• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Gross and unsightly problem.. icky sheaths.

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Gross and unsightly problem.. icky sheaths.

    My horse's sheath (well, his penis too) is disgusting but he won't let me clean it! I've tried distraction with food, tried after a long work out.. to no avail. It's all flaky and just looks pretty damn disgusting. I hose up inside there daily, but that doesn't help much. Is there anything else I can try other than having the vet do it? Kind of embarrassing to have to have the vet do your horse's sheath for you

  • #2
    Our vet always does our horses regularly

    Just use the words "cleaned" and "gelding" in the same sentence and they immediately know what you mean.

    If "it" is really icky, he probably has beans too, and I really wouldn't attempt to get those without a sedative (or a vet).
    "The best pace is a suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die!"
    ----> Pre


    • #3
      Actually, it's not too embarrassing. Tons of people have the vet do their horses' sheath — most commonly it's because the horse needs to be sedated for someone to let them near their junk , but I definitely think it's not uncommon for a vet to do it.


      • #4
        You can always just get the vet to tranquilize your horse or dispense some tranquilizer, then clean it yourself, too. Or if he's tranqed for clipping or teeth floating or something, take advantage of that.


        • #5
          Oh, sheath cleaning is fun! All you need is a friend who is good at holding horses, a glove, some patience, and a healthy dose of self-preservation. I've done a couple dozen geldings and only one or two were so badly behaved I wouldn't do them again.
          Against My Better Judgement: A blog about my new FLF OTTB
          Do not buy a Volkswagen. I did and I regret it.
          VW sucks.


          • #6
            Oh the joys of owning geldings, LOL! I have an 18 hand WB x boarder who is so relaxed he falls asleep in the washrack, so cleaning him is a breeze. But, the challenge is my little mini who is my 4 year old mare's companion~ he's so darn little, that trying to clean him is quite the challenge. He tries to be good about it, but I know it can't be very comfortable, and he is notorious for rolling (alot!) so he gets quite a bit of buildup in there.
            When I worked at Dixie Stampede, we used either Excalibur gel on the easy ones, rinsing well. Or, with more difficult ones or ones that were reallllly grungy~ we used a bottle of baby oil. Just insert the tip into the opening and give a good squeeze, then try and work it around in there. We would leave it in overnight to give it a chance to work around and loosen things up, next day tried again and most would kind of slide out (even the beans were easier to pop out) Rinse with mild Ivory & water. Seemed to work pretty well, and can't recall any geldings showing sensitivity to that method.

            Those that are really difficult about it may have to go the sedation route or have a vet do it. Good luck!
            Crayola posse~ orange yellow, official pilot
            Proud owner of "High Flight" & "Shorty"


            • #7
              If you can get the hose up there, then you should be able to clean it My gelding hates it but will let me do it. I put the hose up there, then my gloved hand with some excalibur and pull off as much as he will let me (I can usually get the bean too), and then put the hose up there again to rinse it out.
              If it's too cold to use the hose, I'll just use KY (no rinsing needed and water-based). Just be prepared for embarassment when you leave it out one day at the barn
              My guy was hanging out yesterday while I was grooming so I quickly but carefully pulled off as much dead skin as I could and checked for a bean before he sucked it all in. The funny thing was that when I was looking for the bean one popped out at me and landed on the floor


              • #8
                Call the vet and have them do it for you.


                • #9
                  Highflyer - we had a "dentist only" DVM that quickly realized sheath cleaning was a lucrative sideline. I'm sure our barn was not the only one that scurried around cleaning sheaths and trimming ears as soon as he completed the floating. He now offers that service too.


                  • #10
                    A hose won't get the bean... When I got my gelding, his sheath had not been cleaned in so long the vet said he was probably having difficulty urinating. She pulled out multiple, large beans.

                    Just have the vet do it. You can have it done twice a year when he gets his vaccinations. My gelding gets really dirty so he needs it done every three months or so.

                    She also clips his ears for me while he's sedated!


                    • #11
                      Yep, if you really can't get it done, you'll need a sedative. I haven't had a horse that won't let me clean it's sheath.. not all of them have liked it, but I've gotten it done. If he lets you put the hose up there though I don't see why he wouldn't let you clean it... although it is much easier to clean on horses that drop obviously lol.
                      Custom Painted Brushes: spcustombrushes@gmail.com


                      • #12
                        On the flipside, Willem thought it was one of the best things in life. He loooooove it, which made it easy but was so embarrassing.


                        • #13
                          Try asking a friend to hold up a back leg.
                          Horse Show Names Free name website with over 6200 names. Want to add? PM me!


                          • #14
                            The one gelding we look after drops very often. Last week, my daughter was ready and cleaned him. Outside, in plain view... she was not embarrassed. It has to be done!!! His head was getting lower and lower.. he seemed to be enjoying it!
                            I went back on Friday to put a sheet on him and here he dropped again as if to show me how clean it still was!! Ok, can you put it away so I can tighten the sheet? and I don't need this in my face... lol


                            • #15
                              I remember when we got a horse for my husband -- a nice, built-like-a-brick-house Appendix QH gelding. I told my husband "He's your horse, so you'll have to do horsey hygiene a few times a year." My husband was, like, "Um, what? You want me to do what???!!!!" After which he announced, "There's only one I touch, and it ain't his."

                              Needless to say, I'm responsible for horsey hygiene.
                              Why do I like most horses better than most people?


                              • #16
                                Almost any horse will stand for it if you approach it the "right" way. And that is standing facing forward, with your hip firmly wedged against his gaskin.

                                From this position, you need to do everything by feel, but your arm is at the same angle as his inner anatomy, so it is more comfortable for him. And, with your hip tight against his gaskin, if he starts to lift his leg to kick, you just move in closer so he has no room to be able to kick you.

                                You need to become ambidextrous because it is necessary to use both sides and each hand to get the job done really well.

                                Once the horse trusts that you are not going to hurt him, he will generally relax. But whatever you do, don't be a wussie. If he lifts a leg as soon as you touch him and you pull back, then he is going to think: 1. OK, I got rid of that fly, or 2. Well, I am in control here. I don't have to put up with this indignity.

                                And, approach the task with the mindset that he CANNOT suck it up farther than you can follow. Standing facing forward, it is amazing how far up you can follow~!

                                -- I get the cheap lubricating gel at the dollar store. When buying 5 tubes, I keep my head down and do not look the cashier in the eye.
                                "He lives in a cocoon of solipsism"

                                Charles Krauthammer speaking about Trump


                                • #17
                                  I find if I stand at my one horse's side and slowly rub the lower flank area, he will begin to drop. Baby wipes also work well for a quick sheath cleaning. When they let down to pee in the stall, I'll grab some wipes and get the worst of it off and do a quick check for beans.


                                  • Original Poster

                                    Thanks everyone for the replies! I think I will try *one* more time to do it, but if he is bad.. I'm just going to get the vet. I don't know if I'll be able to get a bean either.

                                    He's been tail rubbing, so I should probably do this soon..


                                    • #19
                                      When I first got mine as a 3 yr old, I started him right away with training for this. Initially, he kicked out but eventually, he figured out it wasn't an evil act. Now, I can just hose warm water up there and I work stuff loose with my BARE hand. Just easier for me and doesn't even faze me.

                                      "If you have the time, spend it. If you have a hand, lend it. If you have the money, give it. If you have a heart, share it." by me


                                      • #20
                                        Fella has draft sized junk and a penchant for crud so I'm up there on a regular basis. I swear my hand can fit up his darned sheath. Anyway -I find with geldings you have to have a Yoda approach; Do or do not there is no try.

                                        You have to approach sheath cleaning just like you would hoof picking - just do it. And you're right; a hose will not get rid of the smegma or the bean.

                                        It's the price we pay, IMO. Either you get a girl horse and her girl horse crazy, or you get a boy horse and you're giving hand jobs without even getting dinner first.

                                        ETA I don't use any sheath cleaning products. If you don't get it out it will inflame the sheath and then you have different issues. The only thing I'll use to lubricate that stuff out is some mineral oil in warm water and a washcloth. I think lube as one poster pointed out would work too since it's water soluble and kind to mucus membranes.

                                        He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).