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post #11 of 53 Old 08-03-2011, 08:52 PM
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Ummmm....your guys just let you wash them????

Mine would kick the heck out of us......


We have the vet sedate him and do it every spring when they get their vaccinations!!
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post #12 of 53 Old 08-03-2011, 08:54 PM
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Haha, it's definitely not the most fun thing to do, but it must be done.
Yep. The whole thing is kind of eeeuuuuuwwww...but what really set me off was this:

A hard brittle hook of matter the size of your little finger was sticking out the end of the penis.


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post #13 of 53 Old 08-03-2011, 09:37 PM
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We schedule it for every 6 months but if we see it getting really dirty and nasty looking then we call in a little early

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Ummmm....your guys just let you wash them????

Mine would kick the heck out of us......


We have the vet sedate him and do it every spring when they get their vaccinations!!

All of mine do. My arab drops after hosing some water in that area for a little while, and pretty much stays dropped, so he's super easy and quick.
My Paint, well, he sucks way up, just to make things difficult, and makes me reach way up in there, to really get the essentials clean. But, that's the worst he does. Otherwise he just stands there, with a slightly "not so impressed" facial expression.

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post #15 of 53 Old 09-30-2011, 11:20 PM
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This may sound like a stupid question, but Hank is my first gelding...I've heard this procedure was a necessity but the ins and outs confuse me :) What exactly do you clean it with? And do you need to coax it out if doesn't readily drop? Oy, this is going to be uncomfortable.
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I am also wondering the samething that Ashley just posted. I have only ever had mares up until just recently. I noticed that Beau is looking a little uhhh scaley? And gross. How can I make it less awkward for him and more for myself. Haha

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What is really fun is doing this in the front yard while your prudish neighbors are out. Talk about a fit!

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Cat, I read an article off of google to try to get a better idea on this cleaning and it really just confused me even more, but in the article is said now to be sure no girl scout troops, elderly neighbors, or horse camp kids are around for the process. I got a good laugh out of it.

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I am also wondering the samething that Ashley just posted. I have only ever had mares up until just recently. I noticed that Beau is looking a little uhhh scaley? And gross. How can I make it less awkward for him and more for myself. Haha
Haha I know! I wouldn't even know what looks right or wrong. And I've heard of some people being "elbow" deep...um, I'm going to need some heavy duty gloves because there's no way I'm paying a vet to do this!
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post #20 of 53 Old 09-30-2011, 11:40 PM
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I use latex-free gloves and KY jelly (more fun looks at the check-out!) but I know others use things like excalibur for cleaning as well. I find a good groom session followed by a butt massage helps my boys drop, but once I start cleaning they can start sucking it back up pretty quick. I don't chase it all the way up like others do so I have to start the process over again to finish. Toby is especially bad about not letting it drop if he suspects its cleaning day.

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