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    View Poll Results: Do you sheath clean?
    Yes, regularly 64 33.68%
    Only if necessary 61 32.11%
    My horse won't let me 2 1.05%
    No, but I clean around my mare's udder etc. 37 19.47%
    I get someone else to do it for me 22 11.58%
    Ew! No! That's gross! I would never! 2 1.05%
    I didn't know you should/could 2 1.05%
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        11-28-2012, 05:10 PM
      #41
    Weanling
    I clean my Guy's "bits" about twice a year but rise/wipe them off everytime he gets a bath, he doesn't really care. At first he looks at me and is like "uh whatcha doin?" then he s like "ah whatever I already knew you were crazy" :)
         
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        11-28-2012, 06:33 PM
      #42
    Trained
    I only clean them if it is necessary. But I never use those soaps that they sell for it because they kill the good bacteria that keeps the germs out. So I just use warm water.
         
        11-28-2012, 07:01 PM
      #43
    Weanling
    I check the boys about once a year, more if I think there's a little something going on up there. The mares I'll wash up (between their teets) about once a month with a warm, damp rag.
         
        11-28-2012, 08:12 PM
      #44
    Started
    I check my boys regularly, at least once a month I wipe it out with just a dry paper towel and do good cleanings in the summer. My pony lets me know when he needs it by rubbing his bum on the wall. At first he tried to kick at me, I just held up the hind foot close to me and did it. Now he's realized it's actually kinda nice, so he holds his leg up out of the way and points with his nose - he does that for when he has ticks on him too :P Too smart for his own good!

    I'm amazed at how few people know that girls need to be cleaned too! I wipe with a paper towel at least once a week and there's always gunk on it, so I can't imagine not doing it! My mare will rub her bum too when she's especially itchy, she's got big fat butt cheeks too so I usually need to wipe a towel between them to keep that less greasy and gross xD

    Not as bad as our grey stallion who has melanomas on his 'bits' and needs desitin wiped on it -.-'

    Loosewolf said it best "The things we do for them"!
         
        12-01-2012, 10:51 AM
      #45
    Yearling
    I always had the vet do mine. I tried myself once. Got a vial of ace from the vet, gave it to him, and when hr looked sleepy I started cleaning. It didn't end well, so I went back to letting the vet do it.
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        12-01-2012, 12:45 PM
      #46
    Yearling
    My three year old gelding is so dirty all the time. I didn't really start paying attention until this year. No one I know cleans the sheaths themselves. They get the vet out to do it. Except my trainer, but he used to show/breed so it's just standard procedure for him.
    My poor guy. He was always rubbing his butt on things. I thought he had pin worms, but when I finally started learning about sheath cleaning, and looked, he was filthy.

    I cleaned him for the first two months ago, and he is already super filthy again. Worse than before, actually. I have a feeling he's going to need cleaning once a month or so to be comfortable.

    I check my mare's udders every once in a while when I remember. Usually it is just a little crusty build up. Nothing bad. She lets me pick it off without a fuss.
         
        12-01-2012, 07:28 PM
      #47
    Started
    You don't need to use a cleaner. Not good to have it 'too' clean up there. But using lube...like KY....and sticking a handful of it up there before rinsing it out, loosens all of the gook. Then just rinse out with a rag or sock and warm water. If you don't get all the KY out, it's ok, not going to hurt as soap would. Once they get used to it, it shouldn't be an issue. Just go slow, make it relaxing by grooming him too. You can do a little at a time, don't shock him...lol.
         
        12-09-2012, 02:30 AM
      #48
    Foal
    At the barn I used to be at I would get paid to clean sheaths LOL. I own a mare though but I clean dirt off her vulva and udder about every other day with a wash cloth or I at least wipe the dirt off with paper towel. I get soooo annoyed with people who don't clean their gelding's sheath that I offer to do it for free. I just can't stand it when I hear squeaky horses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT DRIVES ME NUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am getting a colt soon though and when I do, his sheath will be cleaned about 2x a month. Even if it's just hosing with water or with a wet cloth.
         
        12-09-2012, 04:01 AM
      #49
    Green Broke
    We usually check both mares and geldings once a month, in warmer temps. Pick out as much as we can and fully clean once a year. All are fine with being cleaned. You just need to show them it's ok to be done.
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        12-09-2012, 04:11 AM
      #50
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by horsietori    
    At the barn I used to be at I would get paid to clean sheaths LOL. I own a mare though but I clean dirt off her vulva and udder about every other day with a wash cloth or I at least wipe the dirt off with paper towel. I get soooo annoyed with people who don't clean their gelding's sheath that I offer to do it for free. I just can't stand it when I hear squeaky horses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT DRIVES ME NUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am getting a colt soon though and when I do, his sheath will be cleaned about 2x a month. Even if it's just hosing with water or with a wet cloth.
    Squeaky horses? Are you talking about the "gelding noise"? The noise they make when they trot?

    That has nothing to do with whether or not they need cleaning. It is from them being tense or nervous. Some say it is because they suck the penis up more at those times which creates a bigger pocket of air.
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