His 1st bath!

This gorgeous black stud was part of the bucking stock string that was at the Yakima Feedlot in December. Will enter training the beginning of May 2006.

His 1st bath!

Postby Juliane on Mon Jun 05, 2006 4:53 pm

While I was gone this weekend, Rory didn't get his daily exercise post gelding surgery. His swelling had been looking pretty good and I felt he'd be ok for 2 days as his stall and paddock are fairly large for him to roam about in. However, when I got home, it was apparent that his wound was pretty swollen. I immediately took him out and put him to work. He didn't hop around like it hurt, and within 20 minutes, the swelling was very minimal.

However, the weather here has been crazy. It's hot during the day and rains a ton at night, leaving my round pen half under water :( When I was done lunging Rory, I wanted to make run some cold water on his wound area to clean off the muddy muck and help with the swelling. This posed a problem as Rory has little to no experience with typical domestic horsey chores. I started with lightly hosing his front feet. LOL!

He freaked out at that! The good thing about Rory is that it's easy to get him to pay attention and he's really, really smart. Once he figures out that something isn't going to hurt him, he's really safe and solid. However, it was next to impossible to go from running cold water on his front legs to his gelding wound area.

I had to gradually move the water in that direction. Within about 30 minutes, he was completely soaked and standing wonderfully! Since he was already so wet, I went ahead and grabbed some shampoo and washed his mane. He tends to get this sticky, gritty substance in his hair that causes him to rub his mane. There is one section in his thick, fluffy mane that is shorter than the rest. It looks like he habitually rubs it out each year. I'm going to try and prevent that this year.

In any case, before I knew it, Rory was getting a full on bath. He never really did take kindly to the idea of me lightly squirting water "under there", but would tolerate it for a few seconds at a time before politely begging me to stop :P

Here's a couple pics - I have no idea what happened with my camera or why it took this first pic like this. Maybe it was on the wrong setting?! Sorry!

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Postby Nickie on Mon Jun 05, 2006 6:00 pm

Aawww! What a good boy! :D :D :D
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Sounds like Chester

Postby Tockita on Wed Jun 07, 2006 12:22 am

The more you write about Rory the more he sounds like out Chester! Luckily for us Chester came gelded from BLM! He is super smart (opens all our gates and the list now includes the drop pin on the neighbors round pen gate!) Chester HATES flyspray he can/will walk backwards for miles to avoid being sprayed! I had to work with him to be allowed to hose him as well. I made the water into a fine mist and went from front feet to legs, and got him to sniff and taste it. Once he realized it was ONLY water he wanted to play with it, and accepted a bath with minimal fuss.
We did have a problem with him at the show this weekend. However once the lady that scared him moved away he laid down and rolled right outside the arena gate! I'm sure all these people that were thinking he was a crazy mustang, Child heard one comment "I knew that horse was going to be trouble") were a bit shocked (perhaps mostly that I would ALLOW my horse to get dirty! lol) I just looked at them and said "I guess he isn't afraid anymore." One replied "I guess not!"
When the scary whip lady was in front of him, he just refused to move forward, remember Margie on your trail ride? Something was NOT OK! I was thinking the lady that scared him was by the gate.. but he was staring towards the people/horses under the trees across from the gate. When I went back and was talking to child it turned out he WAS staring at the Arab lady that popped the whip behind him.
When he was on "alert" he parked himself PERFECTLY neck arched antimated expression the whole package. 3 minutes later he's rolling in the middle of show day madness and shaking off the dust like an old dog!
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