Horse afraid of water? - Page 2 - The Horse Forum

LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 21 Old 07-24-2010, 09:31 PM
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
Posts: 6,179
• Horses: 5
Originally Posted by justinebee View Post
iit's been a really slow process, but being agressive with her does no good at all. I've had to be very patient with her, and she is VERY slowly making progress (we started this task about a month or two ago).

Any suggestions on what else to do with her?
A month or two is really no time at all and if you are making progress with what you're doing, I wouldn't change a thing (and you right about being aggressive...that never works).

On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.
PaintHorseMares is online now  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 21 Old 07-26-2010, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Yorktown, VA
Posts: 35
• Horses: 3
thank you everyone....i don't think he really is afraid of water as much as it is the hose because he LOVES playin in the water trough
bubblechic11 is offline  
post #13 of 21 Old 07-29-2010, 08:55 AM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 176
• Horses: 1
My horse is the same. Dx He swears it's some method of killing him. XD For baths I just use a wash cloth and ring it out a little then go over him that way. After he gets used to that I just keep more water on it and scrub him down.
Kawairashii Ichigo is offline  
post #14 of 21 Old 07-29-2010, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Yorktown, VA
Posts: 35
• Horses: 3
Kawairashii-Thanx a bunch I will try might just work
bubblechic11 is offline  
post #15 of 21 Old 07-29-2010, 08:19 PM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 176
• Horses: 1
No problem~! Hope it works~ >w< <3 :3
Kawairashii Ichigo is offline  
post #16 of 21 Old 07-30-2010, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Yorktown, VA
Posts: 35
• Horses: 3
I hope so too.............:/
bubblechic11 is offline  
post #17 of 21 Old 07-31-2010, 03:44 PM
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Yakima, Washington
Posts: 29
• Horses: 0
I think it is the noise of the water through the hose that causes anxiety therefore I start by getting them use to noise while grooming. I also have the luxury of warm water that is not as much a shock when you start wetting the legs.
goforgait is offline  
post #18 of 21 Old 08-02-2010, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Yorktown, VA
Posts: 35
• Horses: 3
yeah I've tried that he just sees the hose or any water not in a bucket or trough as somthing that out to get him and yes sometimes that includes rain but not always
bubblechic11 is offline  
post #19 of 21 Old 08-03-2010, 05:35 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
Posts: 4,985
• Horses: 0
Lots of excellent advice.

Originally Posted by smrobs View Post
Oh, and I forgot to mention that I will also slowly work up the pressure of the water and then start using my thumb over the end of the hose to create a spray before ever putting a nozzle on the hose.
I have cheap $3 brass nozzles from WalMart on the ends of my water hoses that I can quickly adjust the spray.

One of my horses likes a pretty heavy spray on his chest and that's where it ends; I have to lighten the spray for the rest of him and I sort of mist his tummy.

Another one doesn't like a heavy spray anywhere.

The other two don't care what I do for the most part unless they've got skin allergies and the heavy spray hurts.

Point-being the 3 yr old may not now or ever be comfortable with a a heavy spray hitting him. Since, as someone else mentioned, it is us humans that have decided horses need baths, we should accommodate them as much as we can while still teaching them to accept a bath in a mannerly fashion.

I do not use a water hose on anyone's face --- ever. It's a pain but the horse should not be subjected to being made to feel like he's going to drown, lose his eyesight and his hearing all at once by having a water hose flailing water around his face.

I really agree with letting the horse be loose, so he doesn't feel confined. Granted all horses should probably learn to stand in cross-ties but not for bathing when they are green.

My horses are all older, well-seasoned and will stand in cross ties but when I bath them, I bring them out in yard, drop the rope and nobody moves<-----that would be a yard full of grass and by moving I mean no one puts their head down to try and graze or walk off. They may do some weight shifting and head swinging going after a fly but they are content to stand still because that's how they have been taught.

Hope all the great posts are helpful
walkinthewalk is online now  
post #20 of 21 Old 08-03-2010, 11:45 PM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Posts: 22,122
• Horses: 24
I can't use those brass nozzles, I don't like having to use 2 hands to adjust the spray (and I am not coordinated enough to do it with one) LOL.

This is the type of nozzle that I graduate to after they are calm with being sprayed.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog:
smrobs is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Making a horse afraid RiosDad Horse Training 101 05-03-2010 07:22 PM
Horse is afraid of the noise behind kitten_Val Horse Training 9 07-21-2009 08:12 AM
Afraid of water and fly spray??? eclecticstar Horse Training 10 04-20-2009 10:34 PM
My horse is afraid of Cows :-) Painteddreamfarm Horse Talk 8 09-24-2008 11:25 AM
is your horse afraid of anything on the trail? ColleenT Trail Riding 38 07-13-2008 10:42 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome