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  • Equine sheath noise
  • How to tell if horse needs sheath cleaned grunting

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    08-08-2012, 06:53 PM
Sheath Cleaning

So.. three, maybe even four, now, of our geldings have been making the noise that they need their sheaths cleaned. However, there is a slight problem:

2/4 of them hate water, and won't stand a second still while you hose them.
1/4 kicks out his back legs, out of irritation [working on that]
And the fourth one just tolerates water.

I was wondering if there were any other cleaning solutions available to cleaning? Would using a sponge and warm water be the next best solution? I did this on our mustang, the one who kicks, and he seemed alright. However, I could not soak the sheath enough to where it peeled off more easily.

Also... how do I get them to drop so as to give them a better cleaning? The mustang used to drop after riding, but he doesn't do that any more.
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    08-08-2012, 06:57 PM
Call your vet and eat the bill, seriously. Do the one that is obedient and let the vet handle the rest.
    08-08-2012, 07:28 PM
The noise that means their sheath needs to be cleaned? Do you mean the 'Gelding Grunt' that you occasionally hear when they run or trot? I was always under the impression that that has nothing to do with sheath cleanliness. My gelding makes that noise even right after a good sheath cleaning, I was told it's just air trapped up in the sheath.

But I do agree. Have the vet do it, and then over the next few months acclimate them to the things they hate. Give it a spray or two during bathtime down there for the horses who hate the water. While you're brushing, bring your hands nearby. Ease them into it, and when it comes time to do it again they shouldn't mind it so much,
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    08-08-2012, 08:22 PM
I agree with shoebox. All of our horses, mares and geldings, get sprayed up there every time they get hosed. When I go to clean their sheaths (or my mare's, ahem, private areas) they're perfectly fine. Our Paint even gets really into it and tosses his head all around like you're scratching the itchiest spot ever ...

Anyway, if you work on brushing them under their bellies and the insides of their hind legs they should start behaving a little better with the hose. Use room temp or slightly warm water if you can so it's more comfortable for them. Good luck!
    08-10-2012, 04:58 AM
I'm pretty sure that noise has nothing to do with needing their sheath cleaned lol :) it usually means they are nervous or worried. I don't know for sure but I'm fairly certain that it has nothing to do with their sheath
    08-10-2012, 05:50 AM
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No, the noise has nothing to do with it. Like the others have said, you'll just have to get them used to being touched down there.

There are a lot of other threads about this already. Read through them. You'll find out how to go about getting your horse used to it.
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    08-10-2012, 09:46 PM
Maddie, theyre talking about a different nosie than you are. Eddies was nervous or worried. This one is just an annoying grunt they make when they trot or run lol! But yeah I don't have a geldng so can't help you all there!

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