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