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  • Over the counter sheath cleaning products
  • What is the best product and the best method to clean a horses sheath

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    03-03-2012, 08:27 AM
The best way to clean "it". :)

I am having problems cleaning my horses sheathe. He won't relax enough for it to drop or to have it cleaned. He isn't fidgety or hostile toward it. He just I guess doesn't know what's going on.

So my questions are;
1. How do you get your horse to relax enough to do the duty?
2. What is the best product and or thing to clean it with?

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    03-03-2012, 10:11 AM
Green Broke
You could just wait until he has to pee. Then just grab it so it can't go back in.

Sometimes grooming their belly gets them to drop out. My wife has found a spot that she tickles and her boy drops. Our other boy will drop by cleaning out the smegma in the outer area. You could see if you can get a sedative over the counter. When the vet sedates, that causes them to drop out.

There are products out there for sheath cleaning but usually I just use water or just clean it dry with my hand.
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    03-03-2012, 10:59 AM
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    03-03-2012, 11:10 AM
Everyone agrees I've noticed that Rick Gore has a good video of how to do it and all that on YouTube. Maybe look that up
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    03-03-2012, 01:14 PM
The Horse | Sheath Cleaning for Male Horses: How-To (video)
    03-03-2012, 01:38 PM
I've cleaned other horses before but its been awhile. Lol. And I just can't get Kelo to drop. Crazy really. I always just used water and a nice soft sponge. But I was just wondering if any of the forum has some tricks of the trade.
    03-03-2012, 01:43 PM
When I get teeth floated I have the vet clean my boys he's already here and their sedated already for teeth. That works for me then I don't have to do the messy job.
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    03-03-2012, 01:52 PM
Green Broke
My horses don't drop, so I clean them up inside. It takes a minute to get the feel of where everything is, then no problem. I can get the bean just by feel, and you can tell when they are clean by feel also.

I use ivory dishsoap diluted by half with water, papertowels, palpation gloves and warm water. To rinse I use just the papertowels and water at least three times in there. No problems.

I don't ever use ivory soap for anything else, whenever I smell ivory soap, it brings back memories.
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    03-03-2012, 02:38 PM
Green Broke
Hand/fingers and water. All there is to it here, haha. :p
I haven't cleaned one for awhile since Dude, Toby, and Pistol left since I'm only working with a mare, but that's how we always did it. Either wait until they drop, scratch the belly lightly, or just clean the outer part of the inside of the sheath until you can grab it and coax it out.
Contrary to everyone else, I think it just smells like a strong peach-y scent. No need to wear gloves, LOL.
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    03-03-2012, 04:22 PM
So I'd actually suggest cleaning it a little every time you ride at the end when you're hosing. The horse is going to be more relaxed, and for a difficult horse to clean this gets them used to you handling the area little by little. This also cuts down on the need for a "big clean". It's not exactly the best part of horse back riding :P but it makes your horse a lot more comfortable so I've never been grossed out by it. Usually I'll give it a more thorough cleaning when the vet comes to do teeth or if the horse has to be sedated for any other reason.

So there's really never a reason for the vet to have to clean it or to make it a big chore; just like anything else, if you keep it clean-ish it'll never be hard to clean when you have the opportunity.

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