Sunday, April 13, 2008

My horse's first bath of the year

Today I gave my horse his first bath of the year.

Panama has only had a handful of baths in his life, his first being late summer or early fall of last year. Plus, I moved to the new barn in the middle of winter, so until today he had never had a bath in cross ties.

I was a little worried that he wouldn't take it very well, but I was pleasantly surprised. He is still a little nervous about the hose, and not crazy about being sprayed with water, but he tolerated it all pretty well.

It was about 65 degrees today, so I bathed Panama as quickly as possible and then took him out into the sun to dry. The afternoon sun was quite warm, and he dried off pretty quickly. He also got a bucket full of hay to munch on while he dried, which (I'm hoping) made up for the indignity of the bath.

Unfortunately, Panama was still slightly damp when it was time to leave, and he probably laid down in his run shortly after I left — he likes to nap in the late afternoon sun. I'm guessing that my horse will be dirty all over again tomorrow.

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