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    08-10-2009, 01:28 AM
To the one wanting to know why some are dirtier than others:
Smegma (the yucky build up) is a mixture of skin and bacteria from the penis and sheath, and discharge from his urethra - studs have a bit more going on than geldings. Some horses are better about letting it hang out at bathroom time which helps them stay cleaner and anatomy and skin chemistry has a lot to do with it too.

The "bean" is a build up off smegma in a pouch or pocket surrounding the urethra.
Studs get a "cleaning" when they breed and any beans tend to get dislodged.

Just like some people smell worse quicker than others from the bacteria naturally found on our skin. The chemistry of our skin plays a factor there.
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    08-10-2009, 03:59 PM
Boy am I glad someone has the same problem. I just got my boy 2 months ago and know that I need to get this messy job accomplished before I head back to work. This would be my first time. Wonder if this will be a bonding experience for us both LOL.
    08-16-2009, 10:19 AM
Oh dear, I've had my gelding 2 years and haven't been able to give it that kinda clean!! He absolutely despises having it cleaned! If I go anywhere near it at any time, he whips it away and the leg goes up immediately. That happens whether I edge there nice and slowly, stroking his belly (as soon as my hand gets anywhere near he kicks out!) or just diving straight in with Mr.Hand! Ahahah I'm going to have to just keep trying I think because his is filthy and covered in gunk (smegma?)
    08-18-2009, 12:54 AM
Ok...don't be embarrassed, it's a natural part of male horse ownership.

Wear thoe plastic gloves, and have a bucket of warm water with you. Put sheath cleaning gel in your palm and reach up into the sheath. Scrub around, pulling out the "beans" which are really just compacted shavings and dirt, and throw them away. You'll find a second passage if you fish around; it IS there you just have to find it. Clean up there as well
    08-18-2009, 12:57 AM
My paso fino absolutely loves having his sheath cleaned lol

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