Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
• Horses: 0
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!