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So lately when i have lunged my horse i keep hearing this weird noise coming from his gut and now its very loud. Someone had said has his sheath been cleaned and of course i said i dont know ive never had a horse before LOL. So if it is his sheath how on earth do i clean it. berts fine with me getting his private parts wet. but.... cleaning.... his ... member ????????? lol
 

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I have never heard of that before... and I have a gelding.... sure it isn't just his tummy screaming "FEED ME!" ?
 

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It's not his gut, and it's not because his sheath is dirty. It's air trapped in his sheath and scrotum. Perfectly natural, and all male horses make the noise. I call it 'the squooge', because that's what it sounds like to me.
 

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Just looking around I found this.

"Sheath Noise: I have heard more crap about this topic. The noise you hear when a male horse runs or trots does NOT mean his sheath needs cleaning. That is the most absurd thing I have heard and I hear it a lot. This rumor is promoted by people that know little about a horse, want to give advice and just keep passing on this bunk. Here are some other things I hear about this noise; the noise is made since the testicles have been removed, because the sheath is dirty, because air is trapped, it is when the horse is tense and only geldings make the noise. You will hear this noise normally when a horse is trotting but can also hear it during a canter. When a horse is tense, stressed, being resistant, showing frustration, excited or is trying to show dominance, he will make this noise. Not sure if the horse does it intentionally or by reflex (I think it is intentional). It is a squeaking, grunting or honking noise and sounds like trapped air being forced out or kept in the sheath area. Some say it happens when the horse pulls his penis up higher into his sheath which creates an air pocket. It normally happens when a horse is tense (resistant). When a horse is relaxed you will normally not hear the noise. I think you will also hear it when a horse is showing resistance or dominance. A stallion or proud cut gelding will make the noise when entering a herd or trying to attract attention to him so he can impress the herd and announce his presence. Is he doing it intentionally or by the fact the he is tense and showing off, not sure, but I think they know when they do it. A mare will not make this noise, so I have to think it has to do with the male parts. When a horse is trying to impress mares or about to defend his position to another horse, I would say he is tense and showing dominance, which would coincide with the idea that the horse is tense and excited, which could mean he is retracting his penis and creating an air trap. The next time you hear this noise, see if the horse is being resistant, testing the owner, showing dominance, or is not wanting to do what he is doing. You will find is has nothing to do with a clean or dirty sheath. So please stop the rumor that the sheath is dirty and that is why the noise is there,it just ain't so."

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If it sounds like some sort of spaceship (I kid you not) my horse does this when he's nervous and trying to poop but nothing is coming out.

I sound crazy, don't I..
 

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i dont think hes showing off or anything like that as there is no other horses around and it only happens when he trots (i cant get him to canter on a lunge line) but i dunno im just a newbie
 

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That's so funny - having had more mares than geldings, I never put two and two together and realized it was just the boys who did this - I just thought some horses did and some horses didn't. I had always thought it was a deep grunt/groany noise as in "can't you see how HARD you're making me work? Can't we stop now? Come oooooooooooooon, pleeeeeeeease?" I've always had REALLY lazy boys... :lol:
 

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Hunter does that occasionally, it kinds funny. Actually he has been doing it more in the past few weeks than ever before.
 

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It's completely normal for them to make that noise. It's just air trapped in their sheath.

As for sheath cleaning, that is somethin that you will have to learn how to do. It's gross at first but you get used to it really fast.
 

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My gelding does this too at the trot. I can't say I ever really thought about it at all, I thought he was just a bit gassy or really hungry or something... :oops:

But can confirm that after much reading of HF on the subject, I think it is just his sheath.
 

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My gelding used to always do that when he was a lot younger, but lately I haven't noticed it. I don't know if I'm just ignorant or used to it but I'm fairly certain he doesn't do it anymore.
 

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LOL its such a weird noise .... i never thought i would have to clean his member LOL
Yep. Trust me, I got caught off guard with that too. I work with a mare pony and I had to clean her utters and privates. It's not that bad once you get over it. It's normal for some black crust to form on his sheath too. Good luck! It's best for you to clean it, the pony I work with loves to get herself cleaned. :D Good luck!
 

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Yep, I find that when my gelding makes that noise with his sheath he is getting tense or frustrated. If I let off with whatever exercise I'm trying and come back to it after working on something else, the noise generally does not come back :)

That being said, your gelding does need his sheath cleaned regularly; for many geldings once a year is sufficient and can be done by the vet in the same visit as the teeth. I usually leave the deep cleaning (and looking for the bean) to my vet and do touchups every few months when I notice that he's a little dirty.
 

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I think he is being resistant....

i dont think hes showing off or anything like that as there is no other horses around and it only happens when he trots (i cant get him to canter on a lunge line) but i dunno im just a newbie
I think he is being resistant and trying to show dominance over you or he is trying to show you how unhappy he is...you said it yourself that he is refusing to canter on the lunge....doesn't sound like a happy respectful guy.

I have often heard this sound with many of the geldings when lunging just because they are excited to be out of the stall, etc.

Check your horses sheath but dont go crazy, cleaning it with chemicals too often can do more harm than good. Also, he would be rubbing on his rump not making noise when excited if he had a bean or something that needed to come out. Good Luck!
 
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