Helping to bath a horse from my wheelchair

I have been a horse lover for as long as I can remember always hoping to get my own( read more about this in my e book Equestrian dreams available to down load from Amazon) so when a friend asked if I would like to assist with bathing her horse I jumped at the chance.

I started by wetting Luke a 16.4 hand bay gelding with the hose pipe, his owner Michelle  did the high parts that I was unable to reach from my wheel chair, next I rubbed the shampoo into the lower parts


Luke is an amazing horse and wasn’t phased at all by the ‘silly woman’ who was attempting to wash him from a sitting position! I then rinsed off the shampoo using the hose again

, then a sweat scraper enabled me to remove the excess water,

as it was a warm day he was fine to be left to dry off completely in the sunshine.

Finally as a thank you I fed Luke some carrots and planted a kiss on his nose.

I would like to say a big thank you to Luke’s owner, Michelle Clayton for letting me experience a fantastic morning at the stables and to my sister, Kim Watts who not only accompanied me but also took the photos. I have written an earlier post on my experience of riding for the disabled.

As always comments/questions are welcome





17 Comments on “Helping to bath a horse from my wheelchair

  1. What a lovely blog, so very pleased for you Karen, I know you had a wonderful time, what a lovely horse. Bet you are looking forward to going there again soon.

  2. what an amazing experience for you, did you feel nervous about the horse moving suddenly and you not being able to? i feel like that with anything that is bigger than me

  3. what a brilliant experience! I’ll bet you had great fun, horses are amazing I wish I had the space/ time and money to keep one~! He’s a beaut too! #thatfridaylinky

  4. It’s so nice to see that you can still do something you live and get so much enjoyment from. A pleasure to read. Thank you for joining us at #familyfun

  5. This must of been a wonderful experience for you Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

  6. I am so pleased that you can still get to do so much with the horses that you love so much. Mind you, I used to look after a horse called Rupee and there is NO WAY he’s let you clean him from your wheelchair. He was awful to wash or groom and I ended up chasing him round and then he would almost fall flat on his belly rather than have it cleaned. Thank you so much for lining up to #AnimalTales (and #GoingGreenLinky) and sincere apologies for my tardy response … blame a dodgy modem and virus attack on my laptop. A new #AnimalTales is open now should you wish to link up something new.

  7. Bathing a horse somehow to me seems like it is very calming. He was such a good horse to not care that you were in a wheelchair. What a fun day!

  8. This looks like fun! I love horses and used to ride a little when I was younger and I think that never really leaves you does it?
    Thank you for linking up to #MyGloriousGardens. It was nice to see you join our little community.
    Perhaps we shall see you again.
    I shall post a roundup post next week. xx

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