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Cooling a horse who won't tolerate cold water

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  • #21
    wellll - more than one way to skin a cat. If he accepts the sponge do that. My ISH likes to be sprayed with a fine spray. You could use a wet towel over him that will take the heat out....my own horse is ok until I get to the kidney area, so I just cater to her. Like you, I start at the feet and once the horse is wet it is not so bad. Don't we all hate that first dive into a cold pool and then get over it?
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    • #22
      1st off, 5 is not that young.

      2nd, yikes.

      If I were you (with the injured shoulder and no help), I would probably hose him off with the coolest warm water he will tolerate.
      Then I would just do his legs with cold. And then sponge him with water slightly cooler than what I hosed him with.

      and work my way towards cold water over the course of 6 months to a year.

      And I would make sure his dramatic rear was out in the rain during EVERY storm.

      Also, giving a horse a bath in cold water is not like submerging yourself in cold water. ZERO comparison there. The poster who mentioned that made me laugh.
      Horses are made to handle the climate. Humans are made to wear coats and stay in heated homes.
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      • #23
        Originally posted by kookicat View Post
        Ideas please on how to cool my sensitive flower? Thank you.
        "Sensitive flower" gave me a good laugh! My suggestions are: hand walk, hand walk, hand walk. Sponge bath. When you get to the event, leave the water sitting out first thing.

        Also, what sort of nozzle do you have on your hose? If you don't have anything at all and the hose is just open ended, that could be the problem. Cold water out of those things is really, well, cold! I've found that some horses really hate certain sprayers. I went to the local hardware store and got a new sprayer for just a couple dollars and it has 5 or 6 settings, usually I use "Shower" which has a nice feel to it and even when the water is really cold since it's not being lasered onto their skin it's more tolerable.


        • #24
          Really? I understand that some dont appreciate a full on, cold blast..but there's a very clear line that they HAVE TO tolerate it! Dont let him play you for a fool! So if it rains on a chilly day, does he have a sheer and utter meltdown?


          • Original Poster

            Thanks! I have a changeable nozzle- it switches between four or five settings.

            With the crappy weather we've been having, if he's outside, he has a rug on. (Saying that- today they all went out naked because we had some sun!)

            Work in progress. I'll keep working with him until I get this sorted.
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            • #26
              Originally posted by kookicat View Post
              Sorry for the late reply.

              He seems to like the sponge much better than the hose.

              He was a little bit pushy when I got him, so it's a work in progress. It's something that I am always working on. Hopefully when we get some decent weather (had snow today!), he'll realise that cold water feels nice.
              I have to say I agree with several others, I would keep working on the hose, A hose is far more effective, and you are not pouring acid on him.
              He is going to have to deal all part of being a competition horse.
              My students warm blood when she first got him was 4. She would turn the hose on so it barely ran out and gingerly put it to his upper leg or shoulder, He would spin around and she would quit.
              I grabbed him and the hose, Hose was REALLY LONG and followed him around the yard, after 15 minutes he started eating grass and has been fine ever since.. Just saying!