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        10-09-2011, 02:20 PM
      #51
    Foal
    A couple of years ago I read about this online. I had never heard of this before and I asked my old vet and he had never heard of it before and told me don't bother, so I didnt. Then a couple of weeks later when I was washing one of the geldings I decided to ''go in'' and have a look around. Sure enough, there was a bean a little smaller than a pea and I managed to get it out. I stood there proud as punch holding up my prize while my bf was half disgusted, half impressed. I now check all the geldings every couple of months. But to this day I have mentioned it to all the horsey people I know, and no one I know has ever heard of it and just look at me funny..

    Oh, and I was not prepared for the smell! I can still smell it every time I think about it!
         
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        10-09-2011, 05:24 PM
      #52
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by blacksplash    
    A couple of years ago I read about this online. I had never heard of this before and I asked my old vet and he had never heard of it before and told me don't bother, so I didnt. Then a couple of weeks later when I was washing one of the geldings I decided to ''go in'' and have a look around. Sure enough, there was a bean a little smaller than a pea and I managed to get it out. I stood there proud as punch holding up my prize while my bf was half disgusted, half impressed. I now check all the geldings every couple of months. But to this day I have mentioned it to all the horsey people I know, and no one I know has ever heard of it and just look at me funny..

    Oh, and I was not prepared for the smell! I can still smell it every time I think about it!
    And now you might want expand your vet's eduction

    It's actually not something that always becomes a problem that needs attention. There are the rare exceptions like my father's old March Tacky gelding that never needed a cleaning in his life (lucky dad). He just managed to never have a problem and likely never had much of a bean. The small parts can be passed (if you're lucky). But don't count on that level of good luck very often. Our other geldings would always let you know when things were getting uncomfortable for them.

    And today I own no geldings whos sheaths need to be worried about, but that's not the reason (just a nice fringe benny)
         
        10-09-2011, 08:27 PM
      #53
    Foal
    I've heard many different theories. I always just check and wash if needed. I think it depends on the horse, i've ridden horses that needed it every 6 months, and horses than needed it monthly. One of them was a morgan with a big trot and he kicked up alot of dirt (after riding he always had dirt on his stomach) and he got SO dirty there. If I didnt clean him once a month he would get really fussy and not pay attention when ridden. The other horse was one I leased this summer and he didnt drop to pee, so he got pretty dirty too and would rub when he needed it. After getting to know a horse for awhile you can usually tell when they are uncomfortable and need it. Some people said it was too often to clean them and it would strip the oils and dry out, but if I didnt they would be impossible to deal with, and they never seemed to get dry or irritated. So I think it depends on the horse and there is not a specific time they need it
         

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