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  • Can't get to bean cleaning horses sheath

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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    09-14-2013, 10:45 PM
  #21
Green Broke
You forgot the option of

Call Vet
Hold horse while he is sent off to la la land
Giggle while horse is busy trying to kick the vet but can't actually get his leg off the ground without falling over
Look properly horrified as the Vet shows you the handfuls of gunk and a giant bean
Tell the horrified onlookers that unexpectedly showed up "It's ok, he's a VET"
Clean up the giant mess the Vet left and write large check
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    09-14-2013, 10:58 PM
  #22
Yearling
No, the real fun is when a women was very tentatively cleaning her gelding for the first time and the girl that's was showing her how, but letting her finish, said "you act like this is the first time you've ever handled one" . I thought we would all die laughing and then she replied she'd "never had to clean one before and (something to the effect of) it's never been this big" )
Women can be very "off color" when their around each other (it's like I'm not there when they get started with that stuff).
     
    09-15-2013, 01:59 PM
  #23
jmc
Foal
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Originally Posted by its lbs not miles    
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
Yup. I've cleaned stallions too, before breeding, but that was never an issue, the boys we were working with were, ahem, well trained.

And, I'm a female myself. I daresay most females who are into horses aren't wilting lillies, cleaning my gelding sucks but it's just part of the job. Heh. We could take a poll and see who's more uncomfortable about handling a male horse's equipment, men or women :)
     
    09-15-2013, 02:52 PM
  #24
Started
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Originally Posted by jmc    
Yup. I've cleaned stallions too, before breeding, but that was never an issue, the boys we were working with were, ahem, well trained.

And, I'm a female myself. I daresay most females who are into horses aren't wilting lillies, cleaning my gelding sucks but it's just part of the job. Heh. We could take a poll and see who's more uncomfortable about handling a male horse's equipment, men or women :)
My boyfriend is not a horse person in the slightest. He gets so skeeved out when I tell him I cleaned one of the boys. I've had horses since I was 12(still have the same gelding who was my first horse) so now at 27, cleaning the boys is just part of the job, I don't even think twice about it, so when I come home and tell him about my day, I don't think anything of it to tell him about it. The look on his face the first time I told him was priceless. Not as good as when I showed him the bean I got out of my moms gelding, I thought it was going to pass out or throw up
     
    09-15-2013, 04:03 PM
  #25
Weanling
Hello, fellow gelding owners. I had a related question and thought I'd tag it to this thread since we're already talking about the subject, but I apologize if it's poor forum etiquette and assume the mods will move/delete if it is.

Some of you have said some horses can go months or a year without needing a cleaning, but most seem to do it pretty often...how can you tell when it needs to be done?

I have never cleaned a horse's sheath area, and while I am of course willing if I need to, I'd much rather have the vet do it if it only needs to be done every few months. I've had my gelding (the first horse I've been completely responsible for) for two months, and I realize it's awfully irresponsible for me to have overlooked this, but I honestly didn't realize until this thread that it's something that needs to be done with such regularity.

So...how do you guys decide how often to do it? Do you check if it's necessary or just follow a schedule? Can you tell without really getting up in there?
     
    09-15-2013, 04:14 PM
  #26
Started
My guy Does Not Drop (other than to pee) so I have to go in after everything. I probably clean him once every 2-4 months, usually with Excalibur and warm water (and no gloves... when you're going elbow deep you'd need the full sleeve ones anyway). I have used Ivory soap as well, but haven't had access to a wash stall with warm water out of the hose in a while, so don't want to risk not being able to rinse thoroughly with politely warm water at the moment.

The first few times his eyes got a little big. Now I just let him graze while I do it and I can even let other people learn how to clean a gelding on him because he just doesn't care. Doesn't enjoy it like some I've heard of, but is no more put off by it than by picking his feet so long as you're gentle.
     
    09-15-2013, 04:16 PM
  #27
jmc
Foal
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Originally Posted by SammysMom    

So...how do you guys decide how often to do it? Do you check if it's necessary or just follow a schedule? Can you tell without really getting up in there?
I let Yankee tell me. When he gets uncomfortable, he starts rubbing his tail. Also, he starts getting smegma on his thighs and in front of his sheath.

I also look every time he drops, to see how bad the shaft is. Also, if his sheath starts swelling, it could be he's got a bean big enough to cause issues (per the vet).

I would like to hear from other gelding owners how they tell.
     
    09-15-2013, 04:28 PM
  #28
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by SammysMom    
Hello, fellow gelding owners. I had a related question and thought I'd tag it to this thread since we're already talking about the subject, but I apologize if it's poor forum etiquette and assume the mods will move/delete if it is.

Some of you have said some horses can go months or a year without needing a cleaning, but most seem to do it pretty often...how can you tell when it needs to be done?

I have never cleaned a horse's sheath area, and while I am of course willing if I need to, I'd much rather have the vet do it if it only needs to be done every few months. I've had my gelding (the first horse I've been completely responsible for) for two months, and I realize it's awfully irresponsible for me to have overlooked this, but I honestly didn't realize until this thread that it's something that needs to be done with such regularity.

So...how do you guys decide how often to do it? Do you check if it's necessary or just follow a schedule? Can you tell without really getting up in there?
You'll get a lot of advice, but along with that, read this...


http://m.aaep.org/health_articles_view.php?id=366
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    09-15-2013, 04:56 PM
  #29
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
You'll get a lot of advice, but along with that, read this...


Why And How Do I Clean My Horse’s Sheath? - AAEP
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Thank you, very helpful! I started reading those bullets and didn't notice that they were "myths" — I'm relieved I went back and looked more closely!
     
    09-15-2013, 06:37 PM
  #30
Started
When I notice he's dropped and he's kind of dirty/gross, I make a mental note to clean him the next time I give him a bath (which usually happens once a month or so).

Good Article, and lines up with good sense- that too much cleaning can cause a problem. That said, I think I'll keep cleaning my guy his few times a year. I doubt that is enough to cause any problems and makes me feel better to check and know that he doesn't have a giant bean formed. Article or No, I can't believe the big old beans they can get are comfortable, even if they aren't life threatening.
     

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