cleaning the sheath . . .
this is an awkward question lol but i have a seven yr old gelding and i dont think he has ever had his sheath cleaned . . . i am pretty sure this is not a good thing. how often should it be cleaned? i have obviously never attempted this so the first time i will have somebody else do it (i also dont know how he will react) - well see if i can find someone . . . whenever he drops it appears clean but thats just the outside . . .
i also wipe it w/ a damp sponge when he drops but like i said thats just the outside. sorry for the odd question :lol: thanks in advance =]
If he drops and allows you to examine the end you will see where the uretha (where the urine comes out of) and skin folds around it. If you gently pull back the skin you will find a pocket surrounding the uretha. The pocket has areas the smegma builds up and creates "beans".
Some horse will allow you to gently clean down in the pocket and allow you to palpate and squeeze beans up from the outside. Some horses have to be sedated for you to mess with it at all. Should be attempted only lots of lube or warm soapy water.
You should wear gloves, use warm water, use sheath cleaner, use a clean sock or wash cloth and be sure to rinse all the soap off.
I found this tounge-in-cheek article that is rather...umm...clean LOL http://www.equusite.com/articles/hea...Cleaning.shtml
Basically you have to learn to not be shy, but do be gentle.
lol! that article is quite hilarious =]
I just had a 'great' experience with this yesterday. Blu's never had his sheath cleaned since I've had him. My friend and I decided to bathe the horses and I was determined to get the sheath cleaning done and over with. My friend's horse must have had it done often (ex-racer) but Blu was a little nervous about it. Considering he barely drops when he pees. Looks clean on the outside, but when you start cleaning...the smegma is overwhelming. Its just flat out gross. Haha. But I did it and Blu better be happy.
I was told it should be done at least twice annually...
i love that website on sheath cleaning. it was actually the first one i read the first time i was going to do it. it was so funny my sister and i actually had a hard time cleaning him because we were laughing so hard....he wasnt laughing as much....:-|
anyway ive cleaned a LOT of my boys, seeing as how my other 4 stablehands are boys...men...well...whatever, they REFUSE to clean them so im forced to do it. no wonder my mares like me more than my boys :shock:
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