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Pur­chase: Groom­ing vac­uum

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The con­ve­nience of a groom­ing vac­uum is di­min­ished if it reg­u­larly breaks, clogs or sim­ply doesn’t do a good job. You’ll want to pur­chase a model made specif­i­cally for clean­ing horses and one with a good rep­u­ta­tion for last­ing a long time. And while all horses will have to be ac­cli­mated to the noise of any vac­uum, a qui­eter model will be more suit­able for par­tic­u­larly sen­si­tive horses. There are large, sta­tion­ary vac­u­ums, as well as small, portable mod­els that can be taken to shows. Many mod­els have a “blow” op­tion that can be help­ful for dry­ing horses, and nearly all come with a va­ri­ety of at­tach­ments. Bags that col­lect the dust may be dis­pos­able or a longer-last­ing va­ri­ety, de­pend­ing on the brand and model. Plan on spend­ing at least $250 and closer to $600 for the top-of-the­line mod­els.

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