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post #1 of 7 Old 12-16-2012, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Cleaning the....sheath.

So, I heard that you have to clean a gelding's sheath every half year. Well, I gave it a go. And Luca hates it! He lets me go near it, but he sucks his sheath in and puts his ears back and stamps his hooves, snapping at me but not actually trying to bite, just trying to scare me
And lately I've noticed that his sheath seems to need some cleaning because there's some black scabby stuff on it. Does every horse have to have his sheath cleaned or can it "clean itself", because some person told me they can.
And if I do have to clean his sheath, how can I do it without the fuss? And how can I do it if he sucks his sheath in so I can't reach it?
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-16-2012, 07:52 PM
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The joys of geldings. No, it doesn't clean itself. Try warm water, no scrubby stuff and use something that's meant to go in that area like KY Jelly or Excalibur. Go slow and be gentle. And if he sucks it back in there....well....you have to chase it.

I suggest rubber gloves with a long cuff.
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The thing that he sucks in is called his penis

First, BE CAREFUL! If he is that bad about having it cleaned it can wait a year. When he is sedated for yearly teeth floating do it then.

If you can do it cross tie him and have a friend have a friend hold one of his legs so he can kick you. Grab some warm water, rags/rolled cotton and some Excalibur. Wet the rag/cotton and get up in there! Squeeze it out and get it wet up there. In the summer we grab the hose on low and shove it up there. Now grab a hand full of Excalibur and rub it around. Pick off all the crusty stuff and be sure not to scratch him. This is the first chamber, not the home of the the penis... only its hang out. Go up a little further and you will find the home of the penis. You will only be able to get a few fingers in there so wet them up and clean the walls and as much of the penis as you can. Next, find the tip of his penis and with your pinkie finger remove the bean from the urethra (pee hole, if you will). I had to remove a bean once so large it come out in two pieces the size of goldfish (the snack) and another small one. Thats really the important part because it effects their urinary function. Then rise it out with the wet rag/cotton or, if your mean like me, the hose.
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Same problems with my horse. His is quite clean but after touching for about a min the ears go back and he lifts his back leg. How many times should it be cleaned a year?
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Same problems with my horse. His is quite clean but after touching for about a min the ears go back and he lifts his back leg. How many times should it be cleaned a year?
Every horse varies. The gelding at my barn get done once a year, twice if we see they really need it. I see every reaction from dropping down and loving it to snapping cross ties and trying to bash your head in.
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My older paint gelding hates having it done to the point where we have the vet come out and do it himself. Even with a little happy juice in his system he will try and bite you and kicks out . I have had him for 10 years and he has always been that way. Luckily he is usually pretty clean. My junior hunter loved having his done and it took all of a few minutes to do. My TB gelding will let you do anything, he looks unamused but will let you do it lol. I would definitely use warm water and some Excalibur, and if he is so bad to the point where you are in danger of being kicked, have the vet give him some sedatives. It is important to do it, and get the bean out. If this is your first time doing it I would enlist the help of someone who has done it.
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Good description Slidestop Thanks for pointing out about the beans. I think most people don't know that part.

I am lucky my horse doesn't mind, but I know alot that have to be sedated. And some get dirtier than other. I would say minimum twice a year but some need it more often...
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