Whew, sweaty horses and all they were doing is eating!
Tonight I'm going to play with the hose but last night I thought that a spray bottle of water would be a good instrument of coolness. It seems I still haven't broken through the "I don't wannas" with Sunrise. It does not seem to be a matter of fear or excitement anymore. She just doesn't like having that spray touch her.
Anyhow, Cayleigh was first to catch me. I spent some friendly time in the paddock with carrot stick and halter just getting along with the herd. Cayleigh and Sun both spent a lot more time looking at me tonight that lately but I wasn't interesting enough to draw them to me.
It was hot and I was only going to halter up a volunteer, if I got one. Well, I thought, no such luck after about 20 minutes (no one would stand still with me at their shoulder) so I went up to get the water spray which I had deposited on an upturned water troff just the other side of the gate. I turn around and look back at the gate and Hmmm, is that Cayleigh looking awfully interested in being with me? Cool. I walk slowly to the gate and stand just inside in my, come get me pose. Leg cocked, carrot stick on the ground my wrist crossed waiting on the end of the carrot stick. Cayleigh walked, with many pauses for grass or to kill an annoying fly, but I could see the intent to come to me in her body. I just waited, stamping at flies and doing an all over body wiggle to keep it interesting. She caught me and let me /*shush shush shush*/ spray water all over her. I again asked to halter her, something I recently saw in the Savvy Vault on a DVD from 2003, and backed off as soon as she leaned away from me. One more try and she put her nose in the halter, curved from zone three.
I brough her inside without much plan except to give her some relief from bugs. I've always disliked the ceiling fans in the barn as they tend to blow dust around if you are doing anything. Well, Cayleigh was sweaty all over her shoulders and her entire butt. Those fans not only evaporated the water I sprayed but cooled her off enough to stop sweating noticeably! For those concerned she was sweating again by the time I left and has plenty of fresh water in her paddock. She stood like a champ for the fly spray, ground tied. Even got a nice udder rub! I'm glad she did because her tail went from swishing all the time to maybe every 30s, it was especially noticeable when I put her back with the other two. A little relief goes a long way.
Sunrise was happy to come out of the paddock too. Less graceful than Cayleigh she couldn't hold her nose, but did put it in the halter for me, what a good girl! I brought her in to stand under the fans and got out the water bottle and fly spray. Tonight I started the usual way, advancing until the smallest reaction then retreating. That worked quickly as we have done this plenty. As soon as the smallest drop touched her she gets annoyed and moves. I've tackled this in two ways, making moving uncomfortable, either with a rope wiggle or 20 more paces than she wants to make. Polite, passive and persistent but I'm not going to force the issue as much as I would like to get some fly spray on her for her own comfort. My idea has not become her idea. I can spray my hand beside her (zone 3) and rub it on and that'll have to do for the sensitive areas for now. She even enjoyed a ground tied udder rub!
Back outside, we spotted some Turkey's in the far field. Boy, id that get a really big.... no it didn't. I think I saw an ear flick, but it is hard to be sure. It was too hot to get excited!