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  1. #1
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    Default That sound geldings make...

    I have heard differing opinions on what causes it - air in the sheath? Dirty sheath? Tension?
    Anyway, my one horse does it a lot. He is generally tense (we're working on that), but even when he's working nicely forward on the lunge he makes that noise.

    I clean his sheath regularly using Excalibur, but maybe it's particulary dirty.
    Anyone else have this problem? Is there a technical term?


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    Technical term: "Gelding grunt".

    Just kidding.

    Yes, air trapped in there, like in a whoopy cushion, when it is squeezed hard and exits quickly thru a narrow space, makes that sound.

    At least that is what I have heard, there may be some other explanation.


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    "Gwendolyn and the Mysterious Gwook" or "It's All Gwook to Me"

    On a bright springy day in Virginialeeland
    Rode a girl on her horse (and the weather was grand).
    They started to trot just past Newbieboob Brook
    And from somewhere beneath them, a small sound went "Gwook."

    Gwendolyn was astonished; she reined the horse back
    As "Gwook" was a sound never heard from her hack.
    Jogging home in a jiffy, she then searched a book
    For light on the source of that puzzling "Gwook."

    And who would have guessed it but there it all was:
    The tale of the things that a gelding's sheath does;
    Orchitically speaking, he's two under quotum.
    And so melodies came from her steed's empty scrotum.

    Now this lass lends her horse, with his gonadal tune,
    To the village quartet when they need a bassoon.
    And that's why I blither, in verse anapestical,
    Of the wonderful sound caused by lack of a testicle.

    © Deborah Stevenson


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    I have always thought that sound was water sloshing in their stomachs/guts?
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    Tension ( the wrong kind) in the abdominal muscles, causing air to be squeezed in and our of the sheath. When they relax, and work through the back correctly, the sound will stop.


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    Ah, that sounds about right arlosmine! Its pretty frustrating when I keep hearing the "gwook" sound as I'm working towards what I feel is more relaxation. Seems like it's announcing to everyone in earshot that my horse is tense.
    He's a pretty confirmed gwooker, despite my best efforts!


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    This is fantastic. you've made my day!

    Quote Originally Posted by sk_pacer View Post


    "Gwendolyn and the Mysterious Gwook" or "It's All Gwook to Me"

    On a bright springy day in Virginialeeland
    Rode a girl on her horse (and the weather was grand).
    They started to trot just past Newbieboob Brook
    And from somewhere beneath them, a small sound went "Gwook."

    Gwendolyn was astonished; she reined the horse back
    As "Gwook" was a sound never heard from her hack.
    Jogging home in a jiffy, she then searched a book
    For light on the source of that puzzling "Gwook."

    And who would have guessed it but there it all was:
    The tale of the things that a gelding's sheath does;
    Orchitically speaking, he's two under quotum.
    And so melodies came from her steed's empty scrotum.

    Now this lass lends her horse, with his gonadal tune,
    To the village quartet when they need a bassoon.
    And that's why I blither, in verse anapestical,
    Of the wonderful sound caused by lack of a testicle.

    © Deborah Stevenson


    Sorry, couldn't resist dragging out this old chestnut


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    Quote Originally Posted by sk_pacer View Post


    "Gwendolyn and the Mysterious Gwook" or "It's All Gwook to Me"

    On a bright springy day in Virginialeeland
    Rode a girl on her horse (and the weather was grand).
    They started to trot just past Newbieboob Brook
    And from somewhere beneath them, a small sound went "Gwook."

    Gwendolyn was astonished; she reined the horse back
    As "Gwook" was a sound never heard from her hack.
    Jogging home in a jiffy, she then searched a book
    For light on the source of that puzzling "Gwook."

    And who would have guessed it but there it all was:
    The tale of the things that a gelding's sheath does;
    Orchitically speaking, he's two under quotum.
    And so melodies came from her steed's empty scrotum.

    Now this lass lends her horse, with his gonadal tune,
    To the village quartet when they need a bassoon.
    And that's why I blither, in verse anapestical,
    Of the wonderful sound caused by lack of a testicle.

    © Deborah Stevenson


    Sorry, couldn't resist dragging out this old chestnut

    Oh my God.



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    Quote Originally Posted by arlosmine View Post
    Tension ( the wrong kind) in the abdominal muscles, causing air to be squeezed in and our of the sheath. When they relax, and work through the back correctly, the sound will stop.
    I agree with this. I know when my I'm riding and start hearing that noise, we aren't traveling correctly. I get him collected, back working nicely, and it goes away. I think it depends on the horse too. I know my other gelding doesn't travel correctly and I've never heard that noise from him.


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    loved the poem! FWIW (and to further confuse things), I have also heard this noise from a young stallion.



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    Quote Originally Posted by JJARAB View Post
    loved the poem! FWIW (and to further confuse things), I have also heard this noise from a young stallion.
    I have heard it in stallions also, it is air trapped in the sheath, I think.


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    I guess there is one advantage to having a mare.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JJARAB View Post
    loved the poem! FWIW (and to further confuse things), I have also heard this noise from a young stallion.
    I was going to ask this question too - it seems like stallions and geldings should both have the same issue if it's air in the sheath (which makes sense). Maybe we all just say geldings because many of us have never ridden stallions?

    The poem is adorable, but I would hope that their empty scrotum isn't filling up with air....

    Disclaimer: I only own mares.


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    The poem is adorable, but I would hope that their empty scrotum isn't filling up with air....
    I know! Said stallion mentioned above was just gelded last week. If he made the noise before with the "full package" by golly he's gonna sound like a Calliope now, lol!


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    My horse (gelded late, at 3 and a half) has never made this noise. Just FWIW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trubandloki View Post
    I guess there is one advantage to having a mare.
    Except I've now heard more than a couple mares make the (apparent) same sound!
    - the first time, I kept asking if it was really a mare

    Some geldings seem to make the sound a lot, others rarely, sometimes it lessens with a sheath cleaning.
    Vets don't seem to agree on the answer (except for the I don't really know group).



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    My gelding has never made this noise either.
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    I was always of the belief that a gelding who needed cleaning made the sound. And for years that proved true, as the sound went away after cleaning the horse. Then we got in an older gelding, cleaned him, used him and he STILL made the noise when tensed up. When he relaxed in the new setting, got more comfortable in his work, he quit making the noise. Does seem that the air in him, was the cause of the noise as he forced it out.

    We kept his sheath cleaned regularly, though not over-cleaned (like weekly) for his health, and used the noise as a monitor to horse relaxing, being calm and focused in his work. He NEVER made the gelding noises except when nerved up, tense. Actually noise was helpful, since horse didn't always ACT tense or nerved up, ALWAYS obedient. But this noise SAID he was NOT CALM and we had to work on fixing his problem before asking harder things from him.

    And NONE of our other geldings ever make that noise unless they are dirty! Do seem to get dirty faster in summer with dust blowing around.


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    There was one day I had my own rock concert horse style. The boys were trotting by one right after another, both doing the gelding grunt (gwook in stereo) and then my mare caught up to them doing the running/bucking farts. What can I say, I had an interesting bunch.


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    I have one gelding who stays pretty clean, but can be tense, has never made the noise. The other is a virtual smegma-factory, but generally pretty relaxed, though sometimes gets a little tight, and he's never made the noise either. Go figure.
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