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post #11 of 17 Old 08-29-2013, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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What a,uh,detailed description :p

I think I'm going to get a hold of my vet and see what it costs... or if I can find someone in the area that has done it before...that way I can "see" how it's done and know how to do it next time :)

Thanks guys for all the posts...

BTW, would him frequently urinating have anything to do with it??????
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post #12 of 17 Old 08-29-2013, 10:17 PM
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The frequent urination could be due to a bean. If it's big enough and interfering with the urine flow, he may not be emptying his bladder all the way...thus making him need to pee more often. If it's big enough to cause discomfort, then it could be the basis of his bucking too (though I sort of doubt it, it can't hurt to rule it out).

Some horses need it done frequently and some don't. I have a couple that never have a bean. Some only develop small beans...and I've got one that I just did for the first time the other day that had a huge bean.

The Mr Hand thing is a good description on how to do it LOL.

The horse with the big one I just removed the other day instantly and visibly relaxed as soon as I had it out of there.

No real surprise though

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post #13 of 17 Old 08-29-2013, 10:41 PM
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I have been told that the noise comes from a gelding's muscles being tense in that area creating an air pocket.

I have also heard Dr. Poll say that it depends on the way the testicles are dissected when gelding them that creates this noise.

I have always made cleaning down there a part of the everyday routine, so it is not foreign when the time comes for a really good cleaning. Picking flaking off bits happens each time mine are brushed. The first times, I would be sure you are not in the 'kicking' area and just make it brief at first to see how he reacts. Some really like it, some don't.
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post #14 of 17 Old 08-30-2013, 05:31 PM
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Oldhorselady - how do you get them to, uh, let it down, enough to pick off the flaking bits? My gelding has a ton of that flaky stuff I am dying to get off of him....He is also one of those who will not allow a sheath cleaning unless he is sedated... I had a friend try cleaning his when he was fully alert and he tried to kick the crap out of the guy and anything else around him. My vet usually takes the opportunity to do it when he floats his teeth, because he's already sedated. Wish he would be better behaved for it, because I would do it more often!
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post #15 of 17 Old 08-30-2013, 09:30 PM
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Well, the biggest thing to do is find a way to make your horse relax. Spend time with him, not in a rush, just brushing him and scratching him. Get to know where he likes to be scratched etc.

My mares both LOVE to have their bellies scratched. One loves to have, what I call her 'caves' scratched....the underneath, insides of her thighs. She will pick her leg up like a dog and stretch her neck out, with her lips quivering and drooling...lol.

Little by little you can introduce touch to that area and get him used to it. As he trusts you and relaxes...he may drop on his own. Some don't. But as long as you get him out of the freaking out stage and trying to kick, you will actually be able to reach your arm up inside of the sheath and help him drop. I like to use ky jelly.....you don't have to worry if you don't get him rinsed out so there is no irritation for him. If you put a fist full up inside his sheath and let it sit for a few minutes, it will loosen up the smegma really well.
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Wow, I did not know this was a part of horse ownership. Guess you learn something new every day!
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My young gelding loves his sheath cleaned. The first time he was all like what the hell are you doing down there. But now if I see him "relaxed" out in the field or wherever I can walk up to him gently grab it and brush off the worst of the flakes and he just stands there. He loves just having it rubbed, though I'm sure people driving by are wondering what in the world I'm doing under there rubbing away, while my horse has a leg stretched out and his head in the air with his lips quivering!! Haha
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