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    09-14-2010, 02:25 AM
  #1
Green Broke
I cleaned his sheath for the first time O.O

Okay...awkward but it had to be done so I got my glove on,some mild soap(didn't have any excalibur or KY jelly) so I had some herbal/enviroment safe stuff that is mild. So I reached in since he wouldn't drop it and started cleaning and got most if not all the smegma out and off. Anyways, he seemed to get antsy towards the end and everyone told me to just stop..I had soapy water but not super soapy and I didn't get to rinse it all off! Now I am worried about an infection starting or irritation...what am I to do? Do I rinse it super well tomorrow and see if he will drop it or what?

There was no bean.
     
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    09-14-2010, 02:56 AM
  #2
Green Broke
Always take time to rinse! It can be an irritant for them. Even if they are antsy, make sure you always rinse or just use warm water and no soap if you don't think you'll have time to rinse the soap off.
     
    09-14-2010, 02:58 AM
  #3
Green Broke
I will check it tomorrow. I REALLY hope he is okay. I will officially use just warm water. I feel so bad. Is there anyway I know if it looks like an infection..I don't think he will get an infection but irritation!..Should I rinse it off tomorrow really well?

I feel like a horrible person.
     
    09-15-2010, 10:32 AM
  #4
Yearling
Oh, don't beat yourself up over it! One day won't trigger the end of the world, he might be a little itchy, but his bits won't fall off because of it ;)

My guys can get pretty antsy-pants'd when I clean them out too. Usually I plant myself firmly against their hip (JUST in case they decide to throw a kick) and tell them 'Loki/Red/Divo hold still. Almost done.' in a firm but soothing voice. Sometimes I just go up there using water as a lubricant, get the bean, get out, then come back the next day to finish it all up with some KY.

Loads of treats at the end, of course. Divo had three lima bean sized chunks stuck in his you-know-what. I got one out by just goin' up in there, and then the other two when he relaxed and dropped the next day. That was an experience XD he wasn't haltered and wasn't tied, just "THERE IT IS! GRAB HOLD!"
     
    09-15-2010, 11:04 AM
  #5
Yearling
...I'm so glad I own mares LOL
     
    09-15-2010, 11:36 AM
  #6
Yearling
I usually take the head off of the hose and turn the water on low, then stick the hose up in there for a little bit, moving it back and forth and letting the water run out on it's own. Rook seems to really like the water hose at that time...LOL.
     
    09-15-2010, 11:41 AM
  #7
Banned
I use the hose too. Great for rinsing. This time of year the water is not that cold.
     
    09-15-2010, 01:27 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Thanks everyone.
He seemed fine but I will clean the rest tonight to make sure it is all squeeky clean.
     
    09-15-2010, 10:06 PM
  #9
Trained
Next time just lube him up with baby oil, go for a ride and then rinse. The gunk will slide off like butter.
     
    09-16-2010, 01:03 AM
  #10
Banned
Well I just got my horses sheath cleaned not that long ago... I hear that we should do it about every 8 months... isn't that right?
     

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