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        09-23-2009, 10:40 PM
      #11
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Marecare    
    Let me get this straight teal.

    You can't hose down a gelding with water?

    You must live in a very strange part of the horse world indeed!



    I will add more steps to help you out next time.

    Ha, no no no I meant the tip on having baby next to mom (because geldings don't have babies, lol) My gelding loves water, especially if I spray it in his mouth. No steps needed!
         
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        09-23-2009, 10:46 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    Well now you got me all excited and tomorrow I am going to line up a bunch of the lazy geldings we have here and hose the whole bunch down.Ha!

    How many do you want in the picture?

    Pictures to follow!
         
        09-24-2009, 12:18 AM
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    Originally Posted by tealamutt    
    ha, no no no I meant the tip on having baby next to mom (because geldings don't have babies, lol) My gelding loves water, especially if I spray it in his mouth. No steps needed!


    The foal is the one getting used to the water - not the mare.
         
        09-24-2009, 12:47 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    Ya, I know. It was a joke. How about helpful hints for the folks on here who aren't lucky enough to have raised their horse from a foal?
         
        09-24-2009, 06:52 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    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.
         
        09-24-2009, 08:52 PM
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    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.
    I actually like to sometimes be quick around my horse, just going about my business and getting him used to quick movements. I will never ever sneek around a horse, and if quick movements bother him, then I'll get him used to it. Quick movements sometimes do bother horses and make them unsure, but all the more reason to get them used to quick movements!
         

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