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post #1 of 4 Old 05-09-2012, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Cool The lovely Sheath Cleaning

When I first got my horse he was completely comfortable with me cleaning his sheath. It seemed to relax him more then anything. Well the last few times he has been very unpleasent. Now when I go to clean his sheath he freaks out and starts to kick out with his back legs. One time it took me 3 hours to clean his sheath and it wasn't even that good! Last time I had the vet sedate Hero to clean his sheath REALLY good. This resulted in him kicking me twice. Once in the chest and another in the knee. Each time he goes to kick I disipline him with a smack.

I think back to when he was actually comfortable with me cleaning his sheath and nothing bad happen to cause him to act like this. He still urinates perfecftly and his actual penis looks fine. It doesn't look swollen or anything. And when he was sedated I did get his sheath cleaned very well and everything. And the next day I tried to just get my hand near his sheath area and he gets all aggravated.

So my question is what could be causing him to be doing this? Could it be a pain thing? If so what are some physical signs I can see that show there may be something wrong with that area?? Or is it just he doesn't like being touched there?

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post #2 of 4 Old 05-09-2012, 01:52 PM
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I would assume its pain honestly.

If he was perfectly okay with it before and it suddenly changed, that's a red flag for pain.

Is he well behaved when you do other things? Can you touch his stomach and other parts of his body fine? If it is an attitude thing, it would show up in other areas (such as training issues, catching, brushing, standing, etc). Are you having any other attitude issues with him?

I would rule out pain before I assumed behavioral. If he is in pain and it hurts to clean it, he is only going to get worse if you do discipline him.

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post #3 of 4 Old 05-09-2012, 02:46 PM
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How often are you cleaning it and what are cleaning with? Is it possible that you are over cleaning and he is getting dried out and sore because of it?
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-09-2012, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your replies :) I clean it about once every six months.

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