that long.  I'm thinking about hiring a farrier to trim these two, since they're our riders, and I may want to have Scout shod this summer.  I have heard a lot of good things about one guy, and met one donkey that he trimmed.  The donkey had very nice looking hooves so maybe, just maybe, there's a good farrier here?


The Dancing Donkey said...

There is a conditioning spray called Healthy Haircare Moisturizer, it has a bit of lanolin in it and it does help. Showsheen might actually make it worse. The other thing that helps is, if there is a metal post nearby, hold the post while stroking Jasper. The post will ground you and discharge the electricity into the earth rather that through you. If there is no post, you can try standing (or have him stand) on a bit of chain or other metal to do the same thing.

Andrea -Mustang Saga said...

I kind of wondered if the show sheen might make it worse. Of course I thought of that AFTER I put it on. I know when I use stuff in my hair that's supposed to make it shiny, it tends to stand on end more.

I don't have any metal out there, but I do have chains around. Yesterday I resorted to bending over and touching the ground before I touched him. I imagine with my rubber/plastic soles my boots are probably not a good ground.

I have yet to play with Jasper today, but hopefully when I do we won't be shocking each other.

Keechy said...

Static can be pain with those sensitive horses. My Possum got most upset if we got zapped and sadly she was the most zappable horse I've ever had. Maybe some horses (equines) are more staticky than others? I wonder if wearing boots with leather soles would help?

Cindy D. said...

Trax + Static = 3 foot jump sideways and a look that says, "Why are you biting me?"