It's cold... and I feel like I can never get a horse clean in this kind of weather. No matter how much I curry or how much I brush, there is dander and dirt that won't vacate itself from the horse's coat. I wanted to buy an Electro Groom, but they are super expensive... like over $600 super expensive. I can't justify purchasing a $600 vacuum for THR... we just can't afford it. That's close to 170 bales of hay!
So I went to Home Depot and did some searching. I found a few vacuums that bragged about being more quiet than the rest. I settled on this one: Ridgid 16 gallon 6.5HP Stainless Steel Vacuum with the Industrial Hose. I really didn't know what to expect with the sound of the vacuum, or its sucking power, or if the horses would like it. I took a chance, that's for sure! But Home Depot is great with returns and at $179, I knew I couldn't go wrong. I set it up yesterday and tested it out today! First, I tried one of the vacuum attachments that was sold with the vacuum. It didn't work well. It grabbed at their skin too tight and made the horse nervous. It really didn't do a good job of picking out the dander. Then, I tried an attachment with a brush end. It didn't get deep enough to the skin to get the dander off either. Finally, I duct taped one of the barn's Electro Groom chrome attachments to the end of the hose and tried it. It worked perfectly! You can buy it here: Inside Fit Replacement Nozzle.
I'll have to say, I am really pleased with the results. I was able to get off the dust and dander on their coats and the horses really seem to love being vacuumed. I was apprehensive about vacuuming the more thin-skinned Thoroughbreds, but they loved it too!
Check out the video I did below!