My horse has put me on the equine sex offenders list, and I’m not very sure I can argue with him.
Here’s my confession… in 18 years of riding horses I have never cleaned a sheath. I know, I know… you may cast your stones at me. You may call me an awful horse owner…. but it’s true.
See, the place I learned to ride taught me excellent horse care. I could muck a stall and cold hose a leg before I knew how to canter properly, and I’m really grateful for that. I was introduced to the concept of sheath cleaning at age 12-13, and it was yucky…. but I watched it being done and vowed to remember this and do it when the time came.
Then my first horse was a mare. Huzzah! No cleaning necessary.
But all my other horses have been geldings… so how did I avoid this duty? There would be the occasional vet doing it, or the horse would drop and it would look “fine” so I’d give myself the excuse not to do it. Awful, I know – again, you may throw stones.
Now that I’ve owned Simon a year and I’m an adult who is supposed to be an excellent horse Mom, I realized that there was no more time to delay. He’s also started rubbing his tail recently, which really drilled home that it was time to get my hands on the package!
So I showed up to the barn with rubber gloves and KY Jelly, having watched several youtube videos and ready to do the deed.
And I did it.
All by myself.
My lovely little horse was impeccably behaved, only getting annoyed once when I was trying to get the bean and all he did was lift his leg in warning. Warn me all you want buddy, I totally understand.
I also clipped, groomed and primped him for the show this weekend. Afterward as a reward for all of his patience, I decided to let him graze between the two rings where the grass is nice and thick. This area isn’t fenced in, but he had 2 cc’s of Ace so I figured it wouldn’t be a problem.
Yeah, that’s the last photo I took of him before he was like “You are not to be trusted woman!” and had me chasing him around the property.
Lesson learned – when you’re place on the horse sex offender’s list it takes a little bit more than a treat and some grazing to get back in good graces.