07-14-2012, 01:28 PM
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It is something very intimate for the horse and by no means should it be forced! Yes, a gelding can be cleaned without dropping, but you can work with him to make him trust you more and drop it eventually. I am sorry if this sounds inappropriate, but start with rubbing/massaging the outside of his sheath, not trying to push your hand inside it, but just making him comfortable with you being around his sheath. Many geldings enjoy such rubbing and are more likely to drop when stimulated in this manner. But remember to keep slow, kind and undemanding, when you do it. For the horse it is about the process, not the result - if he gets relaxed enough, he will do it automatically.
Not all geldings are the same, JumperGurl - mine, for example, usually keeps his penis quite dirty and I have to clean it, too, not just the sheath, or else it gets just as grimey as the insides. And remember about the beans - it is much harder to extract them if the gelding doesn't drop.