Thanks, I'm pretty fearless, so what ever I choose to do, I shouldn't have a problem doing it. I just don't want to have to pay 36 dollars or whatever every single time for a sedative that for all I know might not even work. I don't think its scary or traumatizing for him, he is very confident (like most OTTBs are) and very dominant, so he's letting me know its his junk and I'm not allowed to touch it, lol....his eyes are never wide and there's no white, and his body language isn't stiff or strained, his eyes are just full of daggers and his mouth gets really tight and wrinkly.
He's not too dirty.....I mean, its dirty, but I'm sure it could be worse. I usually have the spring vaccs done by the vet (when he gets his coggins done, and his yearly rabies, and usually his teeth floated too), and then I do the fall vaccs myself. I think if I did end up waiting a whole year it would be even more traumatizing to him (if it ever was in the first place) because wouldn't they have to be extra rough or something to get all of the older crud off? Does anyone know how they clean sheaths on the track?