cleaning his man parts?
i dont wanna do it, really. Does it have to be done and why? Can i pay a vet to do it? How much does it cost?
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I am assuming you mean sheath cleaning when you say you do not want to clean his man parts. Using correct terms makes it easier for people to understand what you are talking about.
Should it be done? Yes. Does it "have to" be done? No. But teeth do not "have to" be done either, but we do them because it is what is best for our horses.
Sheath cleaning is one of those things we do because we choose to own a horse. I highly doubt there is anyone that likes to do it. I believe the term is responsibility.
Yes, you for sure can pay the vet to do it.
I normally have my gelding's sheath cleaned by the vet one time per year. While he is drugged to have his teeth done, I have his sheath cleaned. It gives the vet a chance to make sure there are no abnormalities developing and the bonus of a squeaky clean sheath.
I do remove the smega chunks I can reach other times during the year.
Some geldings are naturally clean, others are just gross.
If you do it yourself, make sure you get the bean.
I personally think sheath cleaning is necessary to keep your horse healthy. As alwaysbehind suggested, if you are going to have it done by the vet, I'd have it done while your vet is out for the yearly stuff (unless of course it really is looking bad). If you call the vet out just for that your looking at farm call, cost of drugs and then cost of the actual cleaning.
The first time I had my geldings sheath cleaned, I paid a knowledgeable horsey friend to do it. It's a good way to learn to do it yourself and cheaper than the vet.
It won't take the place of a good cleaning, but if you can catch your gelding dropped you can pour mineral oil on him (coat it as much as possible) then try and make him draw back up and leave him alone. It helps get some of the yuck out without having to be elbow deep. :-)
Our vet was going to charge $40 to do it. Thats $35 more than what it cost me. And I still have half a bottle of excaliber left over!
Its gross, smelly and a little awkward. It only takes a few mintues and your horse really doesn't know the difference. When I was doing it I thought of it as changing my daughters diapers for the first time. Gross, invasive, and it felt a little inappropriate...however it is neccessary! The only difference is, I've changed about 700 million diapers since that day...it only gets easier! LOL
There are some great threads on here about sheath cleaning, so search the forum, get some fantastic info and a few good laughs.
top 3 tips:
Be very careful, some boys don't appreciate this and some of the worst kicks I have ever seen were during sheath cleaning
wear gloves or your hands will stink all day
you don't need expensive cleansers, good ol' ivory dish soap is what we use in the vet hospital and it works just lovely
good luck, have fun, and don't forget the bean!
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