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post #1 of 58 Old 11-16-2011, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Erm... maybe time to clean sheath?

So, I've owned him for almost a year now, and I am 100% positive he has never had his sheath cleaned... So, I am wondering if I should do it? Is it necessary in horse health? I have read about a billion articles on how, I just don't if I should do it?

So... this is his sheath today. (He drops a load!)
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post #2 of 58 Old 11-16-2011, 06:20 PM
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It should definitely be done. If you are not comfortable doing it then call and schedule for the vet to do so.
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scrub a dub dub! This is embarrassing but I love cleaning sheaths...they come out so clean it makes you feel accomplished! (i work in the veterinary field) sometimes horses have to be sedated and don't forget to check for a bean! light soap and water should do the trick!
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Umm..that is icky! But don't feel bad, it's not nearly as icky as our boy's part.

I don't know what he does with that thing when we aren't around, but it is ALWAYS filthy. He gets hay on it, gravel on it, mud on it.........don't ask me how because I don't know....not sure I WANT to know. Then he gets this dried flaky stuff on "it", also.

Once I SWEAR there was sand on it....but that is impossible as there's no sand within hundreds of miles of us....but it did look like sand.

SOOOO....because he's a filthy pig, we have to clean it at least once a week. We dont' do the bean check though....we leave that to the vet when she comes for the spring vaccinations.
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Umm..that is icky! But don't feel bad, it's not nearly as icky as our boy's part.

I don't know what he does with that thing when we aren't around, but it is ALWAYS filthy. He gets hay on it, gravel on it, mud on it.........don't ask me how because I don't know....not sure I WANT to know. Then he gets this dried flaky stuff on "it", also.

Once I SWEAR there was sand on it....but that is impossible as there's no sand within hundreds of miles of us....but it did look like sand.

SOOOO....because he's a filthy pig, we have to clean it at least once a week. We dont' do the bean check though....we leave that to the vet when she comes for the spring vaccinations.
LOL...

Mud? On his sheath?

So, how do you personally clean the outside if you don't get the bean?

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scrub a dub dub! This is embarrassing but I love cleaning sheaths...they come out so clean it makes you feel accomplished! (i work in the veterinary field) sometimes horses have to be sedated and don't forget to check for a bean! light soap and water should do the trick!
Lol, yes, I will scrub it tomorrow. But whenever he drops, if I try to pick off all of the dry spegma (I think that's what it is called?) he sucks it back in... how do I get him to... well, not suck it back up into its chambers?

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Just reach in after it. You realize that to get the bean you're aiming for internal structures, not the outside gunk that your pictures show, right?
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My big, draft cross gelding has the dirtiest sheath ever! Even the vet said he's never seen a horse produce so much gunk..... he gets it on the insides of his hind legs even!!! Yikes! Our POA also has a filthy sheath. When he had surgery for cancer in his sheath area this summer, they scrubbed him pink but when we came back for another treatment 3 wks later, he was disgusting again...... ugghhhhhhh. I'm always sure a non-horsey neighbor will drive by when I have my hand shoved up there!

I do put on a glove and rub KY jelly up there the day before and that softens things up and makes your job much easier! What would the neighbor think of that!!

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I have my horses' teeth floated & sheath cleaned (because they're sedated anyways) yearly. This past spring, vet said the boys didn't really need their teeth done due to the power float last spring so he left & said he wouldn't bother charging me for a farm visit unless I wanted their sheathes done, nah, you can go I said. So I did it, no big deal, just gotta catch them after you worked them hard, they don't seem to mind as much. By the way, you're posting the wrong picture of what you're supposed to clean, you stick a gloved finger inside & get the bean out.
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Just reach in after it. You realize that to get the bean you're aiming for internal structures, not the outside gunk that your pictures show, right?
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I have my horses' teeth floated & sheath cleaned (because they're sedated anyways) yearly. This past spring, vet said the boys didn't really need their teeth done due to the power float last spring so he left & said he wouldn't bother charging me for a farm visit unless I wanted their sheathes done, nah, you can go I said. So I did it, no big deal, just gotta catch them after you worked them hard, they don't seem to mind as much. By the way, you're posting the wrong picture of what you're supposed to clean, you stick a gloved finger inside & get the bean out.
I know the bean is shoved up "in" them, but I though I might as well clean the outside if I already have to reach my hand up their.

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