August 14, 2018

Venice and the Betadine Jug

When I got to the barn this morning, I thought Connor's under neck area looked a tad lumpy - hives.

No idea what caused them, could be anything this time of year.  He's going to be 100% fine, but it reminded me that I never shared one of me and Mary's most hilarious horse escapades in college on this blog.

The only time in my life I've ever had a horse with hives occurred after Mary and I were scrubbing a wound on the pony we co-owned sophomore year using the college's gallon jug of Betadine.  We weren't supposed to be using that Betadine because Venice was a privately owned horse and not a school horse, but we did it anyway because it was late at night and we thought we wouldn't get caught.

Mary jumping Venice in class

We had replaced the lid so the jug was closed tightly, and we left the jug on the ground next to Venice.  Well...Venice knocked over and then stepped on the closed jug...which caused yellow Betadine to positively EXPLODE all over our white-grey pony, us, the light blue walls of the college's boarder barn, the floor, EVERYTHING.  Like, picture a bomb filled with a gallon of Betadine going off, because that was a brand new bottle, still full.  That's what it looked like.

Picture this horse...covered in yellow leopard spots...

It only got worse when we tried to clean it up, because we used a hose, so of course all that Betadine turned into so much suds, it looked like a fraternity foam party in the barn aisle.

The security guard that found us frantically scrubbing walls and floors while standing in a mountain of bubbles at 10pm that night stopped to laugh his ass off before continuing on with his rounds.  To be honest, I probably would have done the same thing, and I wish there were pictures. 

Why no, we never did questionable things with our horse late at night, why do you ask?

In all the chaos, we hosed Venice down, but apparently not thoroughly enough, because when we got to the barn the next morning he was peppered with hives anywhere the Betadine hit him.  We had to wash our horse, and confess to destroying an entire gallon of the college's Betadine in the barn manager's office.  She thought it was hilarious and we didn't get in trouble.

And that's the only other time in my life I've had a horse that had hives.


  1. Omg that's hysterical!! I think you got in trouble enough just having to clean up after yourselves LOL!

  2. I am laughing so hard at my desk a coworker just looked at me strangely. That's amazing.

  3. laughing so hard....omg. We did something like that years ago and now i can't remember what it was but seriously all I remember is us freaking out on how to clean up the mess (i think it was blueing shampoo we spilled or something so it was BLUE everywhere HA HA HA)

    Remus too has his neck like Connor. UGH what do you do for that? He has some knots from bites but then small hives too....I put his fly sheet on but it doesn't protect his neck. Poor horses :)

  4. I had to laugh at this because OF COURSE it was a GREY pony. I bet you made that security guard's night though. Oh horses... always humbling in one way or another.

  5. Hahahahaha! This is the best story!I miss college.

  6. Of course the grey pony got hit, lol. I can't imagine how long that would have taken to clean up!

  7. haha omg to be that security guard though!

  8. omg i'm dying laughing at this!