Originally Posted by Country Boy
I've tied him up to a post next to the hose, rub him in his favorite places give him a peppermint. Then I pick up the hose and turn it on as low as it goes and rub him more. He freaks out when he sees the hose and starts kicking and trying to run until I untie him.
Okay don't tie him. Have someone hold him for you for the first few times. Run the water away from him until he calms down (I mean pointing in the other direction) Just stand there very relaxed and neutral and wait for him to calm down. Then slowly bring it close to him and soak his feet. If he moves follow his feet and then ask him to stand.
Eventually he'll be fine and then you can raise up up slowly. If the water is cold, they won't like it on their hips or private areas. They'll start to shake but once you get them all hosed down, then they'll be a lot better.
The important part is letting the horse discover that the water doesn't hurt them, it's just really cold haha.
Also wear gloves so you don't get rope burn.
After your horse is fine with someone holding them, then you can start loose and end up tied.. and then eventually get to being tied at the beginning.
Just you want to begin without being tied so they feel they are not trapped.