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Monday, February 9, 2009

Spring has sprung

We've had a miserable winter in North Carolina. It's been cold and gray and rainy, and not at all conducive to being outdoors. I've been in kind of a funk lately, and I think part of the problem has been the weather. Thankfully, this weekend it all changed. It was sunny and clear and 70 degrees -- in short it was fabulous.

On Saturday we went to the barn, and it's truly one of my favorite places. I love the horses, I love the farm, I love the work, I love it all -- except maybe the poop. Anyway, Rachel rode her horse and when she was finished we gave him a bath. All I can say is Thank God the weather was fabulous.
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I, personally, wouldn't recommend bathing a horse unless you're being held hostage with a gun pointed to your head. Horses don't really care to be bathed. They do things like flick their tail at you to demonstrate their displeasure. A wet horse's tail can hold a lot more water and soap than you'd think. You can get the equivalent of a small bucket of soapy water sloshed at you with one deft flick of the tail. A soaked horse's tail would also feel a little like a whip if it, let's say, smacked you across the face. Your daughter might also think the whole thing was hilarious and double over laughing, too overcome to speak. There might even have been photographic evidence if the camera didn't accidentally get left at the barn. I'm not saying that any of this actually happened. What I am saying is that it's a good thing the weather was nice, or I might not have ended the day in such a happy frame of mind...

9 comments:

Debbie said...

I can truthfully say I have not ever bathed a horse. I've barely bathed my own kids:)

Gibby said...

Kathy B!, if you can bathe a horse (and handle its poop), then you can bathe a dog! LOL!! OK, kidding. I must admit, although it was warmer here this weekend, I am jealous of spending a 70 degree day in Feb at the barn. A perfect end to a crazy week...

Minxy Mimi said...

HAHAHAHA
Better to bathe a horse than a cat!!! But YAY for nice weather~!

Anonymous said...

Is Fred strill the horse ? love MOM

faemom said...

And here I thought horses liked to bathe. Thanks for the info; I'll be sure to tell my husband next time he suggests we should get a hourse.

Seeker said...

Thanks for the big ole hug..i am short of those these days but will survive.

the trick to bathing a horse is: really for this.....plan on getting very wet...LOL

Kathy B! said...

Mom - Yep, it's still Fred! We'll probably have to get a different horse soon, though, as she's doing a lot of jumping and she's close to going beyond what Fred can do.

All - Clearly I know nothing about horses! Next time I'm wearing my bathing suit. I was soaked when we were finished :)

holidayfun221@yahoo.com said...

I simply love horses! Send up a flag next time. I would've happily warned you!!

ck said...

dang those horses. of course, the only horses my daughters have seen are the ones that come with the Little People Happy Barn...