April 3, 2008

Bath Time For Donkeys!

Yesterday happened to be donkey-washing day at the farm.  Betsy likes to give the three donkeys their showers every month during the cold season.  When it turns warm and the ground thaws, she increases that to once a week, as the playful trio finds great pleasure in rolling on the ground, getting themselves quite dusty and muddy.

Here is 2-year-old Clive getting hosed down with warm water.  The shower stall has heaters suspended from the ceiling.  The hanging boom sprayer swivels around for ease of use.  The faucets are recessed behind the white door for safety purposes and the lower walls are padded to protect the equines and also the shower tiles.

Sanu Sherpa gives Clive a good lathering.

After a complete rinsing, an equine sweat scraper, or comb, is used to remove excess water.

This is a vacuum called an Electro-Groom.  Betsy says its design has remained the same for decades.  I just love its retro style.  It’s used to vacuum equine coats, but it also serves as a drying mechanism. 

Here is Sanu blow drying Clive while Rufus and Billy await their turns.

Ramon leans over to give Billy a friendly hello.