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post #21 of 29 Old 07-26-2008, 07:38 AM
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I have had my gelding for a year. I wanted to be able to clean him myself. My vet said rub the inside of his legs until he lets his hip down. Do the same on both sides. Do that a few times a day- he will look forward to it, as it is spots they can't reach. If you are comfortable about him not kicking, move to that area. Rub him slightly. Watch his ears and head also- to look for uncomfortable. If he doesn't look too comfortable move back out to the inner legs. Keep that up until you can comfortably touch him. I was amazed at how fast Danny responded to letting himself down to be touched and wiped off. The first time, he picked up his leg as if to say, " hey that is my sensitive spot". I moved back out of that area to the inner leg until he relaxed then moved back. It actually took only a week to have him so comfortable that I can get him to let himself out by just rubbing his inner leg now. I wipe it, I can even hose him. The vet is impressed. We are very comfortable, as he loves his mom.
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post #22 of 29 Old 07-26-2008, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tips! We've been working on it... :)

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post #23 of 29 Old 07-26-2008, 05:40 PM
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My POA and my draft cross colt have the filthiest sheaths ever! Seriously, they get gunk on the insides of their hind legs..... So, we do sheath cleaning fairly regularly, plus my POA developed a squamous cell carcinoma about the size of a thumb on his penis and I want to make sure that's not coming back after an expensive surgery to remove it! Our paint gelding is actually not bad at all so only requires a touch up before a Pony Club rally where they check for cleanliness!! My vet recommended Excalibur. I also slosh some baby oil up in there to soften things the day before I plan on cleaning.

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post #24 of 29 Old 07-28-2008, 03:16 PM
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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...?
You would be concerned that a little soap is gonna bother him but Bethadine won't?

Betadine has iodine in it which burns, and will burn him. I would not use Betadine unless he has some sort of infection and it is recommended by the vet. A little gentle soap is not gonna hurt him. The vet that did Rum's teeth recommended liguid ivory soap
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post #25 of 29 Old 07-31-2008, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, thanks for the tip. Betadine has never burned me, so I didn't think it would burn him. Guess I was wrong Thanks!

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post #26 of 29 Old 08-02-2008, 11:20 PM
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The vet I worked for cleaned sheaths with warm water and chlorahexadine solution (the blue stuff). The chlorahexadine is less drying than water so the tissue didn't get irritated. We always sedated them first and usually did sheath cleanings along with anohter procedure such as teeth floating.

My newly rescued gelding, on the other hand, has a horribly dirty sheath. My barn manager told me she starts cleaning her boys when they are foals so they are used to it when they are older. I told her I have a 1250 pound kicking giant and really am not ready to have my head kicked in. Plus I told her I was having the vet out to float teeth next week and I'd have it done then. Well, the next day I noticed his penis looking all clean and shiny. She had cleaned it after I told her to leave it alone. She only did one side, though, so I still have to have the vet come out and do the rest of it.

Maybe some people just like cleaning sheaths more than others...makes ya wonder.
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post #27 of 29 Old 08-03-2008, 12:22 AM
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I'm beginning to wish I had a mare!
Just kidding!

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post #28 of 29 Old 08-03-2008, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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Today my friend helped me clean Willy out. I fed him carrots and she delved in and used Excalibur...he was really good, and now that she's showed me how to go about it, I feel confident next time I can do it myself....Good boy Willy!

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post #29 of 29 Old 08-10-2008, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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So, since my friend cleaned the inside, I thought I'd work on his actual schlong. He wouldn't drop for her, so I was a bit nervous to try myself. But, Willy was awesome. I gave him a bunch of hay, globbed a big glob of Excalibur on my hand and almost on cue, Willy dropped. I sludged it up and got all the crap off. He's squeaky clean. Weird, but it was a milestone for us. Yay!

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