There are lots of problems that could arise from being too aggressive in this situation. One being the wash rack itself. That is not the best place to get into a "Who is the leader" battle with a horse who already thinks himself high enough to turn his butt towards and knock his handler around when something happens that he doesn't like. If she gets too aggressive, this horse is likely to resist.
In a lot of places, wash racks are concrete, there are hoses and buckets and brushes in easy range of getting knocked over and then tripped over even in the most organized of places. It is wet and if it is concrete, slippery. Unless the whole thing is rubber, if you get in a battle, likely the horse is going to get off the mat and could possibly slip and hurt himself. Sounds like the horse is tied and not held by someone else. Over stressing this situation could cause him to pull and fight and possibly damage the wash rack, the handler and the horse.
So, I agree that the location is not ideal for a NEVER THREATEN ME AGAIN!! meeting. It should be corrected there immediately, a spank, a verbal warning, etc. but it should not evolve into a real war/training session/smack down/"bonding session"(picture one or both chewing on each other lol!)
If it looks like a fight will be the case, the horse, the handler and the hose need to go out in the grass and duke it out. Lol. The hose will spray pretty far, so you can stay safe while letting him know that his temper will not get the bath to stop.
Some groundwork sessions in the future, better establishing respect for the handler as the leader should be on this horse's training/work schedule.
And I will reiterate the importance of having a helper. It makes everything so much easier.
As for the treats, I am a big believer in ending on a good note. I don't see them as a reward, I see them as something that my horse likes and enjoys. The point of removing him from the wash rack and taking him out for an undisturbed bit of grass or a tiny bit of grain that he can enjoy in peace, without being fooled with,is to put him up happy and comfortable, instead of just putting him back in the stall or out to the paddock after getting those dreadful baths.
Again, also make sure he is as dry as possible before taking him out of the wash rack. Scrape the excess off and run a towel over him. Some horses don't mind being dripping wet, and others hate it with a fiery passion.
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Last edited by LadyDreamer; 06-12-2013 at 04:09 PM.