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    05-30-2012, 02:14 AM
My gelding used to make this noise when he trotted. Its weird, but perfectly normal. Its just their sheath bouncing around
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    05-31-2012, 02:10 PM
That's so funny - having had more mares than geldings, I never put two and two together and realized it was just the boys who did this - I just thought some horses did and some horses didn't. I had always thought it was a deep grunt/groany noise as in "can't you see how HARD you're making me work? Can't we stop now? Come oooooooooooooon, pleeeeeeeease?" I've always had REALLY lazy boys...
    05-31-2012, 02:23 PM
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Hunter does that occasionally, it kinds funny. Actually he has been doing it more in the past few weeks than ever before.
    05-31-2012, 02:26 PM
It's completely normal for them to make that noise. It's just air trapped in their sheath.

As for sheath cleaning, that is somethin that you will have to learn how to do. It's gross at first but you get used to it really fast.
    06-01-2012, 03:10 AM
My gelding does this too at the trot. I can't say I ever really thought about it at all, I thought he was just a bit gassy or really hungry or something...

But can confirm that after much reading of HF on the subject, I think it is just his sheath.
    06-01-2012, 06:37 PM
My gelding used to always do that when he was a lot younger, but lately I haven't noticed it. I don't know if I'm just ignorant or used to it but I'm fairly certain he doesn't do it anymore.
    07-24-2012, 05:55 PM
Originally Posted by WesternRider    
LOL its such a weird noise .... I never thought I would have to clean his member LOL
Yep. Trust me, I got caught off guard with that too. I work with a mare pony and I had to clean her utters and privates. It's not that bad once you get over it. It's normal for some black crust to form on his sheath too. Good luck! It's best for you to clean it, the pony I work with loves to get herself cleaned. Good luck!
    07-25-2012, 03:35 PM
Yep, I find that when my gelding makes that noise with his sheath he is getting tense or frustrated. If I let off with whatever exercise I'm trying and come back to it after working on something else, the noise generally does not come back

That being said, your gelding does need his sheath cleaned regularly; for many geldings once a year is sufficient and can be done by the vet in the same visit as the teeth. I usually leave the deep cleaning (and looking for the bean) to my vet and do touchups every few months when I notice that he's a little dirty.
    08-11-2012, 01:26 AM
I think he is being resistant....

Originally Posted by WesternRider    
i don't think he's showing off or anything like that as there is no other horses around and it only happens when he trots (i can't get him to canter on a lunge line) but I dunno im just a newbie
I think he is being resistant and trying to show dominance over you or he is trying to show you how unhappy he is...you said it yourself that he is refusing to canter on the lunge....doesn't sound like a happy respectful guy.

I have often heard this sound with many of the geldings when lunging just because they are excited to be out of the stall, etc.

Check your horses sheath but don't go crazy, cleaning it with chemicals too often can do more harm than good. Also, he would be rubbing on his rump not making noise when excited if he had a bean or something that needed to come out. Good Luck!

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