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post #1 of 17 Old 08-29-2013, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Question Sheath cleaning? So confused : /

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yesterday I posted about my older MFT gelding that has started to buck a little(baby bucks)- He first did a baby buck when I was on him bareback and asked him to walk... Then a week or two later, he decides he wants to give 2 more baby bucks when I first get on and ask him to walk... I take him in a sharp circle and then keep going. We ride for over 2 miles and he seems fine... Then my lil bro gets on him and rides him for a while, at the walk and trot. All is good.
Then my lil bro asks for a lope and he starts to buck.

weird. He has never done that before.

One HF member suggested that it may be because he needs his sheath cleaned..... is that true? I've never ever ever heard of any one in this area doing that. So ackward

When he is trotting, I hear this weird noise.... Kind of like when a person is running and they have water sloshing around in their stomach.
does that have anything to do with his s. needing cleaning?

I've had him for almost 1 year, if that helps.

Does a vet do it? I've heard there may be "beans" that they take out?

I feel so blonde.

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post #2 of 17 Old 08-29-2013, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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should also say that I saw him Urinating a LOT a few days back.... Like 6 diff. times in one day....
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post #3 of 17 Old 08-29-2013, 09:55 PM
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The bucking would not be from needing a sheath cleaning. However, he could have a blockage (a bean) and protesting. If you already attempted to clean his sheath and used a form of soap, his urethra may be irritated.

The noise you hear at the trot has nothing to do with sheath cleaning...wives tale.
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post #4 of 17 Old 08-29-2013, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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I have never attempted to clean his sheath.

If he is 15 years old and never had his sheath cleaned(that I know of) it may be a bean.... which could cause him to buck, if it hurts...right?

I may have to call and talk to my vet tomorrow
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Yepp Sheath cleaning is needing for geldings, and like what was stated before, that is what that noise is. I am not sure if that is why he is bucking.

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post #6 of 17 Old 08-29-2013, 10:16 PM
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The noise is just air getting trapped in the sheath.

Your vet can show you how to clean his sheath if you don't have anyone to show you and you don't want to try it on your own.
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I had my horse for 6 years before I first cleaned his sheath.. He was VERY thankful when I did clean it. Some horses don't get bad, but others get terrible.
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Here this might help, its actually quite funny too Mr. Hand
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I have never attempted to clean his sheath.

If he is 15 years old and never had his sheath cleaned(that I know of) it may be a bean.... which could cause him to buck, if it hurts...right?

I may have to call and talk to my vet tomorrow
check the poor boys privates. While there are cases where a gelding goes for a long time without needed a cleaning those are the exceptions. Just like there are cases where a horse doesn't build up a bean, but more often they do. All horses should be checked. I check my girls at least once a month and during the Summer they have enough build up to need the smegma cleaned every month. They need cleaning more often than any horse I've ever had.
You might as well learn how to do it . Otherwise you'll be paying someone else to.

They're always going to be bigger and stronger so you better always be smarter. (One of my grandfather's many pearls of wisdom)
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Here this might help, its actually quite funny too Mr. Hand
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Mr Hand, that was hysterical great instruction to get the job done. Earlier this year I got a gelding that had never been cleaned. I thought it would be a great opportunity to teach my two girls 10yo and one of their friends who owns a gelding how to clean them. They giggled and yucked, and were horrified at the beans and filth I cleaned out of his private area, but it is part of owning them and has to be done.
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