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