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post #1 of 39 Old 09-17-2013, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Sheath cleaning?

Its been a long time since I've had a gelding and I noticed that he really needs his sheath cleaned. I understand about cleaning his sheath and the bean. BUT do I have to clean his penis if its got dried crusties on it? Or will that naturally come off once his sheath is clean?
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post #2 of 39 Old 09-17-2013, 03:22 PM
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I clean all of it - the sheath, the penis, taking out the bean (if necessary). My boy tends to be very yucky and has to be cleaned often, and I find that cleaning the penis prolongs the period I don't have to worry about him having to be cleaned.
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post #3 of 39 Old 09-17-2013, 03:28 PM
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Since you are already in there, clean the whole shootin' match.
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Clean everything if you can.
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post #5 of 39 Old 09-17-2013, 03:31 PM
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There is another recent thread about this. You should read this, too.

Why And How Do I Clean My Horse’s Sheath? - AAEP
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I've read the link - so basically one shouldn't worry about cleaning the geldings' private parts? I've always heard that you should...
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I've read the link - so basically one shouldn't worry about cleaning the geldings' private parts? I've always heard that you should...
For some reason a lot of folks feel very strongly about this, so I recommend people print the article and discuss it with their vet.
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I can only say from what I've seen in my own horses. Most of mine appear more comfortable after they have been cleaned, especially if they have a fairly large bean.

Sure, there are many geldings in the world who have never had their sheaths cleaned and get along fine, but I like to make mine as comfortable as possible and that includes clean sheaths.

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I agree with smorbs and believe it should be evaluated individually. My gelding used to be very uncomfortable about being touched in his private parts and used to drip urine (that was all before I bought him), but it all disappeared completely after he was lightly sedated and a huuuge bean was taken out by a vet. Since then, he doesn't object me touching him down there at all and I have observed that he, indeed, seems more comfortable when I have done the regular cleaning.

I don't use any sponges or special cleaning lotions, though, just clean, warm water, if really needed. Wouldn't want to disrupt the ph balance in such a sensitive place.
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^^When I finally got around to cleaning Pokey (he's 9 and had never had it done), he was very squirmy about it and threatened to kick a couple of times. While I honestly expected a lot worse behavior out of him due to his temperament, he calmed right down after I removed a bean about the size of a shooter marble and didn't mind at all while I finished the job.
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