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    06-26-2008, 01:34 PM
Thanks! When Willy was cleaned in March, a couple beans were removed. Only a couple days after the cleaning his penis developed the dry, flaky smegma gunk once again. That's mostly what I'd like to clean off at this point.

I've been touching the area around his sheath while grooming and he's been okay with that. I've also touched his penis a couple times when he's dropped. (He always drops a bit when I groom him, or even if I'm just in the stall with him!) But when I've tried to inspect his penis further, he gets pissed and kicks at me with his back leg. I just want to get that nasty dry stuff off! It looks uncomfortable, and I know I need to have it wet so it doesn't hurt when the thick flakes come off.

I think I might be looking at the same experience AK had with Dusty...
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    06-26-2008, 01:53 PM
I don't want to hijack your thread, Geewillikers, but when I was brushing Gem's tail yesterday he dropped and I noticed his penis was quite dirty, and Tom noticed a few days ago that his pee was orange. Gem does have a tendency to kick, and I'm quite nervous about being kicked.
The vet's coming out tomorrow and Gem's going to be sedated to have x-rays taken and to get his feet trimmed, should I just ask the vet to clean him, and if I should, should I supply the excalibar or would the vet have it?

After he gets clean if the vet can do it, or show me how to do it, what is the best way to go about desensitizing him if he kicks? Should I use a long stick so I stay out of the kick range, or should I stand right up against his back leg and try and touch him?
    06-26-2008, 02:25 PM
Green Broke
For what it's worth, if you don't want to use any soaps (or even if you do) - mild to mildly warm water looses the segma right off of everything...if your guy can handle the hose

I just put the pressure on pretty low and don't shoot the water directly up there, but rather use my hands to move water into the area :)
    06-26-2008, 03:20 PM
Hey Appy, when my vet did it, he used water and betadine...I didn't see him apply anything else. I didn't have to supply him with anything but my pervy commentary while he cleaned Willy up :)

This isn't to say he didn't use anything else- I just didn't notice...I am quite distractable, and I should've been paying better attention
    06-26-2008, 03:50 PM
Oh that's ok :)

I'll ask him if he wouldn't mind doing it, and I'll study him (the vet's a young cute guy so that won't be bad ) and after that i'll work with Gem so i'd be able to clean it myself.
    06-28-2008, 01:26 PM
Ok! So this weekend Willy and I got some stuff done. After a sweeeeet solo trail ride Friday morning Willy took his wormer like a champ, and he was so tolerant of me cleaning out the opening of his sheath! I am so proud of him. I haven't gotten elbow deep yet, and don't expect to for a little while, but I think we accomplished a lot with just the touch up. I got some crustiness out, and that felt good.... :)
    06-28-2008, 08:57 PM
Close trimmed finger nails (even under the gloves)....

If you wear gloves...make sure they are the smooth ones...some of the ones they sell have scratchy plastic edges on the finger tips...

Warm water...

Those are my tips.

Then just dive in hand first...sorry for the pun...eventually the horse will get used to it. And don't back off...the closer you are to the horse's barrel (hand in...facing the back of the horse...with one shoulder against the barrel) the less likely you are to get kicked. If you have a good wall to corner him against on the opposite side you are standing on...that would be good.

And for those who don't clean shame shame. The procedure is not only done for cleanliness issues but you need to be up there to check for other problems. We adopted a horse that was never cleaned because the owner thought it was "gross" and "unnecessary." He died of a cancerous tumor on his penis that was left unchecked for years.
    06-28-2008, 10:48 PM
Hotredun, you me like me?"blinks innocently" (about not cleaning) Didn't say I'm not aware of what's going on there and neglect it, just that I don't agree with soapy washing of the penis. I DO check for beans, and I look while they are dropped or erect, but I don't wash them beyond a rinsing. I would notice an unsual bump or rash.
    06-29-2008, 09:58 AM
Originally Posted by barefoothooves
Hotredun, you me like me?"blinks innocently" (about not cleaning) Didn't say I'm not aware of what's going on there and neglect it, just that I don't agree with soapy washing of the penis. I DO check for beans, and I look while they are dropped or erect, but I don't wash them beyond a rinsing. I would notice an unsual bump or rash.
I wasn't pointing you out at all!! I hate to name names...but I guess I was referring to ArabianPrincess who said her vet advised her not to clean because it never had been done before.
    06-29-2008, 12:44 PM
I don't plan to use soap...just water and maybe a little betadine. As a sufferer of UTIs, I am in no rush to get soap trapped in Willy, and cause him pain...I think warm water to loosen the smegma, and some betadine for a rinse would be sufficient...?

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