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How often should you sheath clean?
I do different parts periodically. If its just out I get all the flakeys off. Beans about every 3 months but I haven't gotten up in there myself. The last time was his teeth floating last October. So I'm thinking tomorrow I'm going to get ambitious and get some long gloves to go after him. Also how do you determine how much ace to give? He's not a fan... I'm going to start desensitizing him with it but I really just want to get a thourough cleaning done.
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I'm honestly not sure the exact amount of times you should do it. I just always do it whenever he gets a good full sudsy bath, which is about four times a year (he gets hosed down all the time, so he's always clean), and I go ahead and spend the time to get it all done.
Meantime, I do the same, and just clean around to get some flaky stuff out.
As far as giving Ace, I would ask your vet about that to get a professional measurement.
I do it about every 6 mos. My gelding just doesn't seem to get to darn dirty... thank goodness...lol
It really depends on how clean your horse is. If he doesn't drop when he pees you'll have to check his sheath often.
My boy is typically pretty clean. By preference I try twice a year, cleaning the flakes every normal bath. He and I don't like it so I just make sure he isn't having any difficulties and can sometimes do once a year.
I do mine whenever I get his teeth floated. It is just easier that way.. I have heard from twice a year to once a month. It depends. But every 6 months is what I do. And if it just so happens to be out when i am washing him down I get what I can. other than that I let the vet do her thing and take care of it. :)
I thought this may help you :
http://iceryder.net/images/sheathparts.jpgBy Gary D. Kirchmeier
Recently, I was asked to check a gelding for a woman, and had one of those surprises. The woman grooms her horse daily and bathes the sheath area frequently, but didn't know she needed to check inside the penis.
Haha, it's definitely not the most fun thing to do, but it must be done. :-P
Wow that poor horse :( I check for beans at least every three months because my friend got a gelding and he had a walnut sizes black bean really hard. My gelding always has 3 small ones. He gets aggitated when I try and get them though he lifts his leg. I'm always as gentle as possible and always verbally correct him. He's never kicked out and I'd like to keep it that way. I honestly think the vet was a little rough with him :( he never drops it unless you scratch his butt. After she cleaned it there were small road rash type abraisions and he left it hanging. :( so now I want to be extra cautious
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