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post #21 of 44 Old 07-11-2012, 10:08 PM
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About the noise, it can't be guts because mares don't slosh. Only geldings and stallions slosh. It doesn't seem to have anything to do with whether they are clean.
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post #22 of 44 Old 07-26-2012, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Ok I cleaned him tonight and he did very well so I could clean his sheath but would not stay droped to clean him very well on the outside. It does look like his urenth is stiking out. I tried to take a picture tonight but it was to dark. Is this normal?
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post #24 of 44 Old 07-26-2012, 09:31 PM
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Yep, it can be normal- how prominent it is seems to be varies though. The opening of the urethra sticks out on its own. The bean lives in the pocket between that "outie" and the rest of his penis.
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About the noise, it can't be guts because mares don't slosh. Only geldings and stallions slosh. It doesn't seem to have anything to do with whether they are clean.
My personal theory is this. This is an inner chamber up there where the penis hides when it is fully retracted. This is kind of like a ring feeling chamber it hides behind. So I think the sloshing noise has something to do with having the penis tucked up behind that chamber. I have had geldings make the noise when I am trotting them under saddle. Not a lazy trot but an excited, energetic trot. So I think that noise happens when the penis is tucked all the way up and hiding. I kind of think of it like they are sucking air into that space or something!

Also, I should mention sheath cleaning and bean removal are two separate things. I cleaned the sheath for years, got all sorts of gunk out, but wasn't until a couple of years ago that someone showed me how to find and remove the bean.

So you can be faithfully cleaning the sheath and miss the bean. Or removed the bean and leave the sheath dirty. The two don't necissarily go together.

The bean is actually hidden in a pouch on the end of the penis. I usually try to check that when the geldings are dropped. Sheath cleaning I usually do as a separate procedure, since my boys typically don't drop when I am sheath cleaning.

I have had friends say their horse is clean because his penis looks clean. Um, no, the sheath can still be gunky and the horse can still have a bean. You don't know until you check those things.

Wow, I guess I have been doing this way too long!
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Yep, it can be normal- how prominent it is seems to be varies though. The opening of the urethra sticks out on its own. The bean lives in the pocket between that "outie" and the rest of his penis.


I was worried that something was really wrong. I am going to try to look for the bean tomorrow. Just want to do one thing at a time. First time for me always had mares. Hopefully he will stay down if not I will try to get the vet out here to check it out. He is not showing any signs of discomfort or swelling. Just wanted to make sure everthing is alright.
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With Cinny, he sometimes makes the noise, sometimes he doesn't. I never really thought about the "why" I just figured it was a "gelding thing" and normal.

Tail rubbing, constant "dropping," irritable for seemingly no reason, frequent urination or attempts to urinate, and sometimes frequent rolling (more than normal for your horse, they are all different) can all be signs he needs a sheath cleaning.

There could also be other things going on besides a "bean" if they do these things. It's rare, but other things can get up there too... The first time I cleaned Cinny's sheath after buying him, he had a plastic straw wrapper (juice box straw) stuck up in there and it appeared to have been there for quite some time. I would be on the watch for anything.

I know it's gross, but try to watch your horse pee on occasion as you can kind of eyeball how clean they are. Also if it looks like he has trouble or "poor flow" or it "sprays" to one side, there could be a bean.
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With Cinny, he sometimes makes the noise, sometimes he doesn't. I never really thought about the "why" I just figured it was a "gelding thing" and normal.

Tail rubbing, constant "dropping," irritable for seemingly no reason, frequent urination or attempts to urinate, and sometimes frequent rolling (more than normal for your horse, they are all different) can all be signs he needs a sheath cleaning.

There could also be other things going on besides a "bean" if they do these things. It's rare, but other things can get up there too... The first time I cleaned Cinny's sheath after buying him, he had a plastic straw wrapper (juice box straw) stuck up in there and it appeared to have been there for quite some time. I would be on the watch for anything.

I know it's gross, but try to watch your horse pee on occasion as you can kind of eyeball how clean they are. Also if it looks like he has trouble or "poor flow" or it "sprays" to one side, there could be a bean.
He pees just fine, and no rubbing. I cleaned his sheath tonight really good and it was not to dirty. Did not know you could go so high.
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He pees just fine, and no rubbing. I cleaned his sheath tonight really good and it was not to dirty. Did not know you could go so high.
I borrow gloves from a farmer friend.... the ones that go up to your shoulder that they wear to palpate for calves.
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I borrow gloves from a farmer friend.... the ones that go up to your shoulder that they wear to palpate for calves.
I will have to remember that . Just grossed out my family. Next time they will not ask me what was so funny
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