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post #1 of 44 Old 07-05-2012, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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bean in gelding

Is there any signs that your gelding has a "bean" and needs his sheath clean? I have always had mares and I know that it is time since the last time he had it clean was a few months ago by the vet when he was gelded.
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post #2 of 44 Old 07-05-2012, 10:07 PM
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It depends on the horse- some of them get dirty quickly and build up a bean quickly. Others never do... if it's been a few months, the only way is to go clean him and see how dirty he is. If he's not, count yourself lucky!
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post #4 of 44 Old 07-06-2012, 12:00 AM
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Also, sometimes geldings make that "noise" while trotting. It sounds sort of liquidy and deep. Like something sloshing around. That's the sign he needs a cleaning.

If he was just gelded a few months ago, he may have some build up from the healing as well. Crusties and such.
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post #5 of 44 Old 07-06-2012, 02:25 AM
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I bought this stuff:
Horse Grooming Supplies: Gelding and Stallion Excalibur Sheath Cleaner

I clean my geldings sheath and remove the bean myself. My guy can usually go about 6 to 8 months before he needs to be cleaned again. Although, he does tend to roll around and kick up a ton of dirt and shavings, so I will stick my hand in there and just check to see how gunky it is and if he needs to have it done early.

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Ditto the others.

Sometimes a gelding will stay dropped a lot if they need cleaned and/or have a bean. Or they could just be dropped because it's so horribly hot/humid

Just an FYI, I only clean my geldings twice a year with some sort of sheath cleaner.

The rest of the times, I clean each one as needed with plain water and a wash cloth.

Using products too often to clean them, can destroy the good bacteria.

You're in Georgia with high humidity. The humidity can cause a horse to need cleaned more frequently, which my vet pointed out
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Also, sometimes geldings make that "noise" while trotting. It sounds sort of liquidy and deep. Like something sloshing around. That's the sign he needs a cleaning.

If he was just gelded a few months ago, he may have some build up from the healing as well. Crusties and such.
I have to disagree with your "noise" theory. They can make that noise even when they are clean. It's a gut noise, not a sheath noise.

A sign that they need to be cleaned is that they rub their butt, much like if they have worms.
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I have to disagree with your "noise" theory. They can make that noise even when they are clean. It's a gut noise, not a sheath noise.

A sign that they need to be cleaned is that they rub their butt, much like if they have worms.
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So that noise is okay? My gelding makes weird gut noises when he trots, and I was worried it was something serious. I'm relieved
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post #9 of 44 Old 07-06-2012, 11:03 AM
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They make that sound when they feel threatened, or are showing off/standing ground. I heard my gelding make that sound for the first time when his pasture mate was being hauled to her new home.

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As a couple have said, watch for your gelding being dropped out. It doesn't even have to hang very low. This is a sign of pain and discomfort. If your horse drops often and colics, it's a possibility it may have been caused by the pain a bean causes.

I've witnessed my old trainer randomly pick a bean from a gelding after he had trotted the entire arena dropped, without stopping to urinate or what-have-you when he was allowed to walk/stop.

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