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  • What cuts through greasy build up in a horse's sheath
  • Cleaning horse's sheath with Ivory soap

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    05-24-2012, 09:10 PM
sheath cleaning

I just got my gelding 5 mos ago and I cleaned his sheath for the first time today. He just turned 7 and I pulled out handfuls of crusty black globs. Is this normal? It seems like he has maybe never been cleaned before, but I am ne expert.
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    05-24-2012, 09:30 PM
Usually, you clean a horse's sheath very regularly – sometimes about once a month. Use warm water and ivory soap to cut through the grease and grime. If you can get the horse to drop, kind of flip back the head, and look for beans caught right next to the urethra – they're usually a light fleshy color.

Do you mean that you reached in and pulled out a handful (?!) or that, in all, you gathered a couple handfuls?

If it's the former, no, that's not normal. XD If it's the latter, then it was awfully dirty, but it's no big deal. ;)

I would recommend cleaning it again in a couple weeks, because it can build up quickly sometimes, especially, I've found, after you initially clean it when it hasn't been done.

    05-24-2012, 10:37 PM
Every horse is different. Mine is a very dirty boy. Every few weeks he's fully gunked up. Others go months with nothing.
    05-24-2012, 11:58 PM
I can't remember where I read it, but it seems that cleaning to often can lead to killing of the good bacteria. So I'd be careful not to clean to often. I do tend to clean him more in the summer because of the darn flies.
    05-25-2012, 12:04 AM
I clean my guy twice a summer. Really doesn't seem like he needs it more often than that. Not much build-up. I think every horse is different.
    05-25-2012, 12:06 AM
Sky got cleaned in Feb and before that sometime last summer. He didn't have much so I'm leaning towards every horse is different.
    05-25-2012, 12:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Rascaholic    
I can't remember where I read it, but it seems that cleaning to often can lead to killing of the good bacteria. So I'd be careful not to clean to often. I do tend to clean him more in the summer because of the darn flies.
This is what I read too!
    05-25-2012, 01:18 AM
Originally Posted by nvr2many    
This is what I read too!
I wouldn't clean, say, every day, but it is important to clean often. Smegma build up can be painful! Each and every horse is different, but as long as you use a mild soap (I recommend Ivory soap) and warm water, you should be fine. :)
    05-25-2012, 01:23 AM
Does excalibur (sp) sheath cleaner work?
    05-25-2012, 01:35 AM
Originally Posted by TbLover    
does excalibur (sp) sheath cleaner work?
I personally have not used it before, but I have heard that it does(: There are so many horses to clean that it's too pricey for the barn owner to buy special sheath cleaner, because Ivory soap works just as well. I kind of just followed in her shoes because it's good and effective and safe. :)

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