Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Neat article, but the "quickly" part bugs me. I'm not sure I know a horse that is going to be happy with quick movements around him, much less having it involve cold water. I've worked more then my fair share of horses with the hose, and that method ALWAYS creates more fear in my opinion.
The best one I've found is simply to start by spraying the ground, getting them used to the hose and the sound. Then gradually move the hose to spraying beside them. Then move to spraying the hooves - let 'em dance around a bit. If they freak out, then stop but start again at step ONE. Don't just calm them and then immediately start spraying them again.
All horses I've worked with this method were fine in about 10 minutes flat. We tried the "give and retreat" method with Shay-las big Draft mare and all that ended up happening was her freaking out and kicking frantically everytime the water touched her. Once I started spraying at her lower legs and not removing it, she calmed down in no time.
But I suppose it can work for some horses, the article is just worded funny.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.