Does gelding late lead to more build up in the sheath than normal?
Long story short, I got Archie in June. I cleaned his sheath (as there was much build up and nasty) shortly after he arrived. I noticed he continued to get nasty every few weeks with lots of smegma and it smelled! so I would just use a hose with warm water, a rag as I have never had to do out so often. I chalked it up to stress on his end as well as a hot summer and him being out to pasture in VERY tall grass, maybe it was interfering with his man goods.
This fall he started acting off. Chiro, massage was done. I turned him back out. I was getting fed up. He simply wouldn't go forward and was bucking. but when I would lunge him he was an angel!!
This week I happened to just think of his sheath and how much I cleaned ut this summer, I thought it was due to the heat and grass... so I did what I could *(as he doesn't not like it being messed with) and got SO SO MUCH OUT. I rinsed with warm water after using some Excalibur and could tell he felt better right away. After that I turned him loose in the arena and he moved differently, in terms that he was bucking and kicking at his belly but seemed to be he was seeing it felt better as time went on running around. I decided to get on after and for the first time in months I could ride him. no balking after 3 steps of walk, no head tossing/flipping like he'd ear. he trotted around like it was nothing (something we haven't been able to do at all!) Last night I had an even better ride than the last two days and the only thing that's changed is cleaning his sheath. All the past gelding I have had, clean it 2x a year, 3 max but never have I seen SO much build up!?
Before everyone goes out and just tells me I need a vet, yes that's in the process of getting done as he is coming up on needing vaccinations, so Ill be mentioning it, the behavior and high produce of nasty crap and smells. I also don't want to clean it too much.....ideas?
This summer I found out a lot more about this horse than was told to me when I met him....come to find out he was gelding at almost 4 years old. He is going to be six in April.
My question: does being gelded later like this mean he could get more build up in his sheath?
Arc De Triumphe 5 Yr TB B G
Millie 26 YR Morgan/QH B M
Last edited by Arc_De_Triumphe; 01-12-2020 at 04:07 PM.