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    05-28-2007, 02:24 AM
Some geldings never need to be cleaned, I havent had to clean my trainers Arabian yet, even though he looks icky, he is fine, just not sparkly clean. To get his penis out, either groom him really well, massage, etc., or press his belly button, right in front of the sheath, and move your hand quick.

As for mares, they do need to be cleaned, not often, but like when my mare gets diarrhea I will put the hose on low, kinda near drip, and place it at the side of the top of her tail and let it roll down and clean that area. You can also get wipes to clean those areas, no clue who makes them though.
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    06-09-2007, 11:26 AM
for all of you mare owners, I juyt want you to know that you have to clean the mares for the same reason. I'm not sure what it was that you're supose to clean but it starts with an "s".
    06-11-2007, 10:31 PM
sheath cleaning

If you havent gotten enough answers yet...

It is recommended that you clean your horses sheath once a month which a sheath cleaner liek Excaliber or gentle soap. Veterinatians aften offer this service. Most epoepl do not clean their horses sheaths that often, but it is very easy to just wipe with a baby wipe. If too much smagma collects the horse can actually have a hard time urinating.
    06-13-2007, 10:09 PM
Well if your gelding ever makes funny squeaking noises when he walks or trots then he needs it cleaned. Lol that's all I know
    09-14-2007, 12:45 PM
Yes, the vet will do it, best time is when they are sedated, take advantage when you are having their teeth floated, and ask vet to clean him. I have three geldings, I just recently started cleaning my own.

After months of practicing getting close, everytime I groom, I run my hand around him in that area. I first started putting my hand in the "pocket" and just cleaning the wall of the pocket. I use medical gloves as to not scratch them, plus the smell will stay with you awhile. Use aloe vera gel (the stuff you use for sunburn relief), put it on your hand rub in the pocket, let sit a few minutes, this will loosen the gunk, then just scrap it out, it also gives them confront and coolness. After months of that, I finally got them to allow me to pull them out, then you run your finger around the tip, in the canal, and that is where the "beans" are. Beans are little balls of dirt and smegma. They can cause irritation and infection, if left in too long.

One of my horses, will drop if I rub him on the base of his tail. It is a bonding experience for sure, but after awhile they will trust you, and that is a big accomplishment. Also, while bathing, I rub the sponge in the pocket, and rinse with the hose.

I usually do this a few times a year.

Good luck. It's just a matter of earning their trust.
    09-14-2007, 05:40 PM
My boy definitely doesn't like me grabbing his sheath, so this was a good topic to post about! I never really learned how to clean it or to get it out. I've sprayed him with the hose, but never cleaned it. I know when I've tried he has picked his foot up and tried to kick me, and he has never kicked me! He just doesn't like me messing with it. It does get kind of nasty though, so I'll have to get him to trust me.
    09-14-2007, 07:23 PM
Perfect time to do it is when you get their teeth floated. They have to be sedated for that and they let down. Makes it real easy!!
    09-14-2007, 08:38 PM
I'm a thirteen year-old year old girl and I clean my horse's sheath. It's not a big deal but you NEED to clean his sheath....sometimes,ERR....these things called beans can keep them from urinating and that's BAD. If you're worried about getting kicked.....just wait till the vet comes or the horsey dentist comes out and after they're sedated whip out the sheath cleaner! Ask your vet how to properly clean their sheath. If you don't want could pay your vet to do it, though in my opinion that's really not necassary.....I mean....I'm thirteen and I do it...... 8)
    09-14-2007, 08:39 PM
Lol, we don't sedate our horses to get their teeth floated. The "dentist" has a cool, and painless, way to float without sedating. And the horses love him, it's amazing to watch!
    09-14-2007, 08:42 PM
That's one gifted guy! Lol

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