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post #51 of 58 Old 11-20-2011, 08:24 PM
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What do you do with miniatures, have them step up on a block? Now that is a Kodak moment.
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post #52 of 58 Old 11-20-2011, 08:29 PM
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post #53 of 58 Old 11-21-2011, 08:02 AM
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I get a kick out of reading peoples reactions to threads like these. "Eww! You touch them where?" LOL

My wife tickles her boy where his belly button is and he drops out. Our other boy, when I reach in to clean, he drops out. He might enjoy it too much.

The first time my wife's horse was cleaned, we had the vet do it. After we acquired two more boys and seeing what the vet charges, we decided to do it on our own. You just need to get them used to being touched there and then they won't kick out. Start with a cue stick and touch/rub them in that area. At first they may lift a leg or kick out. Just hold the stick there until they stand still and relax. Then take the stick away and rub their neck to reward them.

Someone asked how to clean mares. Definitely much easier but they may kick out too. Do the same as the boys with the stick to desensitize. Then reach up between the udders/teats and remove the smegma.

Warm water works but I usually just try to work it loose and remove it. Sometimes our horses turn and look at us like "What are you doing? Oh, that again." I try to check them once a month and remove what I can.

Someone mentioned if he doesn't pee straight or sprays, he might have a bean. If your horse, boy or girl, is rubbing their butt to itch it, they may need cleaning. Geldings can have their sheath get infected or swell up if left too long between cleanings.
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Originally Posted by bubba13 View Post
Generally you just lightly sedate them, rather than knock them out, to clean the sheath.

Helps to both relax them and get them to drop the penis.

Whats wrong with the first horses eyes!?

E v e r y horse is good for something. You dont throw a whole life away just cause he's banged up a little...
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He doesn't have one and he looks like he's about to fall over!
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I ask my gelding to bow a few times and he just drops nice and easy. Then I clean everything... if he happens to suck it in again I ask him to bow again and he drops like clockwork lol

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post #57 of 58 Old 11-27-2011, 10:36 PM
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Ummmmm, I had a gelding that would always drop during a hoof trim. I'm guessing he always had his sheath checked during this time???? So one day when it seemed he was having trouble peeing, I called the vet for an early visit before clinic hours, as I was advised on a forum it was a serious problem.

I had never cleaned or had a sheath cleaned as I had only had mares. But I got a soft leather glove and started picking up his hinds, cleaning his hooves.
When he dropped, I stroked him on the inside of his hocks and slowly worked my way to the end of his sheath. He was LUUUUUVVVVING it! (ick!)

At that moment, the vet stepped in the barn and commented on what a good job I had done, as he grabbed ole Tex's sheath. THE LOOK on that gelding's face was priceless as the vet wouldn't let him retract and proceeded to dig 3 large beans out very quickly. I'll never forget that morn!
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I have a black and white gelding and he is very easy to check and clean. All you need is a shake of grain in a bucket and he drops on a dime......I think he had been checked or cleaned at the time of feeding so maybe that's why he reacts like he does when eating......
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