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  • Beans that horses get if you don't clean the sheath
  • How often does a gelding sheath cleaning

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    09-30-2011, 11:42 PM
  #21
Yearling
I don't understand the bean thing. I do get the cleaning the outer part that drops (sorry I suck with anatomy) So I guess the actual penis that drops I clean the outside where it is flaky and gross (gags). But that's the only part that I do understand.
     
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    09-30-2011, 11:47 PM
  #22
Cat
Green Broke
The bean is inside the tip. You are literally sticking your finger into the small opening at the tip and popping out the bean. Its not the most comfortable thing for the horse as you can imagine and I suggest using your pinky.
     
    09-30-2011, 11:50 PM
  #23
Yearling
Well that's pleasant! Right now I am only leasing Beau, this may be a job for his full owner. Haha After all she is a vet nurse.
     
    09-30-2011, 11:53 PM
  #24
Foal
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Originally Posted by Cat    
The bean is inside the tip. You are literally sticking your finger into the small opening at the tip and popping out the bean. Its not the most comfortable thing for the horse as you can imagine and I suggest using your pinky.
Oh lord. I think I should make my husband do this.
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    10-01-2011, 12:27 AM
  #25
Yearling
I just bought my gelding yesterday and noticed he was um, scaly and dry pretty bad down there.
Going to have to leanr how to do this :/
     
    10-01-2011, 12:49 AM
  #26
Foal
I've just taken on a gelding and am not looking forward to the great sheath cleaning event. But at least I have a better idea of what is involved. Thanks OP and all who replied.
     
    10-02-2011, 12:37 PM
  #27
Green Broke
In my experience with sheath cleaning....its not nearly as bad as you think!!!! For me it was always something that had to be done, not an option, so I just got over the thought of what I was actually doing, and just got in there, did the duty, and was all set! Some horses are great for it, and actually enjoy it, and others would rather just be left alone.

Thanks to the OP for posting this though! Think its about time for me to do my guy :)
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    10-02-2011, 01:39 PM
  #28
Showing
Vet told me maybe once annually, no more than that. There are important bacteria that protect those parts.
     
    10-02-2011, 02:42 PM
  #29
Green Broke
I've always had mine done professionaly once a year when their teeth get floated. Reason being I'm already paying for the barn call and sedation, sheath cleaning just doesn't add that much more.
     
    10-03-2011, 08:02 AM
  #30
Weanling
My two geldings don't get very dirty. I will do it once to twice a year. If it's chilly out, a bucket of warm water and a small amount of baby oil will do the trick and you don't need to worry too much about not getting all the soap out (hard when the hose only has COLD water).

I usually do a good cleaning with a gentle soap when they get a bath on a hot day. Although I don't have heated water, I just leave the hose out in the sun and when I'm ready to rinse it is warm (just make sure it isn't too hot!). Neither of my guys will drop for me, but they tolerate it fine. A gentle face soap works well for this if you don't have sheath cleaner, and I always clean the sheath pocket itself as well...it gets dirty in there too.

Definitely not the most fun chore but eh...you get used to it.
     

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