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post #11 of 16 Old 04-26-2013, 12:42 AM
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^^ This. If he has been thoroughly cleaned, including checking for a bean, most likely it is from lack of moving around. Happens frequently in winter.

If it was from lack of urinating or an infection, he would try to go more often but wouldn't get anything or just a little out.
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post #12 of 16 Old 04-26-2013, 12:44 AM
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If it was an infection, you would see the horse straining to pee because that causes a sensation like they have to urinate but it burns.
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well went up this morning and swelling has completely gone and looking back normal iv put it down to it needing a cleaning :S bit strange as only cleaned not that long ago, also can some one tell me exactly what is meant by bean? confused lol

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post #14 of 16 Old 04-26-2013, 10:35 PM
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When I asked my vet about cleaning the gelding's sheath his response was maybe once yearly, no more frequent than that and preferably only if it warrants it, like the swelling. There are a host of protective bacteria in there which washing removes.
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post #15 of 16 Old 04-27-2013, 01:20 AM
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The bean is located in the tip of the penis. There's a small pocket above the urethra (I think that's what it's called) where the pee comes out. When the penis is completely out, you push back the skin and it usually exposes the bean.
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post #16 of 16 Old 04-27-2013, 01:46 AM
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my boy had a similar thing happen the vet put it down to an insect bite while lying on the ground or a bee/wasp getting trapped under his rug
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