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        10-14-2010, 01:42 PM
    Some how I ended up with 4 out of 5 horses in my barn as geldings. Ugh. And of course someone always comes to visit when im cleaning....and they are always non horse people. I have only used excaliber, and am not overly impressed with it, but my tack stores don't carry anything else....
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        10-14-2010, 02:27 PM
    To keep it from getting dirty? Hmmmmmmm.... Horse sized condom?
        11-23-2010, 11:50 PM
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    Originally Posted by starlinestables    
    To keep it from getting dirty? Hmmmmmmm.... Horse sized condom?

    Hahaha that actually made me laugh at loud
        11-24-2010, 12:07 AM
    Any advice on cleaning my rescue geldings sheath? He's funny about anyone going anywhere behind his flank, he's finally starting to trust me, but he hates water, and I wouldn't put it past him to kick
        11-24-2010, 12:47 AM
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    Originally Posted by Rachel1786    
    any advice on cleaning my rescue geldings sheath? He's funny about anyone going anywhere behind his flank, he's finally starting to trust me, but he hates water, and I wouldn't put it past him to kick
    It took probably 4 years before I could really clean my Mustang gelding's sheath easily. And I still can't use a water hose, but he finally tolerates a wet sock and a bucket of warm water.

    I would just start by grooming him with a brush in the normal areas, and then get progressively closer to the areas he is funny about. If he likes being brushed, then hopefully over time with lots of nice grooming sessions, you can get him used to being brushed around the belly and sheath area where he is sensitive. Eventually you can then start rubbing your hand along the belly and over and around the sheath, and then eventually you can try touching inside.

    I sort of did the same thing with my foal. He was sensitive to his belly and sheath being touched because he had a navel infection right after he was born and it had to be doctored. So he would try to cow-kick when I touched his belly. But he loved being brushed, so I would brush his neck, back, withers, rump, all the "good" places and then gradually work my way around his navel, then back to the good areas, then back into the areas he didn't like, but all like it was a natural part of the grooming session and eventually he got over it and I can now run my hand along his navel and sheath.

    So I don't have any quicker, better advice, sorry. But by grooming in spots they like, and then "accidentially" venturing into areas they don't, they seem to get used to it over time.
        11-24-2010, 12:49 AM
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    PS. I finally bought some Excaliber sheath cleaner but haven't had a chance to try it yet because the weather got really cold. Maybe on a warm day I will take out a bucked of warm water and give it a try.
        11-24-2010, 07:31 PM
    Having my first gelding I had the vet clean his sheath and give a how to. She made a point that only using clean warm water is best and that cleaners actually cause it to get dirty quicker..
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        11-24-2010, 08:16 PM
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    I don't use any cleaners but after a couple of weeks his sheath was dirty again. I think I will get into the habit of cleaning after every ride :)
        11-24-2010, 10:23 PM
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    The problem with my guy is the goobers stick to the inside of the sheath (not the penis) and are very dry, stuck on, and apparently hurts to peel off. So I was hoping the sheath cleaner would help soften the smegma and make it easier to come off. Kind of like oven cleaner for horses, lol!

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