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post #1 of 14 Old 06-19-2015, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Bathing issues!!

Mav hates bath time! just hates it! where Flash isnt a fan but will stand and let me bath him. and Harley will come running to get sprayed by the hose! Mav love our pond and will splash and lay down! but when the hose come out he starts walking and dancing around! ive started really slow and only done his shoulders and front legs working slowly back to his butt and up his neck and hes okay but still hates it! any way to get him to love the hose like the pond?? or atleast let me give him a quick hose off or bath!!
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post #2 of 14 Old 06-19-2015, 07:28 PM
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Teach him a verbal command to stand. I use halt, but it really doesn't matter what word you use. Make sure that as soon as you say the word "Stand" or "Halt" or whatever, he stops walking or moving and stands quietly. If you want you can test him by making him stand while stuff is going on (feeding, turnout, whatever he might want to join in on or go look at)

Once he's gotten that down, you can start teaching him to stand for the hose. Spray the hose on his legs. If he moves, tell him stand, and if he doesn't respond, MAKE him stand. DON'T STOP SPRAYING HIS LEGS WHILE HE MOVES AROUND, it will only teach him that if he dances, the hose goes away.

Once he stands fine for his legs, you can start hosing more and more of him using the same method you used for the legs (making him stand instead of dance) until you can hose his entire body! Remember to praise him for being a good horse if he stands nice. I give pats during the bath, and then if they stand nice let them graze while they dry

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I do much the same, as above.
Some horses take longer to get the message to stand and accept being sprayed, but all learn, if you insist and they find that trying to move or get away is futile
If a horse is being really flighty, I will use a long lead shank with a stud chain , run under under the chin
I also start with the legs, and will not spray the face, until the horse is relaxed being sprayed on the rest of his body.
I turn the flow down,, and face gets done to. No sponge bath here!
All horses learn to accept being washed with a hose, if you expect them to , versus letting them try to avoid being sprayed, make a fuss, etc
I watched the chuck wagon horses being washed , before and after a race. These horses have a lot of running blood, yet have not only learned to accept being washed, but having a pressure washer used for the task!
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I always teach a stand command, but many times horses in and out of a training barn don't have that, you can work on it but you will still need to bath.

Big difference if never had it done or knows what it is and is acting like a fool too.

For new ones, I start fronts, no petting or praising done, just tell horse whoa and wash off, going further each time.

For horses that know what is going on and have been allowed to buffalo, I run a chain shank over nose, give one reminder that they are going to do what I say, and bath.

The slower you go, and the longer you drag this out, the worse horses are going to act, in all things.

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Meh on the "hose the legs".

I know it's the traditional approach and will do it myself but my mare who I THOUGHT didn't like the water and spent AGES trying to get her used to it before just giving up and squirting her full force... could not care less, *except* for her legs.

Each horse has an easy spot.

Sounds like you're doing OK, just be consistent. Go slow and be patient but do NOT stop and DO expect him to behave. If he has a "this is ok" zone go back to that as your safe zone if need be.

Helps if someone is there to hold him for this. I always hate dealing with the horse and hose (though always have trouble with a helper having poor timing lol)
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Meh on the "hose the legs".

I know it's the traditional approach and will do it myself but my mare who I THOUGHT didn't like the water and spent AGES trying to get her used to it before just giving up and squirting her full force... could not care less, *except* for her legs.

Each horse has an easy spot.

Sounds like you're doing OK, just be consistent. Go slow and be patient but do NOT stop and DO expect him to behave. If he has a "this is ok" zone go back to that as your safe zone if need be.

Helps if someone is there to hold him for this. I always hate dealing with the horse and hose (though always have trouble with a helper having poor timing lol)
I agree here. I say legs because that's my mare's safe spot. If you know of a different spot your horse doesn't mind it, go there instead. Most horses I know do best with their legs.

Also, our hose has multiple pressure settings. So, I start out gentle, then gradually increase the pressure to one that'll actually be useful
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of course, horses that have been washed before, I just tie, as that is what they have to do, being washed in wash racks at shows
The approach I mentioned, is for a horse that has never been washed before, not a seasoned horse. Those I tie, either to my 'wash tree' in my back yard at home, or in a wash rack at a show
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Is your water really cold? If the water is at least lukewarm, many horses like it better. At our metro racing facility, the water is heated a little before going into the wash bays. Humans usually don't like cold showers either.

Some horses love being hosed, play with the hose, drink from it, etc, some don't like it. As an alternative, you can sponge bathe out of a bucket quite effectively too, and there the water temperature can be easier to control (assuming you're near a house with hot and cold water). My gelding doesn't like bathtime but the first time I sponge bathed him with warm water from the house he was really beaming! So I still generally do it that way, or at least use water that's been in the sun for a while.
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Could me he's sensitive to the pressure. With my arab I had to add the spray nozzle and on the rain setting or just let it dribble on him.



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