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        05-08-2010, 07:40 AM
      #21
    Weanling
    LOL...it's 6:45AM and I'm sitting on the couch laughing. DH thinks I'm nuts! I love this article....had read it a long time ago and forgotten about it. I love the antics of Mr. Hand....hehehe
         
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        05-08-2010, 12:24 PM
      #22
    Trained
    Indy - Yes pink parts do get dirtier at least from what I've read they generally need to be cleaned more regularly.

    Lucky you, eh? LOL
         
        05-08-2010, 11:23 PM
      #23
    Yearling
    My hint- clean sheaths after midnight using a tiny headlight deep in the woods where no one can see you, draped under a gigantic tarp or something. It never fails- start monkeying around with horse Parts and someone has to show up. The last time I did this, the Schwans man showed up and had the nerve to ask me if I needed to buy ice cream.
         
        05-09-2010, 09:31 AM
      #24
    Green Broke
    AHAHAHA!!!! Lol we just got some geldings a couple of months ago and i've NEVER heard of sheath cleanings lol i'm afraid one of our boys is going to have to be sedated for sheath cleaning as he is very touchy. But my little colt Sparta is going to quite enjoy it as he loves having the insides of his legs scratched and such. At what age should you start sheath cleanings? He is 2 months old now. And you can see and feel a couple of little crusty things on it. In just this amount of time. And also I have no idea how to get the bean. And i'm way to chicken to try incase I hurt one of them lol
         
        05-09-2010, 07:56 PM
      #25
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by lilkitty90    
    AHAHAHA!!!! Lol we just got some geldings a couple of months ago and i've NEVER heard of sheath cleanings lol i'm afraid one of our boys is going to have to be sedated for sheath cleaning as he is very touchy. But my little colt Sparta is going to quite enjoy it as he loves having the insides of his legs scratched and such. At what age should you start sheath cleanings? He is 2 months old now. And you can see and feel a couple of little crusty things on it. In just this amount of time. And also I have no idea how to get the bean. And i'm way to chicken to try incase I hurt one of them lol
    Ya know, I've never thought about what age to start - most my geldings have been at least 4 when I've got them. Finn is a yearling, I've never cleaned him yet, but haven't seen any need - when he drops, he's clean as a whistle. I guess I'd just figured once he is gelded, and shows signs of needing it. I've hand to "handle" him enough checking to see if his other teste has dropped (still hasn't) in prep for gelding, so sheath cleaning should be no biggy for him. But you make me wonder if I should have done it by now.
         
        05-09-2010, 08:13 PM
      #26
    Weanling
    Good description! I now realize I am only doing 1/2 the job that I should. It took a lot of courage to work up to the amount I have done, but I only go up as far as my wrist. I got plenty of 'gooky' stuff out of it. I meant to bring a glove but forgot. I was washing him down and thought 'what better time' and started feeling around up there with my fingers. Another woman already had demonstrated that he didn't mind, when I asked about having it done. Actually, the very first time I did it and was just picking around with my fingers. I realized afterwards when I ran the sweat scraper over him to get off extra water since I had just hosed him completely down, I found out purely by accident that if I run the sweat scraper from just behind his front legs to just in front of his sheath, he will drop it. I noticed him drop it a little the first time I did it, so I just did it over and over again and don't you know he stuck it all the way out for me. Luckily I had the hose in my hand so I just put it on a gentle mist and was able to rinse the sand that I saw off of it. He slowly pulled it back in when I did that. So I worked on something else for a little bit and then did the bit with the sweat scraper on the belly again and, sure enough, he stuck it out again. So I got to rinse it a little more. Jeez I didn't realize you could stick your arm in all the way to the elbow!
         
        05-09-2010, 11:38 PM
      #27
    Green Broke
    Yeah. And wow finn is a yearling!? Boy does the time fly! Sparta finally dropped his first teste this week so we are waiting on the next one and he is being snipped as soon as it is spotted! As he is kept with 4 mares and I do NOT want any chances of another pregnancy! As for the cleaning. I'm not sure maybe Finn is just clean and sparta isn't but i've noticed his is quite dirty on the inner edge of the sheath so I need to maybe get some warm water and a sponge and see what I can do about it.
         

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