Gelding rubbing his butt, time to clean his sheath?
I have caught Mana scratching his rear end several times in the last few days. He is wormed regularly and i haven't found any evidence of anything which would make him particularly itchy. This leads me to think that it's time for a sheath cleaning. He dropped while i was brushing him the other day, and I noticed that his penis had a bunch of little beads of hard gunk on it. I poked at them a bit, and they fell of easily. This would be my first time cleaning a sheath, which is a bit stressful, but to compound the issue, this would be his first time being cleaned. He doesn't mind me messing around in that area, as I used to check for his testicles daily, before he was gelded. Any words of wisdom or tips for getting through this without being killed?
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subbing, as Walter needs his done too. He's been caught by the BO rubbing his bum, and he's also been recently wormed.
I wouldn't say the dirty daddy parts are thte reason for rubbing his butt, but it sounds like it's definitely a good idea if he has debris. It's most likely the time of year causing him to rub, losing his coat, etc... You could try some MTG on the area.
As far as the sheathe cleaning, boooy you're in for some fun,lol. It's VERY good he doesn't mind you messing with the area, but be prepared to get a bit of protest from him anyway. It's pretty invasive, I just thank the Lord that Jack isn't a super dirty gelding that needs it often lol. I am adding a link to "Mr Hand" it explains sheathe cleaning in a very good but funny way.
1) Check to make sure there are no prospective boyfriends, elderly neighbours, nuns or Brownie troops with a line of sight to the proceedings. They're probably going to show up unexpectedly anyway though once you're in the middle of things. Have a good explanation at the ready.
2) Trim your fingernails short. Assemble horse, hose, and your sense of humour (plus, ideally, Excalibur cleanser and perhaps thin rubber gloves).
3) Use the hose (or a damp sponge) to get the sheath and its inhabitant wet. Uh, that is, do this in a *civilised* fashion with due warning to the horse; he is apt to take offense if an icy-cold hose blasts unexpectedly into his personal regions ;-)
4) Now introduce your horse to Mr Hand. What I find safest is to stand facing the horse's head, with my shoulder and hip snugly against the horse's thigh and hip so that if he makes any suspicious move such as raising his leg, I can feel it right away and am in any case pressed so close that all he can do is shove, not really kick. The horse should be held by an assistant or by your free hand, NOT tied fast to a post or to cross ties. He may shift around a good bit if he's not happy with Mr Hand's antics, but don't be put off by that; as long as you are patient and gradual, and stick close to his side, he'll get over it. Remember that it would be most unladylike of you to simply make a direct grab for your horse's Part. Give the horse a clue about what's on the programme. Rest your hand against his belly, and then slide it back til you are entering The Home of the Actual Private Part. When you reach this first region of your destination, lube him up good with Excalibur or whatever you're using. If the outer part of his sheath is really grungy you will feel little clods and nubblies of smegma peeling off as you grope around in there. Patiently and gently expedite their removal.
5) Thus far, you have probably only been in the outer part of the sheath. The Part Itself, you'll have noticed, is strangely absent. That's because it has retired shyly to its inner chambers. Roll up them there sleeves and follow in after it ;-)
6) As you and Mr Hand wend your way deeper into the sheath, you will encounter what feels like a small portal that opens up into a chamber beyond. Being attentive to your horse's reaction, invite yourself in. You are now in the inner sanctum of The Actual Private Part. It's hiding in there towards the back, trying to pretend it isn't there. Say hi and wave to it. No, really, work your finger back and forth around the sides of it. If the horse won't drop, this is your only shot at removing whatever dried smegma is clinging to the surface of the Part itself. So, gently explore around it, pulling out whatever crusty topsoil you find there. Use more water and more Excalibur if necessary to loosen attached gunk.
7) When Mr Hand and the Actual Private Part have gotten to know each other pretty well, and the Part feels squeaky clean all around, there remains only one task: checking for, and removing, the bean. The bean is a pale, kidney-shaped accumulation of smegma in a small pouch just inside the urethra. Not all horses accumulate a bean, but IME the majority do, even if they have no visible external smegma. So ... the equine urethra is fairly large diameter, and indeed will permit you to very gently insinuate one of your slimmer fingers inside the urethral opening. Do so, and explore upwards for what will feel like a lump or "pea" buried no more than, I dunno, perhaps 3/4" in from the opening. If you do encounter a bean, gently and sympathetically persuade it out with your finger. This may require a little patience from BOTH Mr Hand AND the horse, but the horse will be happier and healthier once it's accomplished. In the rare event that the bean is too enormous for your finger to coax out, you might try what I did (in desperation) last month on the orange horse: wrap thumb and index finger around the end of the Part and squeeze firmly to extrude the bean. Much to my surprise it worked and orange horse did NOT kill me for doing it and he does not seem to have suffered any permanant damage as a result ;-> I have never in my life seen another bean that enormous, though.
8) Now all that's left to do is make a graceful exit and rinse the area very thoroughly in apology for the liberties you've taken. A hose will be MUCH easier to use here than just a sponge and bucket, IME. Make sure to direct the water into the Part's inner retreat too, not merely the outer part of the sheath. This may require you to enfold the end of the hose in your hand and guide it up there personally.
9) Ta-da, you are done! Say, "Good horsie" and feed him lots of carrots. Watch him make funny faces at the way your hands smell. Hmm. Well, perhaps there is ONE more step...
10) The only thing I know of that is at all effective in removing the lovely fragrance of smegma from your hands (fingernails arms elbows and wherever else it's gotten) is Excalibur. Even then, if you didn't use gloves you may find you've got an unusual personal perfume for a while. So, word to the wise, do NOT clean your horse's sheath just before an important job interview or first date ;-) and of course, there is that one FINAL step...
11) Figure out how to explain all this to your mother (or the kid from next door, or the meter reader, or whoever else you've just realized has been standing in the barn doorway speechlessly watching the entire process.) Now, go thou forth and clean that Part!
One of our horses delights in getting his sheath cleaned....the other is a major PITA and expert cow-kicker! If he's used to you handling the area you are one major step ahead already.
Use surgical or rubber gloves. This can be a majorly stinky job. You do NOT want to use your bare skin unless you want to be ostracized for the next few days.
Put your horse in cross ties...or a stock if you have one.
Get sheath cleaner from a tack store, tractor supply or horse supply store. It's really helps soften the smegma. Follow the directions and use it liberally.
Be sure and check carefully for beans and remove them. I'm not talking about Navy beans or black-eyed peas, but lumps of crud that build up inside the sheath.
Just as a common courtesy, I always try to use warm water. I know how I"d feel if someone sprayed my privates with ice cold water from a hose.
If you are doing this at home, try to make sure you don't have an audience.
Some of the neighbors will automatically get the wrong idea if they don't have horses.
Good luck. It's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. :-)
ETA: Jacksma posted at the same time I did. He has REALLY great instructions and I'm laughing my donkey off!!!
Oh my God, Jacksmama I definitely had my laugh for the day.. Not only was it really good advice, it was hilarious..
Can I hire somebody for this job? My husband will be jealous, maybe I will stick with mares.
How I clean my horse's sheath.... call the Vet!
Even when my horse is so doped up that he can't get his bottom lip off the ground, he still tries to kill the Vet for cleaning him. So whenever the Vet is at the barn for whatever, he'll check my guy and for $25 he dope him up and scrub him.
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