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post #1 of 12 Old 02-14-2009, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Sheath Cleaning and Naked Heels/Fetlock

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Issue #1-Blaze dropped in front of me after his ride, and his sheath looks suspectly gross to me. He's my first gelding, so I don't know how dirty sheaths can look, and if his crustiness warrants immediate cleaning. If it DOES need to immediately be cleaned, does someone want to weight in on how to do that in the middle of winter in Michigan? His owner said she cleans it once a year in the spring.


Issue #2: Blaze was having some issues with getting raw/red heels from the snow irritation. I started putting Vaseline on them daily, and ordered him some ballistic no-turn bell boots to turn him out in to protect his heels. Those just came in the mail today. I'm alarmed, however, because today was the first time I've properly seen him in daylight since last week, and his fetlocks and heels look similar to naked chickens! What on earth could be causing this hair loss, and how can I remedy it? I did leave him today with the bell boots on his hind feet (the feet these photos are of).











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I can't help you with the feet but I cleaned Lakota's sheath here in PA. 2 weeks ago when it was BRRRRR cold. I just used a bucket of warm water, baby soap and some KY it worked very nice. Lakota was MUCH worse then that so don't worry as for the feet I am interested on why he is so pink also?
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I can't help you with the feet but I cleaned Lakota's sheath here in PA. 2 weeks ago when it was BRRRRR cold. I just used a bucket of warm water, baby soap and some KY it worked very nice. Lakota was MUCH worse then that so don't worry as for the feet I am interested on why he is so pink also?
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Thanks for the reply! Ok, so his sheath does need immediate attention? Phooey. I'll have to ask the BO for some warm water-the barn itself doesn't have any. Thanks!

As for the pink; I know. He looks like a naked chicken. He's seemed sensitive to all the snow and ice and it may somehow be related to that.

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post #4 of 12 Old 02-14-2009, 09:23 PM
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I think the sheath could probably wait till it's warmer out. My guy get's VERY dirty though, so maybe I just have a warped perception
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post #5 of 12 Old 02-14-2009, 09:26 PM
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How do you clean your horses sheath? Usually one of the girl's I ride with will do it for you if you don't know how to, but she says that this year she might start charging for her services.

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How do you clean your horses sheath? Usually one of the girl's I ride with will do it for you if you don't know how to, but she says that this year she might start charging for her services.
i've never cleaned one before-this will be a first!

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For the heels, you need to trim the fetlock hair. Keep greasing them with vaseline and some Corona is you have some to help them become less irritated and the hair grow back. I wouldnt use bell boots, I would probably let the heels/pasterns air out. It is most likely caused by the wetness, and is also known as chapped heels.

For the sheath: I have never cleaned one in such cold weather...but I don't really see why you can't. Wear gloves and rub vaseline all up in his sheath (note: it doesnt have to be dropped). You can let the Vaselinne sit to loosen the crud (smegma) or go ahead and clean the sheath. Use warm water on a rag and use some Excalibur or castile soap. Reach far up into his sheath and swirl the rag around to get out the crusties. When you think it is clean enough, use another clean wet rag and sort of rinse it out.

Hope this helps! This is the best explaining I can do... EW
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Oh and EW stands for my username, not "ewww" haha
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For the heels, you need to trim the fetlock hair. Keep greasing them with vaseline and some Corona is you have some to help them become less irritated and the hair grow back. I wouldnt use bell boots, I would probably let the heels/pasterns air out. It is most likely caused by the wetness, and is also known as chapped heels.

For the sheath: I have never cleaned one in such cold weather...but I don't really see why you can't. Wear gloves and rub vaseline all up in his sheath (note: it doesnt have to be dropped). You can let the Vaselinne sit to loosen the crud (smegma) or go ahead and clean the sheath. Use warm water on a rag and use some Excalibur or castile soap. Reach far up into his sheath and swirl the rag around to get out the crusties. When you think it is clean enough, use another clean wet rag and sort of rinse it out.

Hope this helps! This is the best explaining I can do... EW
Ha, thanks EW! I'll take the boots off tomorrow. What, though, is Corona? I'm not pouring Mexican beer on my gelding's feet

Thanks for the sheath cleaning advice! Good to know it doesn't need to be dropped, tho he's been dropping around me a lot more lately.

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haha. I wondered if you would ask about the Corona. No it is not the beverage lol. It is a thick, white paste that comes in a yellow tube with a red cap. It is amazing on cuts, chapped skin, and areas that have no hair. It is almost like Neosporin, only it mainly helps the hair to grow back as well as protect the area from flies, the cold, water, etc.

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