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        06-01-2010, 09:39 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    Is your horse good with having just the hose around? I know a lady whose horse is terrified of the hose alone just laying on the ground and not even turned on.
         
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        06-01-2010, 11:27 PM
      #12
    Trained
    My mare likes a good scrubby bath...I think she enjoys the 'massage' I give her as I scrub her...she falls asleep...lol!

    I also tend to hose her off when she get's sweaty during a workout...I let her cool out a bit, then hose all the junk off of her, probably feels good; I know I love a good dip in a cool pool or lake when I'm roasting...I don't think it's much different for the horse.
         
        06-02-2010, 12:41 AM
      #13
    Yearling
    Thanks guys. :) Alicia, he's a little bit iffy when you take him near the hose, but I think that's from past experience. If you just let him stand near it off, he is pretty calm but as soon as water comes out, he moves around and tries to avoid his bath :)

    On the one occasion he did have a bath, he really enjoyed the scrubbing so maybe that might encourage him to behave?
         
        06-12-2010, 12:26 AM
      #14
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by wild_spot    
    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.

    That is almost exactly what I do. Jazzy has only been washed a few times I know of (by her breeder, and by me). She doesn't love it yet, but once the water gets her, she stops trying to move. I always start with their hooves and legs first, on a soft, but steady water pressure level. I just let it sit there, and then slowly move up their legs, then I do the chest. If they are accept the chest, I move to their belly and so on.

    I have often found the less 'big deal' I make it, the better they are.

    Right now I have someone hold her to have her baths done. The last thing I want is for her to feel trapped, and to start a pulling back issue.
         

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