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    05-07-2010, 03:20 PM
Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes    
My friend wanted to watch as I did Soda's sheath for the first time. She was amazed/disgusted about how far my arm went up there. LOL The look on her face was priceless.
Snerk! Yeah, I had a non-horsey friend want to watch out of curiosity once, too.

I thought she was going to puke, faint, or do both! She never asked to watch me do it again, for some reason......
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    05-07-2010, 03:34 PM
My friend left when I started searching for the bean. At least she knows what she'll be getting into if she ever gets a gelding, right??
    05-07-2010, 03:36 PM
Green Broke
I wanna know how people do this to stallions lol
    05-07-2010, 03:41 PM
I would think it's easier to do on studs because they are used to it. You're supposed to clean it before and after every breeding! Heck they probably start to like it due to association with breeding. LOL, that'd be a GREAT job, huh?
    05-07-2010, 04:43 PM
Originally Posted by speedy da fish    
I wanna know how people do this to stallions lol
I have a friend who had a stallion who, to put it delicately, thought sheath cleaning was the second greatest thing in life, with breeding being the greatest.

In fact, sometimes she'd have to give him time to, erm, rest before he could cover a mare.

I often asked her if they shared a cigarette afterwards.
    05-07-2010, 05:27 PM
I really should clean my geldings up...I just need to work up the courage to do it. I have very cold well water, so should I use buckets of warmer water? I've read that you aren't supposed to contaminate clean and dirty rags/sponges during the cleaning people normally use gloves instead?

My vet has a sheath cleaning option once their teeth have been floated (still tranq'd)--perhaps I will just do that.
    05-07-2010, 08:54 PM
I also have cold well water. So... I used several buckets of warm water, Excaliber, and clean rags (that I threw away afterwards). For rinsing, a large syringe works great. Just fill it with clean warm water from the bucket, and use your hand to position it up the sheath and squirt gently.

Soda didn't mind at all and he's pretty touchy. I have to say I've noticed since I've cleaned it he's been.. er... "playing" a lot more....

As I said above. Move slowly, be gentle, and watch your horse's ears/attitude. Don't try to rush it and if you aren't sure how he's going to react start with water/K-Y or something else that doesn't necessarily have to be well rinsed.

Or just find a vet that will do it.
    05-07-2010, 09:25 PM
Green Broke
I've yet to be able to get the job done on Claymore. I had the vet do it when his teeth were done in the fall and he was nice and out of it, but I can tell he needs it again. (do horses with pink parts actually GET grubbier, or is it just more visible? My chestnut gelding never looked so gross) I have not been able to "gain admittance" with Claymore, even with a substantial amount of lube, it's like he is able to padlock up his sheath. It's so tight I can't get my hand in there, even with a good amount of relaxation attempts. I guess I just have to have the vet out to sedate him again.
    05-08-2010, 12:35 AM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Thanks Wrangler, but I can't take credit for it.

Someone else wrote it several years ago, and I saved it.

It's funny and accurate!
Here's a link to the article by Patricia Harris that Speed Racer was quoting - just scroll down to Part 2 the cleaning process...

I have it bookmarked .
    05-08-2010, 01:26 AM
Priceless. I love that explanation. At our winter camp, my horse was the only one whose sheath needed cleaning, so EVERYONE, staff and all (in total, about 10 people) gathered round and watched as my bare arm went deeper...and deeper....and I pulled out more and more smegma! Lol it was the first time for lots of the girls there, seeing it and their faces were a picture of pure horror lol

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