What I would do is have another person hold her (instead of tying her, I'd be worried that she could end up with a tying phobia if she's really super terrified of water) and then do basically what you described. Praise her when she's acting comfortable about the water near her and ignore her attempts to get away. Just make sure the person holding her is horse-smart and that they have a hold of her lead line near her face, you don't want to end up "lunging" her with water. haha
Maybe you could spend some time this winter getting her used to the hose? That would probably help her significantly when you actually do bath her. So she only has to contend with one scary "danger". Just have the hose everywhere and act like it's no big deal. Have her step over it, be rubbed with it, watch her buddies be touched with it, basically make the hose an everyday sort of thing. =)
Good luck! =)
Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding
Rest peacefully, Lacey.
Last edited by Wallaby; 01-02-2010 at 12:49 PM.