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  • How often should i have my horses sheath clean
  • How often do you have to clean a geldings sheath?

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    10-03-2011, 08:46 AM
  #31
Foal
I do mine alot cause my horse doesnt come out of his sheath to pee. So he gets pretty gross. I would say I do his every other week.
     
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    10-03-2011, 09:14 AM
  #32
QOS
Green Broke
I have to clean both of my geldings this week. My hubby refuses to clean his gelding and I started a couple of months back getting my new horse and hubbys horse used to me touching them there. I spray a little water up there gently when I am rinsing them off after rides to soften up the gunk. I was able to check Biscuit for a bean a few weeks ago and he doesn't have one so it is on to Sarge now and he is pretty elusive with his junk!

LOL my cousin said her horse would lift his leg to her when she tried to clean him and I told her to scratch his bum a little or inside his leg to get him to drop. LOL She asked me where when we were rinsing them after a ride and I showed her and then gently touched him and he didn't raise his leg to me so I sprayed a little water in there and omg he is dirty up there. He gave us a funny look and I told him some guys PAY for this so to get over it. Thank God no girl scouts or church members were out as we were right beside the Cowboy Church doing this....
     
    10-03-2011, 03:13 PM
  #33
Weanling
When I had my gelding, I would check him every couple weeks. He was quite comfortable with me handling his 'stuff' (typical gross boy!) and he would drop almost as soon as I ran my hand back there. I would pick off whatever flakies I could see and check for a bean. If there was none, we were done. If I saw something, I brought out the bucket of warm water and KY Jelly.

He was surprisingly easy to do. I'd clean, he's snooze. It wasn't that bad, but it definitely wasn't on my list of favorite things to do. The looks I'd get from the other boarders were absolutely comical though. One boarder was riding by as I was doing it and she nearly fell off her horse because she was so focused on what I was doing and why.
     
    10-03-2011, 03:34 PM
  #34
Green Broke
I've said this on another thread here, but, I clean my gelding's sheaths all of the time. I never do a thoroughly cleaning at any one time, and I don't use soap or water. I clean some dead skin and/or one bean or two about every week. Their sheaths stay pretty clean this way, and I don't irritate them. I've done this with every gelding that I've owned, and I've owned geldings for 26 years now. A good time to do so is After a workout, when he is more relaxed, but it's all about trusting me to not abuse his "privates."
Now, if we're talking about a thorough grooming, let's get into it about getting that dirt off of their lower legs!!! LOL
     
    10-03-2011, 03:50 PM
  #35
Yearling
From the Other Point of View

Nick: Nice day, eh Chip?

Chip: Sure is, Nick! The grass is particularly succulent today. Hey, there's our owner! Let's go see if she has any Horse Crunch!

Nick: Cool! Race ya!

clompitty clomp clompitty clomp clompitty BRAKE!

Chip: Hey, whydya stop? I bumped my nose on your butt.

Nick: She's got a pail of water, the little white bottle and... and....

Both Nick and Chip: THE RUBBER GLOVES! RUN! RUN AWAY!

clompitty clomp clompitty clomp clompitty clomp....

Red Gate Farm: Rats.
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    10-03-2011, 04:56 PM
  #36
Yearling
LMAO!! That was great Red Gate Farm, i'm thinking you need a new tactic lol

I just bought my Gelding 6 months ago, when he got his teeth done a couple months ago I checked and he wasnt to bad. But i'm thinking i'll give it a good clean before winter comes, we have warm water but i'd imagine it would still be more comforable before the air gets to frigid lol

I took a short Horse groom aprentiship program and they said that its fine to check and clean with no soap or other cleaning supplies pretty often, but to only wash with soap/cleaning supplies every 6month-1 year as you don't want to mess up the nature balence by cleaning it to much

For everyone who doesn't have heated water in your barn you could look into a heater coil for water buckets. We had one at the barn where I did my aprentiship. Very handy when you don't have heated water in your barn

Midwest Trade Tool Bucket Heater - Midwest Trade Tool (GUHEATB) - Tiletools.com
(this isn't the exact model they had there. Just one I found on google when I did a quick serch just now)
     
    10-04-2011, 12:58 PM
  #37
Foal
This topic got me thinkin, I've never had to clean a horses sheeth before (Barn owners or horses owners have always done it, so I've never had a time to do it myself), and now that I have a gelding who I know has NEVER in his life had it done and another horse on the property who's probably the same (It's looking reaally flakey). I've been wanting to get it done but don't have much of an idea of how do it and what to use. There's not much for people to ask this way as I'm pretty certain most the farmers here don't think to clean there on their horses (For the ones I know) and I just moved so I'm still finding out where all the horsey people are. Anyone have any help pointers?
     
    10-04-2011, 01:07 PM
  #38
Green Broke
K.I., start with brushing his belly around the penis/sheath and touching the area as you brush--the approach and retreat method. Every day you can linger a little longer in the area. Watch, or ask a friend to watch for a violent reaction. MANY years ago I didn't even think I would have a problem with any of my geldings, so I just cleaned them up there. Don't assume you have a problem unless your horse shows you so. One or both of them may have been groomed successfully there when they were very young, and just had owners who didn't bother to clean them there. The worst reaction you will get it is a horse that tries to kick you, and it's harder for him to kick sideways, easier for a horse to kick backwards. Once you are succesful, try my suggestion (above) and don't do a thorough cleaning at any ONE time. I also think, if you are successful, that this should become part of your regular grooming, that is, to handle the penis/sheath on a regular basis even IF it doesn't need cleaning, for about 6 months. After THAT, you won't have to clean your horse very often. I own two 5yo geldings, and it's an important part of their current training to be completely handled, so I am cleaning sheaths often. In a few years, I'll just be checking/cleaning as needed. My older geldings NEVER gave me trouble cleaning their sheaths. =D
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    10-04-2011, 02:05 PM
  #39
Foal
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Originally Posted by Corporal    
K.I., start with brushing his belly around the penis/sheath and touching the area as you brush--the approach and retreat method. Every day you can linger a little longer in the area. Watch, or ask a friend to watch for a violent reaction. MANY years ago I didn't even think I would have a problem with any of my geldings, so I just cleaned them up there. Don't assume you have a problem unless your horse shows you so. One or both of them may have been groomed successfully there when they were very young, and just had owners who didn't bother to clean them there. The worst reaction you will get it is a horse that tries to kick you, and it's harder for him to kick sideways, easier for a horse to kick backwards. Once you are succesful, try my suggestion (above) and don't do a thorough cleaning at any ONE time. I also think, if you are successful, that this should become part of your regular grooming, that is, to handle the penis/sheath on a regular basis even IF it doesn't need cleaning, for about 6 months. After THAT, you won't have to clean your horse very often. I own two 5yo geldings, and it's an important part of their current training to be completely handled, so I am cleaning sheaths often. In a few years, I'll just be checking/cleaning as needed. My older geldings NEVER gave me trouble cleaning their sheaths. =D
Thank you very much! I will be sure to keep watch for their reactions and add this in their routine~ I gotta groom them later tonight (They look like they got glomped by the burr monster) so I'll give it a go when I head out~ :P
     
    10-04-2011, 03:27 PM
  #40
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Originally Posted by Beauseant    
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!!

UPDATE: our boy DOES let us clean him...of course, we have to bombard him with treats to keep him focused on something other than what we are doing.

He is a dirty guy....he seriously needs that area washed every month or two. I wonder why....since some of you only need to do it twice a year. I wonder what he's doing with that thing that makes it so dirty...

He doesn't kick out at us like we thought he would....

We haven't tried to do the bean removal though. That is too invasive for us...we'll leave that to the vet. YUCK
     

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