Drift to the Draft: Bathing

Any part of showing a horse includes bathing…for one good reason.DH 12   7     They often look like this. _MG_2603One has to have a good attitude to take on a job like this.  Nattie and Cathy, drivers for Big Feather Shires,  have that good attitude.  Remember them from “Driving with Nattie”_MG_2655See the smile?  See the laughing?  That is how you have to start out._MG_2653The upper neck is about as high up as you want to get on a horse with a hose.  Especially one as big as this._MG_2633They don’t like water sprayed in the face.  Would you?DH 12   21After wetting down the foam comes.  Just like the car wash.DH 12   19The butt especially needs soap.  We know what comes out of there.DH 12   20“PLEASE don’t squirt foam into my face.”   I think this guys name is Turbo.  But I can’t be sure.  I pay attention to taking photo’s not learning names._MG_0515On a Shire, just like the Clydesdale,  cleaning the long white shaggy hair on the bottom legs and feet is an important part of the bath.DH 12   4This lady is just getting started with her Clyde’s lower legs.  Look at that shiny body.  At least she has that part done.MM F-58Belgians have easier legs to clean, not a huge amount of hair and coat.  But they often have white socks which presents more work to get spiffy clean.

As any horse owner with any part white on their horse agrees.DH 12   172Speaking of white, or technically GRAY, here is a gray horse looking really cool wet.  She is one of those pretty Percheron in the red barn I showed you yesterday.DH 12   174She takes one look at me and says…..  “Get me away from this bath, out of these cross ties and back to my buddy who’s looking at me over there.”DH 12   176“It is not fair to tie me like this.  I can learn to stand still if we could just communicate better about it.”Draft H 4Meanwhile the Belgian by the tree stands perfectly still._MG_0431After a bath standing in the warm sun to dry is required.  So far technology has not come out with horse dryers.  Although I’m sure in some fancy horse barn they have them.DH 12   138While standing a little horse love, I mean horse-play is in order.DH 12   27In the end it is all worth it to look at a mane as pretty as this.

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