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post #31 of 33 Old 01-25-2009, 06:08 PM
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Originally Posted by worldofhorses View Post
Question: What the heck is the 'bean' ??
My old Arab used have a crusty yellow layer around his willy (when dropped, of course) which I had to rinse and rub off - but that's all I thought..?

Yea, the above poster is right. It is a greenish-gray buildup and it's actually pretty round, like a lima bean! When the horse drops you kind can push the opening of the urethra to the side and the bean should pop out. It sounds gross but it's not that bad, if they aren't removed they can get so big the horse cannot drop to pee and they can be painful.

The first time I got my horse's bean out I just went for it and it popped right out, no problems. I had no idea what I was doing, but it worked! And come to find out, I did it right!
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post #32 of 33 Old 01-25-2009, 06:55 PM
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I always clean my boy, Cotton in his stall. He seems to be more relaxed in there and when he is in there he drops. When he does i ease my way down my rubbing his belly and get to Mr. man. He really enjoys it for some reason. He will go to sleep when i do it!!! lol.
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post #33 of 33 Old 01-25-2009, 07:27 PM
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Whenever I rinse joe off during summer i will spray up there. But a couple of times when i was grooming him, especially curry combing his back he would drop so I would just start picking stuff off the outside which isnt that dirty, then i cleaned in the sheath area a bit but i couldnt get most of the little stuff off because it was dry, need to get some ky stuff and clean it. I dont know if i ever got the bean out or not..... I could only do it for a bit cause Joe got a bit pissy. I am the only person who could do this to him lol he freaks out if anyone even touches him!! I might have the vet do joe properly next time he is out, shoulda had it done last week when Joe got his teeth floated.

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