Sunday, March 7, 2010

Happy Days are Here Again

Can you tell by this picture what day it was today?

It was bath day! The horses have been waiting all winter to get bathed, and we finally had a warm, sunny day over the weekend despite the forecast for rain and snow. I'm glad the weatherman is wrong some of the time.

Lostine could not wait for her bath. While I was spraying Gabbrielle down, Lostine stood as close as possible on the other side of the fence so that the water would spray her too. Despite being the youngest, Gabbrielle was the most patient with her bath. Every time I work with her I feel so fortunate to have her in my life. She's a very kind, thoughtful horse. While I was bathing the horses, several neighbors came out to chat. Everyone wanted to enjoy the day.

I was almost as happy as the horses to be able to bathe them today, because they will be having visits from both the vet and the farrier this week. They've got to look gorgeous when visitors come. I don't want to be accused of being a neglectful mom.

Just look at that awesome white mane! It was yellow and brown before the bath.

And look at those silky, glistening tails!



Okay, so Gabbrielle's is going to need a little more work, but I tried. Time for carrots...

Look, Gabbrielle! Carrots come out of plastic bags. That makes the bags not so scary now, doesn't it?

After the bag was empty, Gabbrielle literally chased me all over the place. I couldn't get to a trash can fast enough.

18 comments:

fernvalley01 said...

Looks like a great day! not that warm here yet!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Hah! I thought you were going to say that it rained today and made your horses' hair soaked through. We rode in the rain today actually. Thankfully it didn't pour buckets until we went back to the arena. Mostly it was just spitting rain during our ride today.

Wow! It's amazing what a bath can do for a horse. Your equine family look gorgeous!


~Lisa

jane augenstein said...

They all look BEAUTIFUL and so clean! and just how long do you think they will stay clean? Just as soon as I get done giving Gilly a bath and put him back in the field, he rolls!! Bad boy! LOL

Mikey said...

They look gorgeous! Don't you love when it's finally nice enough to give baths? Winter is so blah!!

Paint Girl said...

They all look so clean!! My sister and I were just talking about spring and when it starts to warm up that we really need to bathe our horses!!
So overdue for their baths!
The weather looked beautiful there!! I am so happy you got some sun and got to spend it outside with the horses!

Breathe said...

So shiny and clean, I bet they squeak!

I've been feeding my boy out of plastic bags lately. He is starting to look forward to that rustling sound...

Katharine Swan said...

Bath day! Yay! It was gorgeous here this weekend, too, but I didn't get to bathe Panama. Maybe I'll have a chance this coming week -- I got him his own hair dryer yesterday, thanks to Freecycle, so I need a reason to try it out!

Shirley said...

Awesome that it was warm enough to bathe them, they look great. Lostine is funny. I've been waiting for it to be warm enough to give Beamer a bath, hopefully later this week.

photogchic said...

So who went and rolled right after you were done?:-)

lytha said...

i'm so jealous! we have a foot of snow on the ground and the hose is frozen anyway, even if i had a warm enough day to do that.

i love bombay's white mane! baasha is looking mighty grungy lately and i just can't do anything about it.

but i did get the chance to wash my car today, it was covered in road salt. i recently found one of those wash it yourself places in our general area so i will soon be a regular there (it is not legal to wash your car at home in germany).

maybe in april i'll be able to wash my horse.

~lytha

Leah Fry said...

Well, I thought you rode her hard and put her up wet, as they say — I thought she was sweaty. Oh how I envy your weather. After I groomed them the other day, they immediately dropped and rolled, so I had my 15 minutes of clean, but that's about it.

It rained all day yesterday and is supposed to do the same all day today. We have guests coming today, but they will be greeted by sloppy, muddy Boyz. Oh well, it is what it is.

Did you use something special on the yellow mane to whiten it? Jaz's tail is discolored. His mane is roached, but it would be yellow too if if were long.

Cheryl Ann said...

Oooooohhhh...I can't wait for this next weekend. We should have a nice, warm one! BATH TIME~!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

To answer some questions, I used QuickSilver on the grays and a mixture of that and Palmolive on their manes and tails. No one rolled, because I kept them on the gravel for several hours to dry off. When it was time to put them in the paddock with the mud, I gave them each a huge flake of hay to keep them busy. By the time they were done eating that, their tummy's were full and they fell asleep. Then it was bedtime and I put them in their stalls. I'm sure they will roll today though.

strivingforsavvy said...

It always feels so good to get all the horses cleaned up, doesn't it? They look great!

Lulu said...

Yep, I'm jealous! This Nebraska weather is not warm enough for baths yet....all I have managed to do is wash Violet's tail, and scrub some manure off of her legs - both of which nearly froze my fingers off! Brrrr...

JeniQ said...

Oh man I can not WAIT for bath day here... will be probably another month or so before it's warm enough.

Maery Rose said...

Not nearly warm enough here yet but boy do I wish it was! My two look terrible despite trying to shed them out.

Vaquerogirl said...

For thoe whit tails I have a great trick!
Buy the Napa Mechanics hand cleaner- with aloe not pumice, rub into the tails, and knees and hocks and such. Wait a few minutes and then rinse! If the stain is really yellow it might take twice. It works on the dirtiest horses. gets them sparkling white!