It's always good to have a bit of "spark" in a relationship but, this is getting ridiculous. Every time I take the blanket off of Emma, one or both of us gets a bad zap. I can't think of a better way to alienate a horse and especially a donkey. It is one of the many things I dislike about horse blankets, along with the dry, itchy, skin and dandruff because the blankets absorb the natural oils in the horses' coat. Luckily, I have found something that really helps these problems. And I know, I know, this is starting to sound like a commercial but, it isn't. It's only that I have a problem with static, I am familiar with the skin problems associated with blanketing and I have seen 3 other blog posts about static this week (sorry, I didn't keep track of who's) so I thought I would share my solution.
I have been using a spray called "Healthy Haircare Moisturizer", it has lanolin in it and it really cuts down on the static problem as well as the dry skin. It helps with the static even if you aren't using blankets.
I also got to thinking about this stuff.... I am wondering if it would help give a donkey a little bit of "water-proofing". It seems logical to me. Donkeys are desert animals and lack the protective oils in their coats that help horses deal with wet weather. A little bit of lanolin could go a long way. Have any of you tried this? I can't see any downside, the spray is very light and does not mat down or clump the hair. I would be very interested to hear if anybody has used this stuff for that purpose. If not, I will probably give it a try. The only thing I don't like about this spray is its smell, it is very perfumey. Although, I will admit that I am ultra sensitive to this sort of thing. I can live with it, so most people probably won't even notice it. I would rather have a slightly smelly donkey than one who thinks I am carrying a cattle prod everywhere I go.