Showers for Horses

Posted by F&S

Yesterday it poured all day long and we Frenchies couldn't exactly play outdoors.  We did want to get out of the house so we jumped in the Kawasaki and drove to the stable to see if there was anything going on.  We were happy to see that there was.

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Sasa, why are you standing in there?

1 Sasa, why are you standing in there?

Oh, I get it!  You were outside in the paddock and you were rolling in all that mud out there from the heavy rains we been having.

2 Oh, I get it! You were outside in the paddock and you were rolling in all that mud out there from the heavy rains we been having.

You got your nice warm rain sheet all wet and this is how Dolma gets it clean.

3 You got your nice warm rain sheet all wet and this is how Dolma gets it clean.

We Frenchies heard that horses like to roll in mud for the sheer enjoyment of it!  Studies show that there appears to be both an entertainment and social component to rolling.

4 We Frenchies heard that horses like to roll in mud for the sheer enjoyment of it! Studies show that there appears to be both an entertainment and social component to rolling.

Horses will often roll in the same spot and in the same pecking order each time.  Among breeding males, the dominant male rolls last.

5 Horses will often roll in the same spot and in the same pecking order each time. Among breeding males, the dominant male rolls last.

Dolma's doing a great job of getting the mud off of your hooves.

6 Dolma's doing a great job of getting the mud off of your hooves.

Yep - nice and clean!

7 Yep - nice and clean!

Well, Sasa's all clean, but Roger, the new stable hand, is standing by with muddy Rutger.

8 Well, Sasa's all clean, but Roger, the new stable hand, is standing by with muddy Rutger.

Roger leads Sasa out of the shower and Dolma moves Rutger in for his mud removal.

9 Roger leads Sasa out of the shower and Dolma moves Rutger in for his mud removal.

Rutger, I've also heard that horses roll in mud to keep their back and joints healthy.  Rolling helps to stretch backs and muscles and it also exercises joints getting up and down.

10 Rutger, I've also heard that horses roll in mud to keep their back and joints healthy. Rolling helps to stretch backs and muscles and it also exercises joints getting up and down.

This mud rolling all makes sense, but taking care of 5 horses is a lot of work.

11 This mud rolling all makes sense, but taking care of 5 horses is a lot of work.

Comments (12)

  • Good Morning F & S

    Rolling in the mud? Not for me and especially not the shower part that goes with it. I prefer the soft green grass with the warm sunshine :) Glad to see you were able to get out of the house yesterday I went out to do my business and that was it - rain all day YUK. BUT they say April showers bring May flowers so maybe we are just a month early - keep your paws crossed.

    Zoe

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    I’ll have to agree with Zoe on the rolling in the mud. Chows like to keep themselves clean and dry. I don’t even like to walk when it’s wet outside. When it is wet, I keep to the sidewalks and stay out of any puddles. I’ve even jumped over some of the puddles. Now that’s really something because Chows are not known for jumping. What they are really known for is napping. Speaking of which, I need one about now.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Yes F & S rolling and stretching in the mud helps to keep backs, muscles and joints stretched, I do it every Spring in the mud after the rain ~ just kidding, I had enough of that for 20 years with the horses ;-)

    Kitty says she never rolls in the mud, she even hates her tiny paws getting muddy, that's because I wipe them off and she hates that by threatening me with a howl/growl and pinned back ears. A big NO puts a Kabash to that!
    Off to get my TAXES done :-(

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hi ladies,
    I'm with Zoe & Maddox. No mud for this guy, green grass & sunshine, oh yeah...
    You two just don't be in the pasture when those horses start to roll! It would be good bye Frenchies!
    It sure looks like the horses enjoy their showers and Dolma, too.
    Have a great day everybody.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • I've never rolled in mud, but I used to make mud pies when I was a wee little lassie! :)

    You are right, that is quite the job caring for horses. Especially when they delight in a little mud play.

    It tickles me beyond belief knowing how wonderful all the animals are cared for.

    I wonder if Sasa had the song "Car Wash" in his head while he was being tidied up! :) hee hee

    Have a super day..
    gail

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Thanks for sharing some great photos of Sasa and Rutger getting cleaned up by Dolma and her new helper Roger! Those horses must have had fun out in the mud and looked pretty calm being cleaned up inside the stable! You must have had fun riding over to the stable in the Kawasaki to stay dry! Hope the rain goes away! We are having small bits of rain all week and it is a little warmer in the 50s! Zoe, hope your rain goes away very soon so you can enjoy going outside! Kirby, so glad you like to stay clean and dry and I do, too! Hope you are feeling great! Delia, hope you had a great birthday time yesterday and I'll bet Kitty enjoyed your birthday, also! Sure hope to hear from more of you great buddies later and I will check back! Hope all of you have another great day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello Girls & Glue Squad Buddies,
    Boy oh boy, I must say you girls are experts on the horses. Rolling in mud, huh, I haven't tried that one. Just lots of grass. I run through the mud very well, but am not as good as the horses at getting clean again. Grass, mud, I am there. I better not think of rolling in it though. I will stick to my yoga for stretching---downward dog you know. Mom is off to neck therapy and Dad and I will play, play, play until ....
    Well you get the idea. It is supposed to be nice here until the weekend with rain. I bet the biscuits are flying at Maddox's house with Karen at the dog show. It will be fun to hear how Wu Tang and Sequoia do at the shows, and then going to F & S's farm the end of the month---they are really living!!! I wonder if they will have a big PARTY????? I hope she will take a lot of photos for all of us to see. All my Glue Squad buddies, stay warm and dry and have a GEM of a day.
    Love & licks,
    Ruby

  • Geez, I thought I was late today and I see there are only 6 comments so I am in good shape. I remember when GK was just a little puppy and Martha took him for a ride on one of the horses. That was a neat picture and naturally, I was grinning from ear to eat cause that is my boy. I was busy handing out biscuits all morning and hiding some for myself to enjoy at a later date. hehehehehehe
    My belly is pretty darn full. I feel like I ate a big old turkey. I think I will take a nap and when I get up I will start eating biscuits again. Oh how I love being in charge when Katen is away.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Afternoon Girls & Glue Squad, It must be spa week for everyone, GK yesterday, Sasa & Rutger;okay, they were rolling in mud and me. Back from the groomers and Dad said I looked beautiful. Kirby, I don't like to get my feet wet either, especially in the rainy weather. I always have to look out the door before Dad sends me out but he usually wins anyway. Temps in the 50's today and alot of snow has melted, yeah!!Wonder how Wu-Tang and Sequoia are doing at the show. Hi Dudley Do Right, Rebel, Zoe, Kitty, Maddox, Ruby, Abby, James Dean, Cora Belle, Martha, Lucy riley Jake, Molly & Baby Favor, sorry if I missed anyone..hope everyone is doing well today. Back to catching up on some zzzzz's

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Morning all!

    I agree with you all, grass is where I prefer to roll. Mud just means my humans put me in the bath! I don't do as well as Franny and Sharkey with my baths so I avoid if possible.

    I also agree that it is great to see Franny and sharkey making sure all the animals are well cared for on the farm. Brightens my day quite a bit to see them making sure all is well there!

    Hoping you all get an early spring out East!
    Jakey

  • ...I like mud..being a farm/ranch dog..mud is my idea of fun..then a quick dip in the river to wash it off!..just thinking about mud makes me happy!!over and out, Cora-Belle

  • Francesca Baby, you come from a long line of pups who like to roll in dirt, grass, mud, whatever. You even have an aunt named Mud. I love to roll and Mom says she thinks it's why I'm still so limber and I've never yet had any back problems so I think the studies about horses might apply to pups, too. Mom's first Frenchie, Chloe, would roll a lot and she lived to be 14, which is a great age for a Frenchie, and she was active and spry all her life.
    A bientot!

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