8 Comments

  1. Awesome tips on caring for horses. I never knew there was so much involved! You explained the steps well in an easy to understand way and I can tell you have a lot of experience in what’s best for horses. Your site looks to be a great resource!

    • Martina

      Hey David!

      Thanks so much for your positive feedback 🙂 It seems quite exhaustive at first when you read it especially for a beginner but you’ll find that once you do it a few times it all becomes quite automatic.

  2. Daniella

    Hi Martina,

    What a great article, I was absorbed by the reading!
    I love horses. This is one of my favorite passions:)
    In fact, I’ve grown up with horses, and I also owned one a few years ago. My horse didn’t know what a bridle or a saddle was. She was wild when I bought her, she didn’t even know what is a carrot, can you imagine:)
    Well, I had a good time! However, when I wanted to wash her I was opening the water far away from her until she calmed down, she was running and jumping around me, and when she stopped then, I also stopped until she got use it. After that, she starts to love water.
    You have given a lot of great suggestions for beginners. Thank you very much! I look forward to reading other excellent articles!

    • Martina

      Hey Daniella!

      I’m glad that you enjoyed reading the article – horses are a passion of mine as well (in case you haven’t noticed! haha). I’m sure you took your time introducing her to everything. But in some ways this is the most amazing way of bonding with your horse. By teaching her everything, she has established a level of trust in you that she can’t possible have with anyone else now and that’s so beautiful don’t you think?

      And yes, this is definitely to be expected with horses that are not used to baths! You did very well with her because if she loves water now, it’s because she’s had pleasant experiences with it. A lot of horses don’t like being bathed even after they’ve had it done a hundred times simply because their owner or whoever is bathing them isn’t paying attention to the temperature, where they are spraying the water, the water pressure and all the other things they should be. Great work 🙂

  3. Tar

    Hello there,

    Horses are indeed like us. We just have to take of them just like taking care of ourselves. The tips are useful but then again, there is a possibility that even for the first time, the bath will not go smoothly. It will eventually, after a few times, that we have the know-hows and just do it routinely. It’s just a matter of discovering it’s own preferences of bath.

    • Martina

      Hi Tar,

      That is indeed correct – and yes of course! Just like sometimes we’re in a bad mood and nothing can make us feel better, sometimes a horse will just not want to be bathed. And that’s completely okay. And yes, some horses will like having the water a bit colder, some a bit warmer. Some horses are more like princesses than others who role with whatever. Horses have their own quirks and personalities which is exactly why we love them so much!

  4. Pitin

    Hi there,

    Thanks for the tips. I am a newbie in this and am very worried that my horse will not like the idea of me washing him. He is so used to professional hands and I worry that he will have tantrums if I try to bathe him! So this article was actually super useful for me!

    Thanks!

    • Martina

      Hi Pitin,

      No problem! I’m really glad that it helped you out even if only to boost your confidence when trying to bathe him for the first time. I wish you the best of luck – let me know how it goes 🙂

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