Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Yeah, my boy only makes those noises when he's tense- for him it has nothing to do with his cleanliness.
As for getting the boys to cooperate? Make sure you're gentle, have trimmed and filed your fingernails, and use warm water. Then it's just practice, going slow, and sometimes giving them a slap on the rump if they're just being boogers and know full well they're supposed to hold still. If it's something brand new to them, recognize that they may not understand that this too is something they're expected to stand quietly for, so you have to practice and desensitize or train them to stand nicely just like you would for having their feet picked, their mane pulled, being clipped, shots, or any of those other things horses would generally prefer we not do.