The Wrong way to bathe - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 92 Old 09-28-2010, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 1,156
• Horses: 2
Angry The Wrong way to bathe

So today, another boarder got back from the vet for a current coggins. She was cleaning the horse becuase it had rain rot. Then, she gave it a bath, nothing wrong there until the 'friend' that was with her sprayed the horse in the face. The poor animal's eyes turned white and she tossed her head as high as the rope would let her.

I found this very cruel. IMO you should never spray a horse in the face with a hose! Do you like it when people splash your face and water gets into your eyes? What makes you think they would? Then, to make matters even worse, the owner says, "You need to get used to this girl."

Okay, woman, why don't you get used to the hose pounding on your face and see how well you can?

Anyone else wanna join the rant? Lol I just couldn't believe it. The water could get in her eyes, ears, nose...

Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back. -- Unkown
ChevyPrincess is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 92 Old 09-28-2010, 06:39 PM
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 6,179
• Horses: 4
*Shrugs* Plenty of people do it and some horses love it. A horse that lives with mine, Rummy, loves it - He flattens his ears and closes his eyes and just blisses out.

Obviuusly not something I would do to a horse that didn't like it but it isn't the end of the world. Mine don't like it so I just sponge faces.

wild_spot is offline  
post #3 of 92 Old 09-28-2010, 06:40 PM
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 2,148
• Horses: 1
Aww. Poor horsey. :(

I usually just wet a sponge and dab my horse's face with a little soap, being careful not to get it near any openings.

Red Money Maker (Red) - 2004 Sorrel QH Gelding
Tennessee is offline  
post #4 of 92 Old 09-28-2010, 06:41 PM
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 670
• Horses: 0
Agree with wild spot. The racehorse grooms do it, and plenty of others do as well. It's certainly not gonna hurt the horse, though some may not like it.

ilyTango is offline  
post #5 of 92 Old 09-28-2010, 06:54 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Was in Ocala, Fl Now In West Union SC!
Posts: 3,175
• Horses: 1
I do it to mine. its not like I'm beating her with the nozel or any thing. she will actualy go to sleep when I hose her face.
myhorsesonador is offline  
post #6 of 92 Old 09-28-2010, 06:54 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: abilene,tx
Posts: 4,229
• Horses: 4
agree with wild spot and ilytango. Its not cruel plenty of people as well as the racehorse groomers do it. Some horses just don't like it because they aren't used to it or have had a bad experience with a hose. My quarter mare used to love it where as my mustang wouldn't let you get anywhere near him with a hose becasue he was a abused using one

just a small town girl with a big town dream :]
BarrelracingArabian is offline  
post #7 of 92 Old 09-28-2010, 07:02 PM
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 480
• Horses: 1
my pony doesn't like the horse in his face unless i let him drink from it. But my old horse loved the hose, he's an ottb and we used to spray his face to bathe him. gets him alot cleaner then sponging.

Count My Strides - Shane, Bought 2-18-06, Mustang.
"I whispered to my horse, "i'm afraid of falling" and he whispered back, "i have wings".
countmystrides is offline  
post #8 of 92 Old 09-28-2010, 07:05 PM
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Flordia
Posts: 112
• Horses: 0
I have a adjustable nozzle, and I always put it on mist/low when I want to "wash"my horse's face- actually more of a refresher. I put the mist next to her face so she can choose whether or not she wants it! When I want to "wash" it, I use a sponge.
Ebony2Rose is offline  
post #9 of 92 Old 09-28-2010, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 1,156
• Horses: 2
I guess I'm just a softie, lol.

Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back. -- Unkown
ChevyPrincess is offline  
post #10 of 92 Old 09-28-2010, 08:50 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Pensacola, FL
Posts: 2,245
• Horses: 1
Well, I put my face under the water when I shower...

I don't think there's anything wrong with it, as long as the water pressure isn't too high and as long as you make an effort to keep the water out of their nostrils and ears.
CloudsMystique 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
Can you bathe a horse with regular human shampoo and conditioner? Bluezepher94 Horse Grooming 32 08-26-2010 06:09 AM
so i want 2 bathe my horse........ trIplEcrOwngIrl Horse Grooming 11 05-23-2009 10:45 AM
How Often Do You Bathe Your Horse? Scarlett Horse Grooming 20 04-22-2009 09:33 PM
How often to bathe? mysnafflebit Horse Grooming 32 11-25-2008 09:26 PM
How often to wash, bathe, clean... melinda27858 Horse Grooming 14 05-06-2008 12:19 AM

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