Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
I get a kick out of reading peoples reactions to threads like these. "Eww! You touch them where?" LOL
My wife tickles her boy where his belly button is and he drops out. Our other boy, when I reach in to clean, he drops out. He might enjoy it too much.
The first time my wife's horse was cleaned, we had the vet do it. After we acquired two more boys and seeing what the vet charges, we decided to do it on our own. You just need to get them used to being touched there and then they won't kick out. Start with a cue stick and touch/rub them in that area. At first they may lift a leg or kick out. Just hold the stick there until they stand still and relax. Then take the stick away and rub their neck to reward them.
Someone asked how to clean mares. Definitely much easier but they may kick out too. Do the same as the boys with the stick to desensitize. Then reach up between the udders/teats and remove the smegma.
Warm water works but I usually just try to work it loose and remove it. Sometimes our horses turn and look at us like "What are you doing? Oh, that again." I try to check them once a month and remove what I can.
Someone mentioned if he doesn't pee straight or sprays, he might have a bean. If your horse, boy or girl, is rubbing their butt to itch it, they may need cleaning. Geldings can have their sheath get infected or swell up if left too long between cleanings.
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