Well, that was disgusting…
There is a very sweet older gelding at my barn. He’s owned by an equally sweet older woman. He’s her daughter’s first horse and she’ll be keeping him until he dies. They are fantastic, generous people. He’s 24 years old and still at a good weight. The family’s had him for a decade now and they’ve become quite experienced horse people. He’s kept at a very nice barn, the vet and farrier are out regularily, she rides him lightly and basically takes care of his every need. Except for one thing:
She doesn’t clean her horse’s sheath.
It’s not that she’s unaware of it, she just doesn’t believe in doing it.
When she first mentioned this a few months ago I kinda shrugged it off, assuming that the vet was likely doing it when he had his teeth floated. Yesterday I rode him for her and he went to the washroom in the ring. He seemed to be struggling a bit, so I decided to check out “the Situation” (think about this visual every time you watch Jersey Shore!). I grabbed handfuls of smegma. It was stinky and revolting and there was no way I could leave him like that, so instead I spent a ridiculous amount of time with my hand between a horse’s hind legs (now I need therapy! -see comments of previous post for context). I actually had to remove the bean in two parts, it was so large!
It just boggles my mind that someone who is, in most respects, an excellent horse owner could be so negligent in this one regard.
So what’s the strangest horse care belief that you’ve encountered? And any tips for getting that smell off my hands? I was woefully under-prepared and performed the task sans gloves!