Sunday, July 24

Bathing Beauty

On a warm sunny morning
(yes I know they're a bit scarce in July)
take a horse who's spent the winter snuggled in heavy rugs
and spent the spring and "summer"
rolling in the mud and dust

equip yourself with the Essential Kit:-
plastic brush to remove scurf, tail comb to de-tangle,
large bottle of shampoo,
sudsy sponge, clean towel, hosepipe
rubber-blade water scraper (just like a window wiper)
and an expensive bottle of spray conditioner
(I wouldn't pay that much for mine!)

lather well
(yes, he had to close his eyes lest the soap got in!)

rinse well

 taking time to have a quick drink while it's on offer

and remove excess water with the scraper
(he hates this bit)

swaddle in towels, and I keep a special "wicking rug"
for this purpose- it's filled with shredded tinfoil
which brings moisture to the surface whilst the
cotton fabric stays dry and warm.

Now round to the back end where that tail gets
some hairdressing treatment worthy
of a Because You're Worth It ad
and dear Bruce's "personal little places"
have a wash'n'wipe
(his reaction was perhaps to be expected
but I've spared you the photo!)

and after rinsing, the best way to drain a tail
is hold it firmly at the top and spin it round
like a propeller!
It's then sprayed with "leave-in" conditioner,
combed through and left to drip-dry naturally.

Clean enough do you think?

PS to see what happened when I turned him out in the field 
straight after his bath, you might recall this post :)


Hesta Nesta said...

He looks absolutely gorgeous, wish my hair was as shiny as his coat...I can guess what he did after..naughty boy!! Hope the sun is shining for you today.
Jo xx

Jee said...

I used to enjoy doing this with one of our horses who thought it was a great treat. Bruce certainly looks smart, but I can imagine what happened next....

sandiart said...

How I love the last photo, I just want to kiss that face and take in a big sniff. How I love horses and so miss being around them.
x Sandi

Rose H (UK) said...

A REAL bathing beauty if everI saw one! Hugs to Bruce.

Menopausalmusing said...

He scrubs up well. Love that last photo........ it made me laugh out loud.

Annie said...

Bruce looks very handsome, I really must do the same for Josh as soon as the sun emerges again.
Ann x

Ivy Black said...

My idea of a bathing beauty!
Give him a whopping big kiss from

fallingonabruise said...

hope he appreciated all your hard work :)
I love 'mane and tail' spray, i use it on my hair too, makes it lovely and shiny !

August Paddock said...

Ha love the close up photo! He looks beautiful, like a real gent. Looks like hard work but worth it!

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

Nice pic Brucie! Miss Bunny, does Ted get the same treatment? ;0)
T x

BettyJean @ Shabby Tea Party said...

I've never known any horses. Truthfully, they've always looked scary to me, so massive and muscular. But, I love Bruce.

Sherri B. said...

Bruce, you are so very cute and my 2 favorite pics are the one with the towels and the last were so close to the camera, I do bleieve that I could smell your lovely conditioner!

Autumn Mist said...

I'm amazed he doesn't like the sweat scraper, that's the only bit Barnaby likes! There's nothing nicer than a clean horse, though, is there? I just totally want to kisss that muzzle! Give him a mint from me...

Mimi and Tilly said...

He looks so handsome. I bet his muzzle smells gorgeous right now! Big hugs, em xx

Harriet said...

What a beautiful boy he looks, all cleaned and polished!

Pennyblossoms said...

He is just such a beautiful beast! I am in love!
Thanks for popping by. I thought I was already following but realised I wasn't! I was all set to leave a comment and then got waylaid by something and forgot all about it! (And I can't even blame the vino!).
Z xx
My 'word' is a proper word...guess. I got 'sperm' as a word the other week. They must be running out of gobbledegook ones!

Pomona said...

Very beautiful - I wish I had someone to give me a wash and brush up and make my hair shine! Maybe the expensive spray on conditioner would do the trick . . .

Pomona x

John Gray said...

AND I cant clean my kitchen floor properly!

sue15cat said...

Wow....sounds like a lot of hard work, worth it for the finished look though....until he rolls in the mud again!!

I just turn the hosepipe on the pigs....some love it and some just run off and stay dirty, thank goodness they're not show pigs!!

Sue xx

Helen said...

Fabulous!! Yes never turn them back out in that clean state, been there done that!! Thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog,
Love Helen xx

Edward said...

Nothing like giving your equine buddy a bath, such fun, I remember when I gave Murphy a bath for the first time, it was also the first time I had given an equine a bath, oh it did not end well by the time it was finished he was dirtier then when I gave him the bath, I thought I would turn him out and let him dry in the sun, as you can guess he rolled. Great photos I like the one of him drinking and the last one the most.

Nicky said...

He looks such a handsome fellow and quite a big chap too. Love the horsey smell but my kids don't when I come back from a lesson - sadly don't have my own but love the one I'm lucky enough to ride.

polkadotpeticoat said...

what a sweetheart!

Sylvia said...

I really love that last picture, Elaine, so so cute !

Purrfect Haven said...

.. we just LOVED this post and what a happy bit of washing...and what a 'beauty'! Lovely! Love Helen, Darcy and Bingley xx

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

By the look in his eyes I would say he had that roll planned all along. I had a dog that used to do exactly the same, only he used to find the smelliest thing to roll in after I had given him a bath...

Favourite Vintage Finds said...

He's a glorious boy! Love him! Sending hugs to you all! ♥ Carla.

Country Girl said...

I have a Section C that loves to roll in the dirt and wade through a slime-covered pond. He's always beautiful though :)

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