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post #1 of 10 Old 08-28-2008, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Sheath cleaning - How often?

This year in March I got my 8 year old geldings sheath cleaned. I was wondering, how frequently should this be done? He is not at all shy about having him messing about his special bits. I frequently duck under there to rinse out any dirt or grime that gets caught up in that general area. To be honest, he's more concerned about me prying his tail off his butt so that I can actually brush it decently than having hand, sponge, and hose shoved up between his legs :roll:

As for my two year old, I have never gotten his sheath cleaned and I am unsure if it has ever been done. I will be asking his previous owner about it though when I get out there on the weekend.

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-28-2008, 07:48 PM
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Some need to be cleaned more than others so it just depends on the horse. One of my guys is so messy I could probably do it once a month, yet my other guy I could probably go once a year. Some people say they don't need to be cleaned and the more you clean it the more they will need to be cleaned. Go figure. I guess if you can smell it, see it, or your horse is uncomfortable, its time to clean it!
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-28-2008, 07:57 PM
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I have always been told like every few months but with some horses that is impossible so I guess when every you have a chance to

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post #4 of 10 Old 08-28-2008, 08:58 PM
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It does depend on the horse. ;) I think every few month is good- some need cleaning more often or less often.

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post #5 of 10 Old 08-28-2008, 10:53 PM
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It really depends on the horse. I had one that I rarely did, he stayed clean, one I did once a yr, and one I do 3 or more times a yr, depends on the smell.

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post #6 of 10 Old 08-29-2008, 11:41 AM
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When I saw this topic I thought OMG I have 2 geldings and NEVER knew this was part of the grooming/health hehehe.Please tell me HOW you do this or point me to a site that will explain it.Thanks!
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Booner: That was my reaction when I was talking to a much more experienced horsewoman at my barn. I was all: WUT?! -feelshorrible-

I got his fully cleaned by the vet when he got all his shots and coggins done >.<

Heres an excellent site on do-it-yourself cleaning as well. It made me giggle the first time I read it
http://www.equusite.com/articles/hea...Cleaning.shtml

And I quote,
"11.) Figure out how to explain all this to your mother (or the kid from next door, or the meter reader, or whoever else you've just realized has been standing in the barn doorway speechlessly watching the entire process.)"

-snorts-

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post #8 of 10 Old 08-29-2008, 03:44 PM
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Funny, I just had this convo with my vet today when he came out! If you're using a deep down cleaner or something with antibiotic properties you'll only want to do it once or twice a year depending on your horse. He has a ton of good bacteria in there that you don't want to kill off! He used water and Ivory soap which you can use weekly if needed. (most horses shouldn't need it) And actually when your horse is exercised and sweats a lot of the waxy build up gets softer so you can hose it out (if your horse will let you). That's something you can do daily.


Two geldings- that is a HYSTERICAL article! My pony is very relaxed, which is great, but it means he's almost always hanging out. The more kids around, the longer he hangs... :roll:
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-29-2008, 10:40 PM
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That was very entertaining!Good read!I saved it to my favorites!LOLOLOL!!!!I think I could do this to my horse but hubbies horse might think different.Oh boy.Just thinking about this earlier today I reached under my horse and extended an index finger and "touched" that PART hahaha to see his response.Nothing Thanks for the link twogeldings.BTW
Whats coggins?
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-30-2008, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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booner: Coggins is a test that ensures your horse isn't a carrier of Equine Infectious Anemia. Theres no cure and no shots against it. I had to get mine most definitely done because I moved from North Dakota to Missouri, and a negative coggins test is required for transporting over state lines. Most shows and privately owned trail riding places require coggins as well.

I get it done on a yearly basis along with all my other shots and what-not just so I don't have to fret about it

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