Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
Ugh. I have both done it myself and paid a vet to do it. If a horse is particularly "offended" by it, and no amount of training will make it to where you can adequetely clean it, and you can't get ace - you almost have to get a vet. It is something to be thankful for when a horse allow it w/o problems. I had one gelding that needed zero training. I had him since he hit the ground, and the first time was a breeze, and all thereafter. And, I also had a gelding since he was a yearling - who had the extreme opposite. Niether's attitude about it was due to a "previouse owner", in other words. Their reception of it is what it is.
The problem, IMO, there is just no room for error. For example, if you finally gain enough of their trust to do it, and have your hand in there and they change their mind about the whole trust thingy..and decide to whack your arm with their back leg they just caused a "self fullfilling prophecy" to come true, which they just knew - would! Now they are convinced, and you have to start over behind square one. No one knows what the sensitivity is, I can only guess it is high. Its just not worth it unless you know there will be no significant resistance at anytime during the cleaning effort.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.