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MRSJODIEC

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MRSJODIEC says:

Static Shocks

 HI all,

My daughters pony has been on box rest for the past 8 weeks, on rubber matting as she is very over weight. She gets exercised every day and has now started to spend 1hour in the field every other day. last week we got front shoes on her. Since then she has been full of static just when she is ridden. so much so she is now moving away from my daughter when she is getting on to avoid a shock. Over the past few days the shocks have got worse, we can hear them every time her back legs brush together. We have tried moving her off the matting, changing her saddle cloth but it is still happening. Has anyone else experienced anything like?

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Static Shocks

Weird!!

I've only ever experienced shocks from taking off a fly rug or polyester under rug, and usually if they've had a rinse in fabric conditioner it does help stop it.

If it's just when she's ridden, I'm thinking it's your daughter who is bringing the static, maybe in something she's wearing?

And did it ever happen previously, before the box rest?

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill

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SarahR123

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SarahR123 says:

Re: Static Shocks

How odd.  I'm the same as greyandbay... I've only experienced it when taking off nylon rugs on cold dry days and yes, the horses hate it!  Might be worth getting your daughter to wear man made fibres and earth herself out before she rides in case it's her - not sure on best way to earth herself out but maybe touching a metal post?  Is pony rugged in the stable?  If yes, consider taking it off or replacing with a cotton rug.  Is the stable anywhere near an electricity pylon as I've heard this can build the static charge

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SarahR123

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SarahR123 says:

Re: Static Shocks

One more thing to add is that a lot of vets these days prefer ponies to be out moving around where there is minimal/no grazing rather than being in a stable.  Would you have the option to find her a small area with little or no grass where she could be outside? That'd sort your problem!

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