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post #1 of 9 Old 10-03-2010, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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My two-year-old paint horse could use a bath after some rides, but I'm afraid she'll spook at the water. Any ways to slowly break her into it?

Oh, and what temperature should the water be, about? I don't want to freeze her but I know it shouldn't be too hot either. It's almost winter where I live and I'd like to get her cleaned before it's too cold. Thanks!
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post #2 of 9 Old 10-03-2010, 10:32 AM
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To get your horse used to it, I would start at the neck so that you can hold onto the leadshank, or have someone else there to hold her. Talk to her the whole time you are doing it so that she knows you aren't trying to kill her with the water. A bucket and a sponge for now would be your best bet, then next summer you can lead up to just being able to use the hose.

Now that it is fall, try luke warm to warm water.

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post #3 of 9 Old 10-03-2010, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I'm sure Roxy will love it.
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post #4 of 9 Old 10-03-2010, 12:07 PM
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Start at her hooves. If she starts to move keep the water on her hooves until she stops moving, then take the water off. After hooves move to fetlocks, then legs, etc, not removing the water until she's still.
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post #5 of 9 Old 10-03-2010, 12:30 PM
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My horses would all freak if I started hosing them down on the neck! As Sunny stated, it seems to work best if you start at the hooves. If you are concerned that she will be afraid of that, start spraying the ground near her. Gradually spray closer and closer, then once you are getting her wet, move farther up her legs.

A hay bag or net might help keep her attention on something else, so she may be more accepting of the hose. Also, watching other horses (ones that are used to being washed) might not be a bad idea--then your mare can get used to the noise of the hose and the process.

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post #6 of 9 Old 10-03-2010, 12:41 PM
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I was saying start at the neck with a sponge....not a hose.

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post #7 of 9 Old 10-03-2010, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the replies, I'll definitely start her with just a sponge and soap and with the hose at her feet.
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post #8 of 9 Old 10-03-2010, 03:57 PM
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It should be at least 50 degrees outside and preferably lukewarm water.
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post #9 of 9 Old 10-03-2010, 05:34 PM
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I also prefer to give a horse their first few baths after I have worked them fairly hard and they are all sweaty. They are less likely to be snorty and fresh and it doesn't take them long to figure out that the cool water feels really good on their hot hide.

Other than that, just like Sunny said, start at her feet. If you think it might be the sound of the nozzle that is bothering her, then start with just using your thumb on the hose to create a spray. After she is used to that, then you can attach the nozzle.
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