Originally Posted by northernmama
Can you post a picture of your poor girl? If she really is as bad as it sounds, you may HAVE to bathe her. You need warm running water right where you bathe her to fill up many buckets. I doubt she would be ready for a hosing. You can buy a wash mitt for a couple of bucks or use a rubber curry or a stiff body brush -- whatever works for you. I would advise, to start where ever she is most comfortable with you touching her. It's not the "right" way, but that's not the issue here; it's health. If you can wash a bit of her at a time that's great. Unless you see something serious that calls for it, I wouldn't try to wash all of her at one go.
Winter? Well, where in CA are you? How cold is the winter? What kind of general health is she in? Will she develop a proper winter coat? I personally advise against blanketing and stabling so long as she can get out of the wind and rain/snow/sleet when she wants to.
Um. I can try and get a picture of her tomorrow... in fact i'll go ahead and do it... I've been meaning to. The picture of her that I know is online isn't that great. So I figure I may as well... I'll put them in my horse's profile. I'll make sure to get ones of her cuts and marks and things.. Oooh... I do gotta be careful that the camera doesn't frighten her.
The only source of running water down there is a hose of well water that we hooked up to go to her water bucket. It's warm in the afternoon because it's hot, but otherwise it's usually either medium or kinda cold ^^UU ... And it's the ONLY source of running water available down there. Her barn is located almost half a mile from our actual house, which is the only source of non well-water(our well water is too iron-rich) for miles around. Our neighbors are about a mile away from our home ^^U
She's DEFINITELY not ready for a hosing. The last time I brought a hose anywhere near her, she kicked her water bucket and totally managed to soak me with the water. <.<U hahahahahaha.....
She doesn't mind me touching her everywhere. I'm not sure about her backside and tail just yet, but I can tell you that I can reach all the way around her with my arm and lean on her and she doesn't have a problem with it. I can reach around her neck with both arms too and lean into her - I've hugged her that way and lightly patted her other side. The only place she seems uncomfortable with me touching is her FACE. But I honestly believe it's because of that **** halter..
We're in high mountain. It gets cold up here. VERY cold. Not below freezing, but we'll get a couple good feet of snow in the heavier years. Last year we got about a foot, the year before that we got a few feet. I'm pretty positive she's in perfect health (aside from the obvious cuts and wounds here or there, the fact that she has a hay belly XD, and she MAY have a skin issue but I don't think so) - her fur's been getting better so I know she doesn't have any weird fur diseases. She just needed the correct vitamins. The grain we give her has all essential vitamins, and since she started eating it, her coat's become thicker and even shinier, despite the fact that I haven't even cleaned it! If I was able to soap her down and give her a bath, she'd probably be one of the most gorgeous dark brown horses ever.
I'm not sure if she can get fully out of the winter cold. Sure, her stable is adequately equipped to keep out water and snow, but the top part of the door that leads out of her stable and to where her hay is is slatted, not a full cover like the rest of the doors. But all of that part is under tin roofing that has no holes and keeps water out fine. The walls around her are complete walls, there's no windows or slats, at least not until the roof.
There is one other thing I'm concerned about with her and the wintertime -- the rain. That tin roof will probably be extremely loud. Should I be worried? Or do you think she'll just have to get used to it?
There is one other thing that I'm worried about ACTIVELY. It's her... When I go down there, I'll find her entire body covered in a fresh sheet of dirt. Her ENTIRE back, not just one side. Also, here or there I think she has spots where she managed to lay in her poop (FYI, there is NO poop in her stable, I clean it every single day, but there's usually nothing in there to begin with besides pee sometimes, which I'll usually dig up and put more dirt over. (we haven't bought her straw bedding yet. I know, we're horrible ><U). I'm worried that she rolls in the dirt.
I realize they do this sometimes, but there's a reason I'm worried that she rolls in the dirt BESIDES the fact that she gets her coat dirty. This morning, when I went down there, I found a SMALL ROCK LODGED IN HER LEG. She seemed to have possibly had a cut! I pulled it out, but it didn't bleed - so it wasn't TOO DEEP at the very least... but I'm WORRIED. Obviously I can't pull EVERY rock out of the ground - since I found out she rolled in the dirt, I always have tried to pick up as many rocks as I can and throw them whenever I go down there, but obviously I can't get them all!! ... What should I do? I'm worried she's going to INJURE herself. She's already done it once, that gash above her eye!! Nothing else but herself could have done that to her. And if she keeps it up, who knows what might end up happening to her!
You are right though. The only reason I feel I need to clean her is for her HEALTH, and the only places I would do it would be at/in/on the various cuts and other "wounds." I SERIOUSLY saw a bee trying to get into this large sort of cut she has on her back! It looked like it had STUNG it and was trying to get out - ub it was a Wasp, not like a bumblebee...? I dunno... I'm so confused... ><UU
Thank you so much for your help! I PROMISE I'll take pictures of her tomorrow! I'll focus on her odd spots and that.
One more thing before I submit this. Um... should I start putting her on a lead and like, leading her around the pasture when she's done eating? She's getting a hay belly. And I know it's because I don't exercise her and feed her too much hay ^^U but she just doesn't stop EATING and I feel SO bad When she sits there and goes the whole day without food! Then, when we come down she jumps up and down and whinnies and gets SO excited! Ugh T_T I don't knowww...
One more: On the bag of grain, it tells you how many cups to give your horse according to their weight. But is that based on a horse who is exercised and ridden often, who gets at least some degree of exercise? Because my mom seems to believe that it doesn't matter, so she's over here giving her SIX cups of grain (I think both morning AND night..). If you give me answers you may help from overfeeding a horse >->UUU