it's that time of year.
Let me explain for those of you who have never heard of this- a horse's penis retracts into their belly. Not because it's cold out but so that it's out of the way. You can imagine trying to gallop across the plains with that slapping around your hocks. The pocket of skin that the penis retracts into is called a 'sheath'.
This sheath needs to be cleaned periodically. Now I'm not that obsessed about it and I tend to leave it alone. Irish is done about once a year or less. I've noticed that Steele's has been looking a bit. Well. Grungy.
I've spent the past several months getting him desensitized to me messing around there. Yes, it's exactly what you're thinking. Horse ownership is not all rainbows and kittens you know.
Last weekend I decided it was time. I boiled some water, a towel and grabbed the 'Excalibur'
After 5 minutes of 'soaking' it was time to rinse. He actually was pretty good about it all, despite how personal I got. Although he did dance a few times and was a little bit non-plussed by the whole thing.
He's now squeaky clean.
And for your viewing pleasure, I give you....