On Saturday mornings, I volunteer at a therapeutic riding center. Today was bath day for the horses (we're in Florida and it's not yet too cold to bathe) and I was going around making sure that all the geldings were getting their sheaths cleaned as many volunteers don't know how to do it or consider it too gross.
Anyway, one of their horses has only been there for about nine months. I've ridden him a few times and led him with his riders, but on the whole I haven't worked with him much. I was giving him a bath and was getting ready to clean his sheath when he attempted to cow-kick at me. I whacked him on the butt with my hand and he put his hoof back on the ground, but I didn't feel comfortable trying again as I was the only one out at the wash rack at the moment. I talked to the Saturday instructor and she said that they're going to try to get it cleaned sometime during the week when there are more people to help, as we were short on volunteers today.
Some background info on this horse: Duke was starved almost to death and rescued by a volunteer, who brought him back to health and then donated him to the program. He's a 13 year old Quarter Horse and can be very pushy if you aren't assertive enough. They've cleaned his sheath once that I know of, possibly more, but before he came to this barn, I doubt that he's had it cleaned for quite a while.
My question is this: how would you go about getting him to accept having his sheath cleaned? I doubt there's anything I could personally do as I'm only there on Saturdays and there's no guarantee that I'll have the time to work with him, but I'm still interested as I've never encountered a horse who minded having his sheath cleaned so much.
And just 'cause he's cute, here's a picture: