How do you train a horse to be ok with water on it's face?
Lacey is totally excellent beyond excellent about getting a bath, except for getting her face wet. I really want her to be ok with water running down her face because I feel like that'll get her face so much cleaner than a wet rag and I won't have to remember to bring a wet rag to the barn whenever I want to give her a bath.
I gave her bath today and I worked at desensitizing her to the water on her face. I had her tied up, because she knows she can get away if I'm just holding her (I've tried and failed at that method,) and I brought the hose up to her cheek let the water run on her cheek for a moment and then since she reacted well (just put her head up) I went back to spraying her chest. I continued with that method and I was able to get her nose (all the way up to about 2 inches before her eyes) completely wet and I got her to accept having water run over her nose for about 15 seconds but her main issue spot was around her forelock.
She absolutely refused (throwing her head up, repeatedly, acting like she was going to pull back, she didn't though etc) to let me anywhere near her forehead/forelock with the water. I tried doing it without the hose on and she was totally fine with the hose being in her face. I tried going between her ears and while she didn't freak out as badly she still didn't like it and she wouldn't let me do that for more than a second or two before trying to get away.
Should I just keep doing what I'm doing? She seems the most worried about getting water in her eyes so I tried to be sensitive about that and not get the water in her eyes but I was stubborn too and I figured out a system of holding the hose so she could throw her head around forever but still be getting it wet. Heheheheheh