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A Bath Means Soap and Water ONLY Vent -- Update Post 72!

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  • My2cents
    years ago my friend had a big 17hh tb that one of the kids at the barn was in love with. one day the kid wanted to give him a 'spa' day as a birthday present for my friend. the horse was a big baby doll and soo easy to work around, that the friend said okay. thinking horsey was going to get a bath and maybe some ribbons braided into mane and tail, she was HORRIFIED when horsey was presented with a ROACHED mane and banged tail (waaay shorter than it needed because the kid couldn't get a straight line and kept cutting and cutting). the look on the kid's face was one of sheer pride at her handiwork. my friend's face, crestfallen, shock. apparently, the kid thought that roaching the mane was what you did for all horses in the summer. oh brother, was that an uncomfortable relationship for a while.
    at least he wasn't a show horse and yes, hair grows back.

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  • onelanerode
    OMGIH. That is NOT COOL.

    Though to be honest I read your thread title and thought, "Whatever else could one have used for a bath!? Maybe glitter was involved??"

    I have asked permission to pull an untidy mane on a borrowed horse, but that was about it. Owner of that horse was thrilled as she hated mane pulling.

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  • Cita
    Originally posted by sketcher View Post
    I would think that clipping would not mean the same as removing mane and banging a tail - things that take a very long time to grow out.

    Three guesses as to why the 'borrower' decided to bring the horse back to her place for a trim -she knew up front the owner would not approve but was perhaps determined to have it her way regardless.

    I would be pissed enough that I would not be loaning any more horses to this person. The fact that she has 50 years experience means she definitely knew that what she was doing was wrong which makes it worse that not realizing..
    Agreed! Holy cow!

    My first reaction is to advise you to find a friend, hold the "borrower" down, and use the clippers to cut her a new bridle path of her very own.

    ..and that's, I suppose, why you should never go with your first reaction in these cases. But seriously. I would be fuming!!
    Last edited by Cita; Jun. 26, 2011, 06:14 PM.

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  • sketcher
    Originally posted by gaitedincali View Post
    To me cleaning up includes clipping legs, face and bridlepath at least. So if I borrowed a horse for a fun show it'd come back clipped. I'd also let you know that upfront.
    I would think that clipping would not mean the same as removing mane and banging a tail - things that take a very long time to grow out.

    Three guesses as to why the 'borrower' decided to bring the horse back to her place for a trim -she knew up front the owner would not approve but was perhaps determined to have it her way regardless.

    I would be pissed enough that I would not be loaning any more horses to this person. The fact that she has 50 years experience means she definitely knew that what she was doing was wrong which makes it worse that not realizing..

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  • MistyBlue
    4" bridle path on a Fjord mane????

    That ain't good, especially right before evaluation.

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  • saddleup
    You are right to be furious!

    Holy cow.

    So much for being nice and lending people anything, be it a horse, trailer, or tack.

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  • gaitedincali
    To me cleaning up includes clipping legs, face and bridlepath at least. So if I borrowed a horse for a fun show it'd come back clipped. I'd also let you know that upfront.

    And if I wasn't familiar with a particular breed it is plain common sense to check to see if there are any differences in how they're groomed/presented before turning the clippers on.

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  • JoZ
    Oh my gosh. When I read the title I thought "so this OP is upset about someone using different bath products on her horse?" You know, perhaps they used a conditioner or (shudder) Show Sheen instead of just soap and water.

    Scissors/clippers would never be part of any bath I gave a horse! I can't imagine how dismaying that must have been. So I have to know -- did the borrower have ANY explanation or excuse for this? "I didn't think you'd mind"? Argh.

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  • BeeHoney
    Ouch. And horse borrower probably thought she was doing you a favor. You know, I wouldn't worry about it though, don't you think that the folks at the inspection might at the end of the day be at least partly understanding of, if not pleased about the horse being a useful, functional show horse for disciplines beyond modeling for breed classes?

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  • katarine
    Peeps are morons.I would clean up and use an existing bridle path, I would never, ever dream of installing one on a borrowed horse.

    Oh well, tell the inspectors "no good deed goes unpunished" and smile and laugh: It's your best choice for the heartburn.

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  • Catersun
    omg.... major breed event only 3 weeks out?

    I would have seriously tarred and feathered the individual.

    I'm so sorry.

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