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post #1 of 14 Old 05-29-2010, 06:57 AM Thread Starter
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Washing A Young Horse

So when I bought Ricky, I was told he was desensitized to being washed (hose-washing) and he does not like it one bit. I'd like to give him a nice bath before winter really kicks in but grr, he does not like hoses. Normally, I just fill up a bucket with water and use a sponge, but its just more convenient if I can wash him with a hose. He really needs a good bath because he's the type of horse that isn't groomed often.

So how would one go about doing this? Should I put it on a low mist setting? Where should I begin hosing? Should he be tied up or should someone hold him?

Thanks guys, I really appreciate it.
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post #2 of 14 Old 05-29-2010, 07:07 AM
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turn it on really low let it run for a while without touching him, when he is clm begin at his hoof and work up retreating each time he gets nervous.

This could take quite a while though

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I guessed it would take quite a while. He's naturally a spooky horse too, not that that's an excuse.

Should he be tied up? Or held?
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I would maybe get someone to hold him at the start if you could? They should be quite confident though so he stands. If so you can though just tie him up kind of short so he can't wander. But however you think he will react best.

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turn it on really low let it run for a while without touching him, when he is clm begin at his hoof and work up retreating each time he gets nervous.

This could take quite a while though
Yes, it is easiest to start at the front feet and move up to the chest and back. Save the back end and near the head for last... those areas often bother the young ones most. If you're using a sprayer, try different settings, too, as the sprayer sound is typically something they have to get used to (just like clippers).

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This is something that you just gotta go out and plan on spending atleast a 1/2 hour just getting the horse used to the water. It will be most helpful if you have a nozzle sprayer that you can turn on and off.

Start with just running the hose, then work on his feet and legs, then up to his shoulder, etc...you just gotta keep on running it until they get used to it; I personally prefer to hold the horse, and be able to turn with him, and keeping the water running on and around him.

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Ok, I have a nozzle sprayer so I'll use that :) Would an approach and retreat method work? Ie, spray legs until he is comfortable then take the hose away and give him pats? Or do you think it would be better to just let the hose follow him as he moves away?
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Pretty normal in a young horse. We spent a good 30 minutes of Eve and Jynx putting a solid effort into either escaping or injuring us. We just kept at it, and by the end, I had Jynx ground tied while I scrubbed her tail. I don't do this "on off" stuff a lot. I keep the spray on their lower legs or chest until they settle - and then I work on getting them used to it being turned on and off.

This summer I went through virtually the same thing with Jynx as it was her second bath ever. I spent about 5 minutes re-introducing the hose and then she got tied to a solid post. We had a few blowups, but she'll get the hang of it eventually!

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post #9 of 14 Old 05-30-2010, 01:52 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys :) If its a nice sunny day tomorrow, me and Loz are going to ditch school and give the ponies their bathes before I have to go to Sydney and Melbourne. Ricky enjoys being a filthy mutt, so he's not going to like his bath one bit.
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post #10 of 14 Old 05-30-2010, 03:37 AM
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I just hold the horse and start hosing. If they move, I move with them, keeping their head close so they can't get away and keeping the hose on until they stop. Once they stop I take it off, pat, and go again.

They soon learn to stand.

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