Saturday video & Sunday bath time

The following video from Saturday’s lesson is pretty shaky, so if the handheld look makes you nauseous, you might just skip watching. My coach was teaching/talking/filming/walking all at once and it’s her voice on the video. Saying things she has to say to me EVERY DANG TIME. I am seriously thinking of tattooing “FOLLOW IT” on the tops of both my wrists. I do enjoy watching my horse jump, and I definitely enjoyed seeing his ears shoot forward between fences 2 & 3 as he woke up and cruised through the rest of the course. Except for the first time over the Swedish. I didn’t make a decision soon enough so he made a last-minute one. Whoops.

Eli082314.mp4 from rennikka on Vimeo.

Sunday, Eli got a day off. And a bath!

soapyponyBath products for horses have saturated the market. A million years ago there was Orvus paste and that was about it. I have tried a few different products and it seems each of the four horses I have owned “liked” something slightly different. For Eli, I use baby shampoo mixed with a conditioner. His skin just seems kind of dry all the time, so I do what I can to keep it moisturized and not stripped of natural oils.

babyshampooAnybody have any thoughts on moisturizing shampoo for horses? Eli also likes to drink from the hose. I oblige him.

drinkingI love seeing all the pictures everyone is posting for the informal Transformations blog hop going around! 3 years ago I did not have the foresight to get pictures of me riding Eli because I had no idea I would be buying him. I wasn’t even considering myself seriously in the market for another horse right up until I bought him in May. Such is life!

20 thoughts on “Saturday video & Sunday bath time

  1. I usually put a splash of baby oil into the bathwater, unless the horse is turned out during the day. But I’ve always done that, because it’s always worked well for me, so I have no idea if there’s actually a more “modern” way.

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    1. I’ve done that baby oil treatment at shows, but day turnout at home keeps me from doing it then. A shampoo-in coat sunscreen would be nice, though. I wonder if that’s a thing.

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  2. I can’t wait until it’s warm enough over here for baths! I let my grey thoroughbred grow a full winter coat this year, and it will not be happening again. He sweats and then of course he rolls and basically right now he’s yellow. And disgusting. Poor dude.

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  3. Am i a bad horse mama for rarely bathing my horses as winters are too cold & they live out 24/7 from May to November?
    When I do bathe them it’s with the biggest heaps bottle of human shampoo i found when Kika moved here 4 years ago…me feels bad!
    I guess my horses aren’t pampered after all eep

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