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        09-17-2007, 11:25 AM
      #31
    Foal
    Joseylovesrain123

    Tell me more about the non-sedated tooth floating? Never heard of it.
         
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        09-17-2007, 07:59 PM
      #32
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Donanuge
    joseylovesrain123

    Tell me more about the non-sedated tooth floating? Never heard of it.
    ok, well I personaly have not seen it been done yet because we are trying to get him to come out to the barn for my horse, but he has been full of bussiness I guess.

    I have been told that what he does if he sticks his hand into the horses mouth, and I guess when he gets to where the back teeth are he turns his hand at a verticle angle *i'm gussing that this is what keeps the mouth open*.
    My horse might need to get his wolf teeth pulled, so the barn owner told me that what he is going to do is this:
    He'll do the verticle hand thing, and then take the tooth pulling tool, and just pull out the wolf teeth.
    That's it!

    I have to see it *and I want to keep thoes teeth!*

    I'll see if I can video it or take pictures for yall!!!
         
        10-21-2007, 09:10 PM
      #33
    Yearling
    Its really hard to explain how to do it and its an odd subject for most people. Depending on your climate and whether the horse lays/rolls alot depends on how often it needs to be done. Once you do it the first time it becomes alot easier. Just get you some sheath cleaner and long laytex or plastic gloves. Make sure your glove and had are complete covered in it that way it makes it easier to get out. You want to start on the outside and work your hand in bit by bit. If they arent used to it then they will "hide it" which basically means they keep pulling it further and further back. Make sure you keep plent of sheath cleaner on your hand that way your are knocking some of it loose as you go. Eventually he wont be able to hide it anymore and you can keep working the sheath cleaner around inside till he eases up and lets it come on out. Some you will get lucky and he will let you spray him off and others wont. You might have to go a good ways up into him because he will hide and STAY OUT OF THE KICK ZONE. May horses will kick for this matter. Do it easy and gentle and he will warm up to eventually and let you clean him. I hope that made sense. LoL
         
        10-22-2007, 04:13 PM
      #34
    Foal
    Vets will do it for about $60.....it should be done annually. Trust me, if you can afford it, get a vet to do it....I personally would rather not do it myself. Vets usually charge $30 for the cleaniong, and another $30 for a tranq if your horse needs it. Another reason why not to do it oyurself....vets can tranq your horse, you can't. It helps.
         
        10-23-2007, 09:59 AM
      #35
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Frog
    I think I'll stick to the easy way out and own mares!!
    Yep! I am with you there!!
    I have a mare and just bought another horse....a mare.
    My friends asked me why I get "PMS Horses" instead of geldings... my answer "much easier to clean" hee hee
         
        10-29-2007, 12:36 AM
      #36
    Foal
    There's nothing wrong with cleaning your horse's sheath. In fact, if you don't, you could be causing him pain and discomfort. I'd rather be looked upon as 'gross' rather than my horse having painful beans or a backed up tube. I use warm water, gloves, and baby shampoo. It gets all the stuff out and is gentle. Make sure to rinse well though. And don't be afraid, it's for their own good, even if people look at me like i'm crazy.
         
        10-29-2007, 09:17 PM
      #37
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Manda<3Wes
    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.
    just use hobbles on his back legs. Then he can't kick you.
         
        10-30-2007, 07:51 AM
      #38
    Showing
    Mares can be just as bad, I clean between all my girls' teets every few weeks. It gets smegma build up too. Most of the time they really like it but once in awhile they get a little annoyed.
    On the sedative free teeth floating I had a fellow do it once by grabbing hold of the tongue and holding it out of the mouth while he floated the teeth, the horse didn't move.
         
        11-30-2007, 08:32 PM
      #39
    Weanling
    Help him out!

    I just recently purchased our 3rd gelding. He was very well taken care of but when we went to clean his sheath and get all of the beans out, we realized there was a problem. He had a bean lodge that was the size of a half dollar!!! It was HUGE!! COuldn't even imagine how he was urinating! When we FINALLY got it out, he urinating 3 times in 30 minutes!! I felt so bad for him. He's probably been suffering for years! I have never seen such a huge bean in my life. If he was cleaned frequently, this wouldn't have happened. If you don't keep them clean, problems can occur!
         
        12-01-2007, 05:40 PM
      #40
    Foal
    When I was younger & went to a horse camp a lady had to show us how 2 clean them on her b day so I just thought it was kinda funny, but ya just think of it as just another cleaning ritural for the horse not as cleaning horses er...*thing*
         

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