So it's really hot here today. 92 but feels like 98. So I rushed over to the horses to save them from the heat and baking in the sun. Thankfully they were both inside, but Gem had his fly sheet on and was sweating, so I took it off of him and we marched down to the wash rack.
Just some history, Gem is terrified of the wash stall and water. He will put the breaks on and move in all directions, but the direction of the wash stall.
I was determined to cool him off, as I knew he would like it. SO I tried to get him on it, but he was having no part. So I stopped as far he would go for like a few seconds and then immediately I made him walk towards grass and then away and onto the wash stall, and he went on! I saw a few blades of grass so I picked it up and gave it to him. I was already so proud of him, but now came the water part. At first I was a little unsure of how he was going to react, but I just went up to him as I would Vega. I did a nice slow rhythmic motion on his leg and he tensed up a bit but I guess the feel of the cold water on him made him realize it wasn't so bad afterall.
I was able to do both front legs, his chest and between his back legs. I couldn't believe he let me do that! I am just so proud of him!
Just thought i'd share the good news