Monday, May 3, 2010
First Bath EVER! at OneTrueMedia.com
Finally, ChaCote got his first bath ever. 10yrs of dirt and grime washed away. He was sooo oily. When I would pet him, I would have this dried sweat/dirt/oil film left on my hand. Not the normal teeny tiny film. Thick grungy film. I have been waiting for this for months. I have to say that having a lot of horses, by myself, I have gotten spoiled and lazy with my EZ-ALL soap foamer. Kinda have to do something with 5 horses to take care of. It has been so long, (4-5yrs) since I had given a good ole fashioned, labor intensive scrub I forgot it even existed. He jumped out of his skin when the first drop of water hit him, but with good approach and retreat, he was standing still in no time. So good infact that I got the foamer, attached it to the hose and tried that. Heck NO! He saw the white foam building on the ground, and he bailed hard and fast. I of course just let him go. Cant risk further damage to my arms, neck or back. Poor guy, he ran strait in to his pen. All the other horses followed him in there and the wind shut the gate on them. He didnt want to come back out. So we had to play friendly/squeeze with his gate. He reluctantly came back up to the house. I showered him with carrots, and scratched my head. I cant believe I had to do that. How stupid not to think of just rubbing him down with soap. What a moron. When it dawned on me, I coulda died. I had my gloves on, so I just poured soap on them, and massaged it around his neck, mane, shoulders, back, top of rump and front of face. Places I figured I could rinse it out of easily. He got to a point where he actually explored putting his muzzle in the water spray himself. And stood still for several minutes while I got pretty close with the hose. I couldnt be more proud of him, and pleased with my training, and with God for creating such a beautiful being. He shined up like a very, very dark (not chocolate) palomino. But prettier! I got some detangler out and rubbed it in his mane, and the remainder on my hands on his face neck and shoulders. His mane was gleaming. And he is so soft and slick now. I cant wait to get my hands on his tail. I know it is crème colored too, but since having space and access to mud all winter, it is no longer pretty and flaxen. Oh I am so excited, he will be sooo pretty all summer long!