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    07-18-2008, 10:14 AM
  #11
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Originally Posted by PoptartShop
Yes, you do. :) It's one of the things about owning a gelding. Also, mare-owners have to clean their mare's teats out too!
It's good for the horse health-wise.
Ya I scrub them out usually on a weekly basis...they actually love it when I get the dirt out and scratch their bellies :)
     
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    07-18-2008, 11:03 AM
  #12
Foal
Scrubbing on a weekly basis may be too much. There are "good" microrganisms there that you are taking away. They only need cleaned once or twice a year.
     
    07-18-2008, 11:30 AM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by GallopingGrape
Scrubbing on a weekly basis may be too much. There are "good" microrganisms there that you are taking away. They only need cleaned once or twice a year.
I think she meant the mare's teats... :)
     
    07-18-2008, 12:16 PM
  #14
Yearling
Sadly, yes you have to do it! :P
     
    07-18-2008, 01:41 PM
  #15
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Originally Posted by barefoothooves
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Originally Posted by GallopingGrape
Scrubbing on a weekly basis may be too much. There are "good" microrganisms there that you are taking away. They only need cleaned once or twice a year.
I think she meant the mare's teats... :)
Yes I was thanxs
     
    07-18-2008, 02:23 PM
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Ah, I'd much rather clean a mares teats weekly than a gelding EVER! LOL At least my gelding, Abe, because he's a turd.. Mares appreciate it sooo much.. :)
     
    07-19-2008, 06:13 PM
  #17
Foal
Ok, thanks (sorry I haven't been on in a while).
     
    07-19-2008, 11:09 PM
  #18
Green Broke
Haha, i've never done it before but I get to this week!

Poor dukey, it's all flakey and crusty and bugs are living in it
     
    08-24-2008, 03:11 AM
  #19
Foal
I never knew either! I got my gelding at age ten and didn't clean his sheath until two years later
Bad me
But yes it's gross, and it makes absolutely no difference whether he's stalled or on pasture. It's a buildup of natural oils and debris, it's going to occur no matter what. My gelding was on pasture his whole life and was still disgustingly dirty.
There's plenty of good articles to help get you through it.... and oddly enough, it's kind of satisfying once your done.
(thank god I have a mare now lol)
     
    08-24-2008, 11:18 PM
  #20
Trained
Yep, you do!

I have one that REALLY enjoys it and one that doesn't like it so much.
     



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