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SaddleHappy
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posted March 26, 2004 03:36 PM        
I've been wondering this since my sil brought this horse home from the auction, and I'm finally getting the nerve to ask. Do geldings normally go around a good bit of the time with their penis hanging down? This horse does this often, and at time looks as though he is trying to direct an orchestra with it! I know I've read something on here about needing to clean the penis and sheath.... today while he was proudly displaying it for me I could not help but notice that there is something orange and dried looking all over it. Does this mean it needs cleaning? If so,where can I find out how to go about cleaning it? Thanks a bunch.
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arabianlvr87
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posted March 26, 2004 03:39 PM        
I dont have a gelding, so I relly cant help you with the sheath thing, but all the school horse geldings do the same thing as yours does. Mostly when they're relaxed.
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posted March 26, 2004 04:21 PM        
LOL, [Hah] directing an orchestra, I love that:) My boy hangs when he is relaxed, yes. If you see the orange stuff, known as *smegma* then he is probably due for a cleaning. Some people use sheath cleaner, I use just plain old warm water and a nice soft rag, or my hand, usually. Crosstie the boy, then standing facing his rump, next to his body, (away from flailing hooves, this is your safety zone) gently begin your cleaning. Most horses will suck back up, once you start fiddling with it. just reach gently between the folds of his sheath and pull out what you can. Some horses will also get what is called a *bean* around the tip of the penis. You can check for this by gently opening the hole and feeling with your fingertips, it will feel like a bean, kind of hard and size will vary. Sheath cleaning is important because if not done regularly, can contribute to irritation, difficulty urinating.

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posted March 26, 2004 04:34 PM        
Saddlehappy, donít be embarrassed, the best way to find out is to ask. This is normal behavior for geldings. This area should be cleaned. The orange dry looking stuff is a wax buildup this is also normal but itís good to clean it once in a while to prevent bacteria from getting started in there. One way is to wash inside the sheath with warm water and a cloth. You will have to reach up in the sheath it get it clean. You can then rinse it out by sticking a hose up into the sheath and turning it on (low). DO NOT USE SOAP. It will be messy as the buildup can be Ĺ inch thick or more if itís been some time between cleanings. Hope this helps some

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Posts: 10 | From: Dallesport Washington | Registered: Mar 2004
littlecelticpony
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posted March 26, 2004 04:46 PM        
hey - has anyone tried those new Sheath Wipes from Red Rum horse supplies? i picked some up today just for the heck of it...wondered if they're any good before i open the package!

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posted March 26, 2004 05:16 PM        
I have always heard you need to wear latex gloves,because the smegma is very stout and can irritate.
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posted March 26, 2004 06:28 PM        
Here is a good read on Sheath Cleaning. Funny and informative. [Hah]

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SaddleHappy
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posted March 26, 2004 09:05 PM        
MissBandit, that article is absolutely hilarious! This gelding out here is my sister-in-law's horse. I think I'm going to let her worry about his "Part" and I'm going to get only mares!
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posted March 27, 2004 04:50 AM        
Don't forget! Mares have Parts too! [Big Grin]

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SaddleHappy
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posted March 27, 2004 07:13 AM        
Well you don't have to clean mares' Parts. Do you???
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posted March 27, 2004 08:02 AM        
yes.
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SaddleHappy
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posted March 27, 2004 08:08 AM        
alrighty then. I guess it can't be as bad as it sounds. We'll just have to buck up and do this.
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posted March 27, 2004 11:11 AM        
If you don't want to "Buck up" and do it, call your vet. They'll do it for around 100, more or less. MOst will sedate the horse into relaxation. Makes it MUCH quicker and less hassel. Then get your shots at the same time, and your done. More you have done at once, it actually works out cheaper in the long run. Same with multiple horses too. Mine gives a multi horse discount and just blocks off a morning to do everyone at our barn.

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SaddleHappy
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posted March 27, 2004 12:00 PM        
Well, that's a good possibility, at least until we're more comfortable with things. About how often does it need to be done?
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posted March 27, 2004 01:39 PM        
AHHHH Im getting a mare!!! [Eek!] [Eek!] [Eek!] I love horses but thats just wrong!! Sorry if this sounds mean but.... ewwwww

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posted March 27, 2004 01:53 PM        
Once a year is all I ever do. Those horses that are determined to get dirty and STAY dirty, maybe twice, but rare that it is needed.

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Blistering Winds
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posted March 27, 2004 01:54 PM        
Barn Goddess....honestly, I'd rather clean a gelding than a mare. Mares are NASTIER than geldings ever get! At least in my experience.

And you have to clean mares too!!

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OwnerofWillow
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posted March 27, 2004 01:56 PM        
Woot glad I have a mare! take a soapy sponge wipe around her areas and poof its done no fuss. I dont think I could clean out a boy think I would end up spending to have the vet do it lol.

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posted March 27, 2004 02:06 PM        
You are very very lucky BW, once or twice per year, [Eek!] good grief, I do my horse's at least every 2 months....and yes, I get a good amount of smegma....nasty boy..... [Roll Eyes]

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posted March 27, 2004 04:12 PM        
i only need to do my gelding once a year and he's fine

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posted March 28, 2004 05:30 AM        
If anyone uses/tries Excalibur I recommend testing it on a small patch of belly skin as I did 2 horses one day with a brand new bottle, and both those horses had irritations and got all swollen (what a funny sight, though!)
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posted April 01, 2004 08:20 PM        
I own 3 stallions myself and I have owned geldings in the past, so I've done my fair share of cleaning.

I've found that KY Jelly works wonders for loosening the dead skin, so it's easier to rinse off ... Try going to your local discount store and buying 10+ tubes of the stuff when it's on sale, watch to see what kind of looks you get. [Hah] [Horse On 2]

Baby wipes are good for quick clean ups...

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posted April 03, 2004 09:32 PM        
So what exactly do you have to do with a mare? isnt it just the udder or summin?!?!

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posted April 03, 2004 09:43 PM        
can somebody please go to horse training and answer my question on lunging? i am really curious and its bugging me.
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posted April 04, 2004 01:32 PM        
i'm leasing a gelding (and its my first time leasing) and i was just wondering how often ou have to do this. (once a week, once a month, once every two months, once a year) please tell me! thanks!

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