Originally Posted by hellothere
Thanks for the great advice, everyone.
So I guess my question now is, what is the best way to get her used to me cleaning her underside? I don't want to touch the wrong part, irritate her, etc. Do I need to use baby wipes?
And how would you know if a tick was down there? I never even really look there other than when I'm brushing off her stomach, so this is kind of new to me...
Does she allow you to rub her belly? If so, just rub her belly and slowly work your way back there. If not, start where you can rub here and work your way there. If you feel unsafe about rubbing her, start with a cue stick or whip to keep yourself at a safe distance from getting kicked. If she does try to kick or just lift a leg as a warning, do not pull away if possible. If you do, you'll be rewarding what she just did. Just hold your hand there or keep rubbing until she stands nicely, then remove your hand and start over. There should be no wrong part to touch. If your horse tells you that you did, you just need to desensitize more.
You don't need to use babywipes but you might want to use some rubber or latex gloves. Otherwise, the smegma you get on your hands does smell. Some people hate it but I don't mind it.
Finding ticks on them is the same as finding them on yourself. Either you see them or you feel them. Posted via Mobile Device