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Doris Cook Gardner
Neonate
Username: Misfitfarm

Post Number: 1
Registered: 07-2005
Posted on Friday, July 15, 2005 - 09:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Help!!!

I really hope someone can put an end to the current debate at our happy little homestead!! My husband and I are totally dumbfounded by the latest tidbit our 14 year old daughter dropped on us. She has a retired racehorse, a gelding. She asked my husband to help her clean his "private extremities", pulling down and completely lathering! Apparently you use mineral oil. I don't know; but the point is, we've NEVER heard that this has to be done periodically on a gelding. Any info? Please?!

Thanks!!

Doris, Brent and Beth
(Two grossed out parents and a horse crazy kid)
 

Jos
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Username: Jos

Post Number: 10217
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Friday, July 15, 2005 - 09:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Kids say the darndest things don't they?

Except in this case, the kid is right!

Run a search on Google for "sheath cleaning" and you will get some sage advice... err and some rather strange advice too probably, so you might want to check out the chosen sites before your daughter does!!! :-)

If you are satisfied with the prospect of only having to learn about this from one site (which is I suspect might be a possibility ) you might want to try this one.

Welcome to the world of owning a gelding... and having a 14 year old daughter!!!

 

Kim k
Breeding Stock
Username: Kimk

Post Number: 131
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Friday, July 15, 2005 - 09:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yes, it is true that you can clean the sheath on a gelding. There is also some sheath cleaning "soaps" I will call them. If you never have done this is might be better to have your vet or someone else experienced at it show you how to do it. It may also not be necessary if the gelding is clean. It is really only necessary when there is crusty buildup and unclean. By cleaning the crusty buildup you will prevent further problems in the future, but if you clean him and do it wrong you can also have problems(problems too if he won't let you do it.... be careful). Pros and cons to cleaning him. We would only do it if there is a buildup and the gelding does not stay clean.

Kim
 

Kim k
Breeding Stock
Username: Kimk

Post Number: 132
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Friday, July 15, 2005 - 09:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I must have been writing my post when Jos's just got posted... It wasn't there when I started to write. Have a great evening
 

Jos
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Username: Jos

Post Number: 10218
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Posted on Friday, July 15, 2005 - 09:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Kim! You're being watched...!!!
 

Kim k
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Username: Kimk

Post Number: 133
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Friday, July 15, 2005 - 09:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Jos!!
 

Doris Cook Gardner
Neonate
Username: Misfitfarm

Post Number: 2
Registered: 07-2005
Posted on Saturday, July 16, 2005 - 09:31 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

WHEW!!! Thanks so much!! You did put an end to the debate, because my husband and I felt that this only needed to be done if it was really NEEDED! My daughter thought that the original owner did this every 6 months. Sorry, but I've got other things on my Want To Do list other than scrubbing the nether regions of Jay's Performer! My mare will be SOOOO jealous!

Is this only done on geldings as my daughter thought? Doesn't seem fair, all the guys must need/want a little help now and then!!

Again, thanks for the help and have a great weekend!

Doris and Brent
 

Jos
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Posted on Saturday, July 16, 2005 - 11:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cleaning is performed on an "as needed" basis. It probably doesn't need to be done as much as some people think, but it should be done periodically. Note that some geldings are dirtier than others.

Stallions do not require cleaning in the same manner (or with the same regularity) as if they are breeding animals, they should be getting washed prior to breeding anyway (with just warm water for stallions - no cleaning agents), and they also tend to extend their penises more regularly to masturbate, which displaces much of the smegma anyway. They do need checking for the smegma bean periodically, and especially before each breeding, as if there is a bean present it can be uncomfortable and may be displaced during breeding and find its way into the mare's uterus (where it may act as an IUD and prevent pregnancy establishment!).
 

TX Breeder (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Monday, July 18, 2005 - 08:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

These are a few signs that may help you to notice when a sheath cleaning is neccessary:

If you notice the gelding dripping urine and not extending his penis, if he is straining to urinate, if the urine is concentrated (dark color, strong odor), or exhibits a sore back while pressing over the kidney area.

The bean can get large enough to stop the flow of urine and cause more severe problems like a bladder or kidney infection. If the gelding has discomfort while attempting to urinate, he may not drink and then become dehydrated.

Beyond the medical aspects, a large bean can inhibit movement. I have had a dressage stallion sent to me for training that would not extend his back legs forward enough. After cleaning a sizable bean from him, he had a radically changed range of motion in the hind end. This stallion must be cleaned every 3 months or so.

I would suggest that a stallion or gelding be checked at least every 6 mo. if not showing any of the signs above.



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