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post #11 of 41 Old 05-25-2007, 06:14 PM
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Hee! Hee! Thats a good idea!!! Get the vet to do it, they will be able to tell you why as well!
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post #12 of 41 Old 05-25-2007, 07:35 PM
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I've TRIED to clean my geldings sheath, but he threatens to kick me everytime I go near it. I'm thinking of asking the vet to do mine as well. I think I heard that you should check it every so often, but it doesn't really need to be cleaned more than once a month, or every other month. Something like that.
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post #13 of 41 Old 05-25-2007, 07:43 PM
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LOL! This is why I have a mare! Much, much easier to clean!

That said, check out this site. http://www.equisearch.com/advice/how...386/index.html

Many geldings get gunky up in there. It needs to be cleaned out. They can also get what is called a bean in their uretha that needs to be removed. If you don't want to do it a vet will usually do this. Especially if the "guy" is not crazy about being handled there... A vet can give light sedation, then clean. Most geldings love being cleaned, at least once they realize how much nicer it feels afterward!

Stallions also need to be checked. When they um, "service" mares, it gets kind of cleaned, but if they arn't doing that, then they too need cleaning.

My friend has her hubby do the sheath cleaning! LOL! It's done about once a year, usually in the spring along with shots and teeth.
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post #14 of 41 Old 05-25-2007, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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LOL! This is why I have a mare! Much, much easier to clean!

That said, check out this site. http://www.equisearch.com/advice/how...386/index.html

Many geldings get gunky up in there. It needs to be cleaned out. They can also get what is called a bean in their uretha that needs to be removed. If you don't want to do it a vet will usually do this. Especially if the "guy" is not crazy about being handled there... A vet can give light sedation, then clean. Most geldings love being cleaned, at least once they realize how much nicer it feels afterward!

Stallions also need to be checked. When they um, "service" mares, it gets kind of cleaned, but if they arn't doing that, then they too need cleaning.

My friend has her hubby do the sheath cleaning! LOL! It's done about once a year, usually in the spring along with shots and teeth.
what's the avrg. cost? i dont have a lot of money so i might HAVE to do it myself.
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post #15 of 41 Old 05-25-2007, 08:03 PM
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I don't know the cost. Plus it varies from place to place, you could call and ask the vet how much he/she would charge.

In the meantime, you could start getting him accustomed to being handled in that area. Start by scratching his favorite places, then work toward there, go back to favorites... Back and forth. Teach him, it isn't going to hurt, let him associate nice scratching with being touched there. Also, get him used to having water in that area, with gentle sprinkles (especially on a hot day!) Usually they are afraid of being hurt, so once they learn that being touched there isn't going to hurt, and sheath cleaning doesn't hurt, they start to either ignore being touched there, or they learn to like it.

Hope this helps!
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post #16 of 41 Old 05-25-2007, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know the cost. Plus it varies from place to place, you could call and ask the vet how much he/she would charge.

In the meantime, you could start getting him accustomed to being handled in that area. Start by scratching his favorite places, then work toward there, go back to favorites... Back and forth. Teach him, it isn't going to hurt, let him associate nice scratching with being touched there. Also, get him used to having water in that area, with gentle sprinkles (especially on a hot day!) Usually they are afraid of being hurt, so once they learn that being touched there isn't going to hurt, and sheath cleaning doesn't hurt, they start to either ignore being touched there, or they learn to like it.


lol ok thanx
Hope this helps!
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post #17 of 41 Old 05-27-2007, 09:09 AM
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Well, it's important to know that horses are all different, some don't need anyone cleaning them down there, some need it sometimes, and others develop so much debris in the sheath, that it needs cleaning often....or it can lead to problems, It is good to know your own horse's needs and just take care of them. Cleaning the sheath is not much different than cleaning hooves, but it's actually easier, in that there are no heavy feet to pick up! Anyway, just put on a pair of disposable gloves and clean it up if it needs it. There is nothing nasty about getting it done, sometimes it's just important to do. It's just another part of the body and after a while it's no different than washing any thing else on your horse. Treat him with respect and get the job done.
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post #18 of 41 Old 05-27-2007, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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ok, i was starting to to just get him use to being touched on his belly area and he tried to kick me. :(
so now i have to work on a couple of things with him. well it'll keep me away from jumping him at least
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post #19 of 41 Old 05-27-2007, 08:01 PM
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I was just talking to my friend who has 3 geldings, and she said to get a person to help you, and get a rope or lunge line. Take a front foot and put the rope around it (opposite side from where you are working...) Lift the front foot up, and have the helper hold the rope with the front foot up. Do not let the foot down. This will, or at least should prevent the horse from kicking. If he does kick he has to balance on only 2 feet!

Thought I would pass it on.
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post #20 of 41 Old 05-27-2007, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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lol ok i'll try that :)
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