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  • Gelding horse bean
  • Gelding drop physiology

View Poll Results: What needs to be done for a gelding's sheath
Clean everything - sheath, penis and bean 35 81.40%
Clean only the sheath, remove the bean 3 6.98%
Clean only the penis shaft, remove the bean 1 2.33%
Ignore it all, nature keeps it as it should be. 4 9.30%
Voters: 43. You may not vote on this poll

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    09-12-2013, 07:36 PM
Sheath cleaning (yea, I have to go there).

Yankee is a smegma factory - seriously, I didn't know geldings could create that much of a mess. He can start having smegma on his thighs two weeks after a cleaning. The grey ick is usually visible at the entrance to his Man Parts.

This is more along the lines of a poll - Most of my horsey life, the mantra has been to clean the sheath AND the penis. Sometimes it's been "clean the sheath, the penis is not necessary, except to remove the bean".

My current vet is adamant that cleaning the sheath isn't necessary At All, and it's all about cleaning the shaft, and of course clearing out the bean.

I've found that cleaning the sheath helps reduce Yankee's itchyness, and my vet seems unhappy that I disagree with him (he's an old country vet, I do like him a lot and he's a great vet).

So, what's the consensus. What do you, and your vet, think is the proper way to keep a gelding's genitals healthy?
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    09-12-2013, 07:45 PM
Good post!!! I just got a gelding and am interested in what everyone has to say!! Quick question though, I am used to cleaning stallions which is easy, how on earth do you clean a gelding and get him to accept it? Especially since his penis only comes halfway out!
    09-12-2013, 07:46 PM
Green Broke
Clean everything as often as needed. Some geldings might be able to go two weeks, a month, 6 months or a year without cleaning. Either way, I'd clean it all.
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    09-12-2013, 07:50 PM
To answer your question...

Lacelynn, it comes out all the way :) Gelding doesn't change the physiology, just removes the ability to breed, and usually the desire.

Heck, many geldings still get... ahem... excited. Like mine.

I haven't cleaned a stallion since the early 80s, but the process is the same. Stallions likely just enjoy it more :)
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    09-12-2013, 07:51 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Lacelynn    
Good post!!! I just got a gelding and am interested in what everyone has to say!! Quick question though, I am used to cleaning stallions which is easy, how on earth do you clean a gelding and get him to accept it? Especially since his penis only comes halfway out!
I'm sure not every stallion likes an arm shoved up their sheath either. I've seen geldings totally drop out to the floor and almost fall over they liked it so much. Meanwhile I've worked with some who would rather kick your head off then have you even touch the opening. A geldings anatomy still works, they can drop all the way out and even get erections, they just cannot impregnate a mare.
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    09-12-2013, 09:15 PM
I've never really discussed it with my vet so I have no idea what he'd say. I always clean everything but I guess if you're in a time crunch or something, the bean is the absolute most important factor.

However, my geldings usually act like they feel a lot more comfortable after they've been thoroughly cleaned.

Thankfully, all of mine are accepting of it, even the super sensitive and non-people friendly Pokey. If he wouldn't stand for it without sedative, he just wouldn't get done because he can be downright dangerous if you try to sedate him.
    09-12-2013, 11:40 PM
I keep the beans cleaned out but don't worry too much about the rest of it.
    09-13-2013, 09:17 AM
Any ideas as to how to get them relaxed? My gelding retracts into a point of no return, I can clean his sheath and when he isn't paying attention to me gently grab his thing and check/remove a bean but once I let go, that's it. I can't seem to find it up in there......
    09-13-2013, 09:46 AM
I cover my hand in baby oil and dive on in. It doesn't matter if the have it hanging or not, I can still give them a thorough clean - sheath, penis and remove the bean.
    09-13-2013, 09:54 AM
Green Broke
Henny gets dirty fairly quickly as well, though I only clean him about once a month. I've yet to check for a bean, but I thoroughly clean the sheath and his weenie. I know it gets itchy with all the build up in his sheath cause he'll sit there and "mutually groom" the wall or my pony.

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