Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hatton Vale, QLD, Australia
I have to wash my horse without a hose due to the fact that we live in a drought area and we arent allowed to use hoses.
I get a bucket of water and add shampoo to make it nice and soapy. I get a brush and dip it in the water then wash her by, brushing her...kind of lol you can get the same coverage as when you use the hose.
Then to rinse her off, I use buckets of water again. I use the water from her water trough that I empty and wash every few days. Because I clean it so regularly, the water is clean. But you prob don't live in a drought area so you could fill buckets normally. I use about 10 buckets of water to rinse her off. I use the hose briefly to make sure I get all the soap off her belly etc
Maybe try this but use the hose to fill up the buckets near him. If he doesnt mind the bucket and brush method, give him lots of treats and make bath time fun. All the while, you are still using the hose to fill the bucket and hopefully, if he is associating it with bad things, he will learn to see it as a sign of a good time. The hose obviously would slowly get closer until you would hopefully be able to start using the hose. When you do use the hose on him, don't have it spraying hard. Just a light flow and maybe stay low, hosing his legs and feet and gently praising him.
This is what I would try anyway. Good luck with it :)
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