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    09-28-2010, 07:34 PM
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...
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    09-28-2010, 07:39 PM
*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.
    09-28-2010, 07:40 PM
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.
    09-28-2010, 07:41 PM
Agree with wild spot. The racehorse grooms do it, and plenty of others do as well. It's certainly not going to hurt the horse, though some may not like it.
    09-28-2010, 07:54 PM
Green Broke
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.
    09-28-2010, 07:54 PM
Green Broke
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
    09-28-2010, 08:02 PM
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.
    09-28-2010, 08:05 PM
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.
    09-28-2010, 09:36 PM
I guess I'm just a softie, lol.
    09-28-2010, 09:50 PM
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.

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