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post #21 of 27 Old 03-15-2010, 07:16 PM
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I love that story! I can't even FIND Sunny's... erm...part half the tme, it's so far in there! One thing...the smegma (the gooey, sticky, tar-like crud) smells to high heaven at times, and that smell does not come off your hands easily! Rub as much hand lotion as your skin can take in then lube. Scraping a bar of soap with your nails helps keep it out from under the nail area.
I never did find a bean in Sun, I guess some horses don't develop them! You can see if there's a bean without touching the sheath at all. Look at the stream when he's peeing. If it flares out, is two streams, is fan shaped there is probably a bean in there.
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post #22 of 27 Old 03-16-2010, 11:30 AM
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I would slowly try touching it with a training stick and get him use to that first. Of course first make sure he is ok with you touching the stick other places. So there is not a fear factor involved with it too. What would concern me is maybe he is reacting so explosivly because it hurts? Once it warms up you could try gently running the hose over it too and then maybe squirt some cleaner up there just to help break up anything that is hiding. All my geldings don't mind being touched there and they are not what I would consider well behaved so I would be a little worried that he could have a bean or something causing discomfort. Here is a good gentle cleaner I have used.
Excaliber Sheath Cleaner (Farnam) - All Products - FarmVet.com
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post #23 of 27 Old 03-16-2010, 11:59 AM
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One thing...the smegma (the gooey, sticky, tar-like crud) smells to high heaven at times, and that smell does not come off your hands easily! Rub as much hand lotion as your skin can take in then lube. Scraping a bar of soap with your nails helps keep it out from under the nail area.

You can see if there's a bean without touching the sheath at all. Look at the stream when he's peeing. If it flares out, is two streams, is fan shaped there is probably a bean in there.
I figure if it ain't broke, don't fix it!
If you use rubber gloves or wash your hands with the agent (excalibar, dreft, etc) that you clean the sheath with - it comes off without any problems.

A flared stream of urine does not always mean a bean is present. Just as a normal stream doesn't mean there is not a bean present. You should check each time you clean the sheath for the health (and comfort) of the horse.
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post #24 of 27 Old 03-16-2010, 04:13 PM
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I have three geldings and have never found the "bean". My friend cleaned my paint's before a show though and found several! Can there really be more than one?
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post #25 of 27 Old 03-18-2010, 07:38 PM
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Well I was talking to some of the ladies out at the barn the other day while waiting my turn for the hose. Talking about sheath cleaning and how I read on here about how to do it and I didn't think I wanted to. The one woman said 'well lets see how he is about it' and reached under there and was able to put her hand up in there and pull out a bit of crud...he didn't seem to mind one bit. So I'm thinking I could get over my squeemish-ness of it...I do some pretty gross stuff grooming dogs so I shouldn't think of this as anything different than a necessary part of grooming....my question is.... what is a 'bean'?? Every time I think I have it figured out by the context of a sentence, then someone else seems to use it in a different context!
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^^HAHA! Your thoughts pretty much mirror mine. I mean, if I can deal with diarrhea, and vomit, and poop....I think sheath cleaning is pretty easy. At least in theory. My guy can't stand it if your hand comes within 10 feet of his package.

A bean is basically a little ball of smegma that gets caught in the groove around the urethra.
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post #27 of 27 Old 03-19-2010, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
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Well the vet did manage to check, said there wasn't anything in there that would be causing discomfort, no bean, nothing. He said that if it isn't bothering him, don't go for it... And if it does start bothering him I will definitely hire somebody else.
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