I am hot and sweaty and tired and gross and really should be in a shower right now. (how's that for a sentence?) I just gave a horse a bath. Specifically, this horse.
My daughter started acting a little hesitant around the horses recently. I do not want my scaredy cat ways to be picked up by my children. So I resolved to get more comfortable with the horses. Country is a great horse for this experiment because he is so gentle. Little by little I have been increasing my confidence with him. Today, by myself, I went in the pasture to get him, put his halter on, led him through the barn and hooked him up outside where I gave him an oatmeal bath followed by a medicated bath for his skin. Do you know the problem with giving a horse an oatmeal bath? They really like the smell of the oatmeal. Country kept trying to get into the bucket and kept trying to steal the sponge.
So I DID IT! I bathed the horse, turned him back out into the pasture and put everything up. Then I practically skipped home. I have such a feeling of accomplishment. It's like a huge box has been checked off. I had to sit down and write when I got home. (after I washed my hands, of course!) So now I need to take a shower, and possibly a nap! Then I will think about what to conquer next!
**Update** Today, I had to hold Country's head while the Vet cleaned his teeth!!!! Combine a fear of horses and a fear of dentistry and I was weak at the knees. The tool the Vet uses was actually on a power drill!! but I survived yet again, (and I thought giving the horse a bath was a big deal, phew!)