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        08-24-2008, 10:33 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by northernmama
    So, if that is true, that turn out 24/7 doesn't make a difference, what is the difference in captivity from being wild? Does anyone know how this is dealt with naturally by the body?
    This is what I've read: In the wild there are no geldings. Stallions use their penis way more than geldings. Fluid passes through there frequently keeping the urethra free of beans. Also, stallions drop completely out most of the time, several times a day, and so build up doesn't accumulate as easily up in the sheath. Geldings rarely drop completely, and they don't ejaculate on a regular basis, so it is imperative to check for beans. Geldings are unnatural, so their junk requires some TLC!

    I've started cleaning my gelding by myself. A load of hay, some good grooming and he's relaxed! Grab that Excalibur and go for it, gently. Most of the time they end up enjoying the massage :)

    I don't think there is anything gross about it. A mature attitude, confidence, and sensitivity are the three ways I approach the situation.
         
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        08-26-2008, 12:46 AM
      #22
    Started
    Omg!! I don't think I can do that!!! In case you havent figured it out by now...I have a gelding too. Eh....I think I have to let this all sink in before I say more...sheesh!!! Maybe I will make more sense tomorrow.
         
        08-26-2008, 12:52 AM
      #23
    Green Broke
    It's not that big of a deal. And it helps keep your horse healthy.
         
        08-26-2008, 10:39 AM
      #24
    Started
    Im sorry but I think its a really big deal to put my head right there at my horses rear legs and do something he's not going to like. Im a big chicken what can I say. Whats going to keep him from kicking my head in? Eh, sounds really scary to me! Don't get me wrong..my horse is nice and has never offered to kick me....but! What if he's really sensitive there??? Most men are!!
         
        08-26-2008, 04:28 PM
      #25
    Foal
    Hehe well he's not really a man anymore if you know what I mean....
    Trust me they don't mind. Mares are the sensitive ones. If you really can't handle it get your vet to do it.
         
        08-26-2008, 05:23 PM
      #26
    Started
    Lol good point! Maybe I will let the vet come out and do it the first time....that way I can see first hand what to do...and what not to do lol
         
        08-26-2008, 06:11 PM
      #27
    Trained
    If you can't stomach it... I would call the vet to come out for a combo visit...that way you're not wasting the money on individual visits. You can combine a dental check/ floating and sheath cleaning with a coggins pull and your yearly vacs I don't really like sedation but sometimes its necessary and this way its all done on the same shot...sure its going to be a heafty bill but you can get your yearlys overwith...or at least plan to save up for them.
         
        08-26-2008, 07:23 PM
      #28
    Foal
    Yes its a job no one really likes to do, but has to be done. I agree 1-2 times a year would be good enough. But then again there are always exceptions to the rules!!!
         
        08-26-2008, 07:33 PM
      #29
    Green Broke
    There are a lot of geldings that will kick your head off so it's good to be cautious.

    Get your horse used to being touched in that area. Rub his belly, scratch the inside of his back legs. If he acts too sensitve then it's a job the vet should do.

    I had NO idea that people sedated their horses for that sort of thing. I just got in and started working on it with my gelding. Thankfully, he didn't react. But he never does if you bribe him with a flake of alfalfa!
         
        08-26-2008, 11:20 PM
      #30
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Solon
    There are a lot of geldings that will kick your head off so it's good to be cautious.

    Get your horse used to being touched in that area. Rub his belly, scratch the inside of his back legs. If he acts too sensitve then it's a job the vet should do.

    I had NO idea that people sedated their horses for that sort of thing. I just got in and started working on it with my gelding. Thankfully, he didn't react. But he never does if you bribe him with a flake of alfalfa!
    Agreed, Solon.

    If we choose to have geldings, we choose to learn how to clean sheaths
         

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