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    01-27-2011, 06:08 PM
  #1
Weanling
Jan issue of Practical Horsemen the Q&A qustion reguarding sheath Cleaning?

Anyone read Practical Horseman in particual the Q&A section where someone asked what's the purpose of Sheath cleaning and how to do it? I read it and the vet that wrote the article pretty much said not to do it and that horses have been living in the wild without having it done. It was in January's 2011 issue, just FYI.
Just wanted to know if anyone saw that and what their opinion on it was. It pretty much made me go huh? Because of what I've been thought.
If this is in the wrong section, I apologize
     
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    01-27-2011, 06:23 PM
  #2
Trained
Subscribing-curious since I have one who went YEARS without and was just fine. Not my choice, really, but since I treasure my life......

Even had the vet try a couple times with sedation.....two seperate ones-both told me to call if my guy couldn't pee and it would have to be done, but short of that-nope. And that was the only thing you could not do.
     
    01-27-2011, 06:29 PM
  #3
Yearling
Hmm. Interesting. My understanding was that only geldings need to be cleaned and that stallions "self cleaned". Also, since there are no geldings in the wild, it was never a problem.

My grandpa is an old fashioned "cowboy" and he says horses don't need their feet done and that it's just a waist of money. His argument was always "They didn't get their feet trimmed in the wild and they were just fine." Well, I was reading and I came across a study saying that basically the majority of wild horses have unsoundness issues due to their hooves. My argument before that was usually "I think since we technically 'force' them to carry us around and obey to our every wish, the least we could do is make them as comfortable as possible while doing it."
     
    01-27-2011, 07:01 PM
  #4
Trained
Very true point about the stallions and lack of geldings in the wild.

Also, some geldings are 'dirtier' than others. Mine has to be cleaned quite often while I have had horses that were usually more or less fine on their own.

If you clean them once a year it won't hurt them in any way so I do it that much at least. If you have a horse who doesn't want you down there though, just have the vet do it when he administers shots or I've had my dentist do it since he was already under.
     
    01-27-2011, 07:18 PM
  #5
Trained
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Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove    
Very true point about the stallions and lack of geldings in the wild.

Also, some geldings are 'dirtier' than others. Mine has to be cleaned quite often while I have had horses that were usually more or less fine on their own.

If you clean them once a year it won't hurt them in any way so I do it that much at least. If you have a horse who doesn't want you down there though, just have the vet do it when he administers shots or I've had my dentist do it since he was already under.


Ideally, yeah. It does work pretty often. However, for some reason, mine was a super "private" kinda guy...and he could be falling over from sedation, and still kick you.
Interestingly, in his later years, he has learned that me being "down there" is not all bad, since I put SWAT between his legs for the gnats in the spring. Now I can clean his sheath just fine.
     
    01-27-2011, 07:26 PM
  #6
Green Broke
I guess in my mind I always thought that the wild horses at some point during the year would cross water deep enough that their "happy spot" would be washed by the water. This went for the mares too.

As far as the hooves go, the amount of travel with the wild horses would self trim their hooves.

Since we have forced our horses to live in a relatively small area compared to what they would if out in the wild, we need to look after certain needs. Trimming is one as well as a yearly cleaning of their sheaths and udders.

I don't get to fanatical about the sheath cleaning, and do it once a year. Fortunately my gelding is quite clean so it's pretty minimal. My mare gets her udders (more specifically the crease between them) cleaned more often just for comfort. They tend to collect a bit of dirt there.
     
    01-27-2011, 08:23 PM
  #7
Trained
I saw it and don't know what to think. FWIW, there seems to be a reasonable answer here:

Question of the Week: Sheath Cleaning - HorseChannel.com
     
    01-28-2011, 12:49 AM
  #8
Foal
I have a show horse who gets baths quite often. I always wash his sheath out and if I can get to it, his penis. There's nothing more discusting than having your horse drop at a show and be filthy dirty.
     

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