Oh Boy! Sheath Cleaning!
So, I just thought I would post this for all those gelding/stallion owners out there.
The other week when I was out at the barn, my friend was cleaning her horse's sheath. Well, I had never seen it done before, and I've never done it, so I decided I would watch. Well, she gets almost elbow deep up there, and what is my response? "Holy CRAP! It's like a... a... MAGICAL PORTAL!" Needless to say, I'm thinking about getting the vet out to do Jerry's. :p
What are your funny sheath cleaning stories? Any tips would be appreciated too!
Hahaha, how scary! The vet is going to come out and clean Jax's sheath next month when they float his teeth. I'm scared! :shock:
I have the vet do it, or I will after he's done floating teeth. I won't clean my boys unless they're well sedated, lol. I have Ace, but prefer to have the vet dose them with the tranqualizer he uses, which he won't let me buy... ;-)
i have sheath cleanser... but never used it. I think i will get the vet to do it!
I had to do mine myself. Nico had gotten his teeth done for the first time ever and the vet suggested we do it while he was still sleepy. Totally gross. He was very um, shy, with it even while sedated so I had to really reach up there. My poor boy had a 'bean' in there the side of a quarter. When he woke up and peed...his expression was priceless. It was like 'Now THAT was strange' LOL
Yeah, when I did Soda's he had a bean the size of a chocolate covered almond. Ick. But now he suddenly lets it all hang out more often and seems a lot more comfortable.
He was really shy during the process too, so I ended up with my arm buried almost to the elbow. The look on my friend's face was priceless. She was like "Yeah, hubby isn't getting any for awhile after watching this."
Goodness, all these modest young ladies who think the vet should do it! :-P
I have Excalibur, water, long latex gloves, and I'm not afraid to use 'em. :wink:
Seriously ladies, if you have geldings you need to learn how to do this. Yes, the smegma smells awful and your horse may not want you digging around in his privates, but it needs to be done and it's something for which I refuse to pay a vet.
If you think of it as something that needs to be done to keep your horse healthy instead of something 'gross', it's not such a horrible chore.
It's merely another chore to do, and not all that often. If I paid a vet for everything I didn't want to do, I'd soon be out of money!
Well, I have yet to try on my new guy, but the guy I have had for 17 yrs.....he is 21....well, this is the ONLY thing he will absolutely NOT tolerate. My vet told me years ago, (after he nearly got kicked while the horse was SO sedated he was almost falling over...)to call him if he can't pee! lol. Seriously, I have done a little cleaning there and he gets a bit better about it, but can never do the whole job. So, I will continue to try, a bit at a time.....and always make sure he is peeing ok!
There's nothing worse than a gelding who smells, squeaks when he walks or one who reveals crusty clingons when he pees, especially at shows :evil:
^^ Soda didn't enjoy it THAT much, but now he um.. how do you say? "Enjoys" himself on a regular basis. Whereas before he never "let it all hang out."
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