Washrack Misery

Still stuck on the “Happy Fall” theme.

So here goes.

Know what else is great with cooler fall weather?

using step stool to wash horse

No more wash rack facials!

washing horses in the face

At least in Valiosa’s book that’s a major plus with cooler weather.Β  She hates them.

So, we have an agreement to do it only rarely, on super hot days only, and not until crud looks ripe enough to jump out and bite you.

how to wash a horse head

This is why.

horse does not like to get head wet

10 thoughts on “Washrack Misery

    1. Haha! Yes, it’s taken some time to get to this point. (Couple of broken halters in the past proved she really wasn’t having it.) So now, we have the agreement that in extreme heat she’ll accept it. The rest of the time, just some sponging. Would have never flown with my kids when they were little πŸ˜‰


    1. Summer, no need. She gets a wafer thin, beautiful coat. Some trimming n the chin and cheeks to avoid bridle rubs that’s all.

      Winter, I first do a sort of half-trace/bib clip (just did it a few days ago!) since we have “hot” weather in the fall and they already have a little bit of a coat by October. No blanketing.
      Then by mid November or so I do a real trace-clip, but never a full. (reminds me I need to get my blades sharpened soon!)
      Keeps her so much more comfortable working, and afterward, and cuts down on hours of mud scrubbing since I can blanket her.
      I usually only blanket December & January. November, February and March just a sheet, and I usually stop using it earlier than I like because day time temperatures get warmer and I never want her to feel too warm.
      Clipping is so easy with her, I trained her a few times and now she stands so well.
      Then again, I know you’d just laugh at our little tiny “winter coats”! I know the fur ball you speak of… πŸ˜‰

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  1. Valiosa reminds me so much of the lesson horse I ride, Owen–he looks almost exactly like Valiosa does when he is getting his face washed! πŸ˜‰ Also, I love the idea of standing on a mounting block to wash your horse—I usually come out of the wash rack looking like I was the one being washed!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    1. Well, I do too… feet soaked every time. Wet blotches every where. In the winter I wear rubber boots so it doesn’t get cold.
      I need to stand on a block more often!! πŸ˜€


  2. Hmmm … seems we have the same spray down tools: same color hose, same hose connector, same sprayer. Picked up at a garden store like ours? πŸ™‚

    Sorry we didn’t make it up to Sacramento for the two CSI shows. We probably would’ve had to transport professionally to make it there. Driving straight through, not a good idea though I did it once. It would have been nice to meet you and your crew, visit Valiosa on a day off. Maybe, maybe next year – but that’s so far off and with other “irons” in the fire. We’ll be in Del Mar next week for two weeks. (Hopefully we won’t receive too much snow in the mountains today and Friday.) So, if you make the trip down state, almost to SD … πŸ™‚

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    1. Those are awesome hoses, right!? I think the ones there have been going strong for some 7 years or so. Just now starting to misfire. That’s almost unheard of for most other barn hoses! πŸ™‚
      Sacramento is really a haul – no one can blame you for not being able to pin it in. Although of course it would have been a blast to meet up!
      We’ll be here for next year of course! Right now, there are devastating fires ranging some 150 miles from here in Sonoma. So sad to see all the burnt down houses, and of course, FB is full of kind people offering to take in horses in need of evacuation. The air has been horrid. Again. Definitely not a bad time to spend down in Del Mar instead!

      Wishing every one the best of times down there! Enjoy!


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