Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
Haha, I know the feeling!
As far as the wash stall, I would get him comfortable there without water. If you can't get him in, get him near it. You want to push him just a *little* bit out of his comfort zone. Then groom him there and go about your business. The goal is to get a little further each session. And you'll get further with several short sessions a day than one long one every day.
When you start adding water, do the same thing. I would try to use a "tie blocker" type set up. That can be done with a lunge line looped around a stall bar or fence post. It'll give him somewhere to "run" but he can't go far. If he wants to reel back a step or two, let him, but then bring him back.
Don't use it as an opportunity to spray him all over. The first bit may just be holding the hose, turned off, next to him. Then it might be turning the water on and standing there. Then it may be getting a hoof wet. Take it slow, give him time, and stay patient. It may take him a year to not panic when it rains, but you'll get there! =P
Just remember you only want to push him a LITTLE out of his comfort zone. As tempting as it is to throw him in a lake, that would overwhelm his wee brain, and won't be that helpful, lol.
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