I’ve read past threads in which some of the professional dog groomers who post on CoTH have recommended blowing dirt (or hair) off coats. I own a Metro Vac N Blow, which I’ve pretty much used only for horse vacuuming, with once-in-a-blue-moon attempts to employ it in its blower capacity.
But today, as I was preparing my horses for their annual fall pre-clipping baths, I decided to try the recommended-by-dog-groomers method in place of my usual vacuum. This time, however, I utilized the crevice tool. Lo and behold! The results on my densely-coated, furry horses were amazing:yes:. I’d already curried to the best of my ability, followed with two types of brushes, but the amount of dust liberated by air blowing, in place of vacuuming, was phenomenal.
Then, when I bathed the horses, there was relatively little dirt left to remove – only had to soap them up once, and saw very little soil in the rinse, as so much had already been removed by the air blowing through their coats.
So, thank you very much to those who have suggested this on various past threads. It really worked; I attribute part of this to the choice of tool, which concentrated the air flow and separated the hair (I’d never tried the crevice tool before). This is going to be part of my new pre-bath/pre-clip routine from now on.