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    05-31-2010, 07:48 AM
Green Broke
Keeping 'down there' clean

I only recently discovered you have to clean your horses privates.
Well I am shocked, but I have been researching (googling :P) and I think my horse will be fine like he will stand, I have never actually grabbed his privates though but I can brush like really close to it.

I will have to get some latex gloves and some sort of lubricant? And a shed so no one can see me lol.

How often does it need to be done?
And what lubricant would I use?

Sorry about the awakardness . All new and kinda wish I had a mare lol
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    05-31-2010, 08:27 AM
I know people who do it every few weeks D:, but I've heard every few months is acceptable.
I just recently cleaned my guys. What you need is if you please, rubber gloves [I know a few people who don't use them however, they say it makes it easier to feel what they're doing up there] a bucket of water, not cold and not hot, and some sheath cleaner like this, very cheap and you can find it online or at a local tack store:

The sheath cleaner comes with instructions, you may want to be near a hose though also, to get the cleaner out.
    05-31-2010, 08:33 AM
Green Broke
So you do it by yourself?
Its weird I have some horse friends at school and talk to them about horses ad they never mentioned it. Lol I guess everyone is kinda embrassed by it
Thanks for the link also, but I will check out my local stockfeeds and see what they have
    05-31-2010, 08:37 AM
Not by myself per say, its always me and my mom, one of us goes up in their and cleans, and one of us stands by our horses head and tells him he's a good boy and gives him treats because he can kind of get a little agitated by it and he'll swing his leg out occasionally.
    06-01-2010, 12:06 AM
Please do be careful if you don't know how your guy is going to react. Some of the worst kicks come from sheath cleaning. Even if your guy is fine with being touched all over, even on his sheath, when it comes to cleaning, some think it is pretty rude and have no problem letting you know. On the other hand, some absolutely love it, like my pervo horse. If you search the forum for sheath cleaning, you'll find tons of threads on it.

Good luck!
    06-01-2010, 01:36 AM
So generally, most horses don't need it done very frequently at all. It is more an esthetic's thing with us people. Horses will develop a "bean" in the urethral recess which most horses will resent and often need sedation. The superficial debris is easy to clean off an most horses are "OK" with it (but be careful as this is the job most people get kicked while doing). Usually I address the "bean" issue when the horse is sedate for dental work, that way they are dropped and I have access the the end of the penis. Some horses need it once a year, others every 6 months, and some never at all, it all varies with the horse.

You can spend all the money you want on fancy sheath cleaning products but a little warm water, and a little dilute ivory soap, paper towels, and latex gloves are all you need. Ivory is very gentle on the skin and helps break down the oils and debris on the skin.
    06-01-2010, 09:33 AM
Green Broke
Ok thankyou :)
I'm sure he will be fine but I will be very cautious.
And as soon as he starts acting worried I will retreat.
I feel really bad because his penis actually looks really gross but I thought it was normal and you didnt have to clean it.
I always figured wild horses survive without no one cleaning, so why can't Buzz, turns out I was wrong
    06-01-2010, 01:04 PM
I have five geldings and I rarely clean them up. It depends alot on where you live. I worked on a ranch in the Sandhills of Nebraska and horses had to be cleaned quite often because they would develop a "bean". I check my horses a couple of times a year and I watch to make sure they are urinating without restriction but I have never had a problem likely because the ground is firm and not sandy like the sandhills.
    06-01-2010, 02:29 PM
Green Broke
I use excaliber sheath cleaner. It's specifically for cleaning sheaths and works well on mares whose teats get all nasty. Some tranqualizer might be needed if your boy protests. Consult your vet for the type and dosage. I use Ace for all of my boys, even the ones that aren't too opposed to the routine, lol.

As for how often, I clean twice a year, once when we give spring vaccinations and one in the fall.
    06-01-2010, 02:36 PM
Green Broke
A good article:
Sheath Cleaning - Cleaning Your Gelding's Sheath

Another good article:
Jessica Jahiel's HORSE-SENSE Newsletter Archives

Funny/fun article, lol:
Sheath Cleaning

Sand and the horse's living conditions don't have much to do with the cleanliness of a horse's sheath. Some horses are just "dirtier" than others. I have found that feeding Apple Cider Vinegar helps reduce oils and such, which helps keep things cleaner.

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