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  • stallions to drop down for sheath cleaning?
  • Equine retracts penis while being groomed

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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    09-13-2013, 12:29 PM
Originally Posted by goneriding    
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......
My gelding always drops when I put his blanket on, so I usually take it off, do some grooming and get everything ready and put his blanket back on (or sheet, fly sheet, cooler, etc) and BAM!! His boy parts become easily accessible.

It's kind of trial and error, some geldings will drop when you groom them, some when you itch a certain spot, some never drop without sedation, it just depends.

I clean the entire thing only as often as needed, doing it too often can cause irritation.
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    09-13-2013, 12:38 PM
I clean everything when I can.
The other day I could only clean Red's sheath because he just wasn't a happy camper and would NOT drop. I groomed him for 20 minutes or so and the second I started to move my hand back there he was not having it. He does seem a lot more comfortable after I do it.

Does anyone use rubber gloves?
I know it's gross but if I use gloves I can't always feel around that well and feel like I'm missing something :/
    09-13-2013, 12:38 PM
If it ain't broke, I don't go tryin to fix it. Never had a gelding with an issue. Our 3 are very tidy boys, thankfully.
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    09-13-2013, 12:44 PM
I clean my geldings' shealths all of the time. I always have. I don't spend long enough each time to get everything totally clean, so I've always been able to train a gelding to accept this bc I don't irritate them.
Since I don't own any stallions I don't think it's so important to get them "show clean".
    09-13-2013, 01:26 PM
I clean Mudpie's sheath periodically... he retracts his penis, but I can easily clean out his sheath pretty thoroughly, and when he's not paying attention I can get out the occasional bean. Poor guy had a pretty big one a couple of days ago! :(

To clean the actual length of the penis I have to wait until he's sedated (usually I do it after he gets his teeth floated) which isn't ideal, but it's been the only way I've been able to make it work. :)

I always do it with warm water, and only occasionally do I use mild ivory soap. The rest of the time I just gently peel out the gook with warm water.
    09-13-2013, 10:01 PM
If you're not sure that they'll allow you to rinse thoroughly down there, you'd want to use just KY jelly because it absorbs/evaporates and doesn't leave a goopy mess that will cause buildup. Of course, don't use soap if you can't rinse them out.

They don't have to drop to get them thoroughly clean, you just have to be willing to go elbow deep....literally.

ETA: xlioness, I don't use gloves for the same reason. I can't feel around to make sure I've got everything. But, I keep a super-size bottle of Dawn in the barn to wash whatever needs washed LOL.
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    09-14-2013, 09:58 AM
My vet is still adamant that cleaning the sheath is useless. Clean only the penis, and the bean, and only with warm water. I'm still not sure I agree with him.

He said Yankee's penis was filthy (yes, I know! That's a week after the last cleaning - he wasn't perfectly clean but wasn't horrible then!) and that he only had two small beans (I was able to remove two small ones last week). He did find what might be an injury (or something worse (!) he's not sure yet) on the shaft which might be causing the swelling I saw. He thinks it might be a bruise caused by the syringe I use to get warm water deep in.

I've been using the syringe for a while, with great results. However, if I caused an injury with it - never going to use it again.

Yankee's perfect in pretty much every way. Just wish he wasn't such a smegma factory!
    09-14-2013, 11:09 AM
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!
LOL some of them love it.....some a little too much.
    09-14-2013, 10:38 PM
My guy gets dirty quickly too. While I'm not about to go up there every week, he does get itchy in that area if it's not clean, so I use a baby wipe in that area to keep things on the outside clean. He seems to drop often enough for me to pick off the bigger flakes a little at a time and keep on top of it.
    09-14-2013, 11:39 PM
First I'm going on the premise that you're asking about geldings and not stallions. Our stallions never needed cleaning (their activities with the mares took care of it )

Shaft and been when needed has always worked great with no problems and a happy gelding. Quick and easy to just flake it off the penis. Bean took longer to develop so it was less frequent.

However, since all I have is mares now (and what I've usually had most of the time) it's even easier since I just need to flake it off from between the teets as needed.

The real fun is look you get when you get to tell some female that she needs to learn to clean the smegma when it builds up on her gelding. Which is nothing to the look when you explain and show them how it's done (and then tell them they need to finish the job ). Of course you save the bean cleaning for last since it tends to provide the best reaction ). Of course there are some fun stories that have taken place, but that's beyond the scope of this thread

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