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post #21 of 27 Old 07-19-2015, 09:06 PM
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Watering can or sponge bath :)


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post #22 of 27 Old 07-20-2015, 08:06 AM
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Bucket of warm water with ACV and a sponge is good and easier than hoisting a watering can would be for many.

As for standing when being hosed off, never had a major problem with one not standing still. Working with them if not used to it.

If used to it and just being a fool because someone has let them get by with it?

Chain shank works wonders.
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post #23 of 27 Old 07-20-2015, 08:24 AM
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I have a draft mare that I have had for going on 12 years now who HATES being hosed down, and when I showed and they had to be clean, this presented a bit of a challenge as she hated to be hosed down. I would start with her legs, standing right next to her and talking the whole time, an occasional cookie for incentive to stand to behave, did this quite a lot, just wash her legs then when she would calm down would move up a bit further, etc.

She never would stand perfectly still like her team mate, who goes to sleep as she loves being bathed, but I wasn't going to use a chain shank to MAKE them do something that, if I took my time, could get it done and a much better lesson and go away with the horse not remembering the harshness but the working together more efficiently.

It takes time to work with a horse, no don't let them get away with being the fool but don't resort to force or demanding, take your time, talk to them, start with their hooves, work your way up, if they only let you get to their knees one day, end on a good note that day then try again the next day, work with your horse, don't force. It gets you nowhere.
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post #24 of 27 Old 07-22-2015, 07:33 PM
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Cooling Horses Down TO Quickly

Running cold water over the head first can be extremely dangerous if ITS 100 degrees outside,as the Veins in a Horses neck are So huge trying to carry the blood to the brain to cool the horse gradually,I know this was explained to me by a doctor talking about cooling humans and throwing a bucket of ice water on the COACHES of football teams is very highly HEART ATTACK prone,same with a horse,Now if you cooled him down slow like over the lower extremities first and did it a little while and cool him gradually then over the head and neck then wouldn't be dangerous.

I posted how do most cool their horse down on a separate post,tring to see if anyone used misters to see if they worked ok ,that way the horse cools downs very slow,Larry
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post #25 of 27 Old 07-28-2015, 06:45 PM
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Hose and Lunging

When I got Pretty Boy he seemed very afraid of the hose itself, not to mention being (and still is) sensitive to touches (leafs, rain drops, fingers, etc). I trained him to lunge freely in a circle on a loose, long lead rope. I also used voice cues for reassurance.

Once I felt he understood that he could move to escape whatever was causing the fear, but in a circle around me with my approval, I had one of my kids turn on the hose I was holding to a trickle and used my thumb to make a gentle spray. Well, he lunged himself...a little wildly at first, but I continued with voice reassurance as if nothing was wrong. I did this for about 4 minutes. When he seemed a little calmer, I sprayed him with the water for about 10 seconds more and then had my child turn off the water. We continued lunging for a few more minutes and then stopped. I did this usually once a day for a few weeks, working up to more time with water and with me eventually going with him to get the hose, turning the water on myself and then having him just stand there.

It took a while and I had to go slow and be patient and calm, both in my movements and voice. (Pretty Boy tolerates my kids, but doesn't like loud and abrupt movements from them and thus generally blows them off by turning around and going away from them, even when they have food. :) )

Now he actually seems to want the water (it's in the high 90s here) or at least resigns himself to the necessary evil. :) Today I was filling up the water tubs and he came over looking at me and the hose. He turned to his side and I hosed him off gently. He stood there until I turned off the hose, telling him I couldn't afford to keep on hosing him. :)
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post #26 of 27 Old 07-29-2015, 06:35 AM
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Recently, I've been reading about mister fans and built-in mister systems for horses.
Might be worth a try... I know I wish I had one on my patio! lol
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post #27 of 27 Old 08-01-2015, 12:56 PM
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Misting a horse standing in a shed is different from hosing off a horse after a ride.

For what they are I love the sound of misting systems, more for me than the horse ;)
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