Time for yearling Gelding Maintenance!

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  • How to remove a gelding bean
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    02-19-2011, 10:35 PM
Time for yearling Gelding Maintenance!

Lube up those arms, it's time to go elbow deep in sheaths

I did Red Man for the second time in his life today, he did very well and calmed down about it pretty quick. No kicking, only fidgeting. I couldn't get his man bit really squeaky clean, but I got all three beans out and the outer chamber of his sheath his smegma free!

Loki was the same as always, a little "Whoa what are you doing!" at first, then pretty much just dozed off. I got another two BIG ones out of him, and got the whole deal pretty clean. Only lifted a leg once, then decided to step forward instead of trying to kick.

Divo is a whole different story :( He's five years old (stud up until four in a half or so) and I don't think has never gotten cleaned. He's stopped dropping to pee and has been peeing inside his outer sheath chamber, as I saw today. Not good! He has three BIG beans again, even though I cleaned him last August/September. I only managed to get one, did get some vasaline in the outer sheath (I lube heavily up to the elbow).
Once he figured out he couldn't kick with the right foot, he started kicking with his left. You can't even touch the outside without him kicking, poor boy is so nervous I'm going to go after those beans again.
Still same old sweetheart Divo, just with a tender sheath. I'm going to have the vet come out as soon as possible to pull coggins on Red and sedate him so he can be safely cleaned. Rather have a groggy pony then a kicking one!

Anyone else do their Yearly Gelding Maintenance yet?
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    02-19-2011, 10:45 PM
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The vet is coming with a nice tranquilizer. I don't think my 4yr old has ever been cleaned and it's so bad, my trainer was pulling out handfuls of crap while dodging his kicking, so there is no way we can check for a bean until he's sedated.
    02-19-2011, 10:56 PM
Gargh...my gelding goes NUTS when I try and clean his sheath, let alone remove a bean. I was going to start a thread asking for everyones tips and tricks about how they get the job done.

My horse sucks it so far in when I try that youcan barely feel it at all, let alone find and remove a bean. Poor dude needs done badly, too. Might have to get him sedated!
    02-20-2011, 01:45 AM
I will admit that I pay my vet to do the sheath cleaning:)
    02-20-2011, 02:16 AM
Originally Posted by shesinthebarn    
Gargh...my gelding goes NUTS when I try and clean his sheath, let alone remove a bean. I was going to start a thread asking for everyones tips and tricks about how they get the job done.

My horse sucks it so far in when I try that youcan barely feel it at all, let alone find and remove a bean. Poor dude needs done badly, too. Might have to get him sedated!
I use a quick-release knot and tie them somewhere safe (i.e, nothing that can be bumped into to or stepped on, other then a sturdy fence). I usually groom them first, give them a cookie and start off by just rubbing the outside of the sheath and legs. Get them used to the feeling of Someones Hand is Down There.
I face the back of the horse, and snuggle my shoulder into the flank, using my left hand (I'm right handed) to then reach into the sheath. With my right I usually hold onto the upper tail (make sure your horse is okay with you playing with his tail first). It's great for balance, mine usually lift it anyways so I just grab hold
Start off just working the opening, then slide it in all in one go. Make sure you don't have any long, sharp, or rough nails! Rub the outer chamber, get it nice and lubed up. Then slip a finger into the back compartment and work around the shaft as best I can to get off the crusty stuff. I locate the urethra and work out the bean(s) as quickly and carefully as possible. It helps if you push on the outside with your thumb, using your index to fish out the lump.

If they try to kick, all they can really do is push against you with your shoulder socked against them like that. It's pretty easy to move to and fro with them if they decide to fidget, I gave Red a moment to fidget then braced myself and told him to cut it out
I haven't been hit with a hoof when being kicked at from the other side, if you do it right, your arm will be right in the sheath area, and no horse will kick himself in the genitals :)

I really argued with Divo, I carefully tied him, socked in there, and did the whole song and dance. Every time he kicked, I responded with a smack on the rear to express my displeasure at being kicked at. Went on for about five minuets, then I gave up and rubbed him down, I didn't want him shutting down on me and he was obviously unhappy! There are some things he's just sensitive about (haltering makes him a bit fidgety, he needs work yielding his head to pressure, standing tied calmly).
He was fine afterwards, acted like nothing happened Just gotta call the vet for this one!
    02-28-2011, 06:09 PM
I cleaned my gelding for the first time last weekend after reading posts on here that it needed to be done and I was completely shocked at how well he did.. lol he didnt even flintch. I have had him since he was around 8 months old so I know he has never had it done (hes a little over 3 now) but I was amazed at how much of a pro he was acting like.. :) SO proud of him! I was for certain that he would spaz out! That's his typical way when he has to have something done he doesnt want.. Now.. I have a mare to.. is there anything I should be doing to her?? Not to change the thread or anything.. Thanks!
    02-28-2011, 06:17 PM
Aidan got drugged to get his teeth done so I got him good and clean while he was to out of it to complain last week ;)
    02-28-2011, 07:05 PM
See i've wondered about this and have talked to quite a few people and have gotten different answers from almost every one about how often the clean the sheath or if it even needs to be done at all. So you guys (who have posted already) do this once a year and that's that? Hum... I have a 9mth old colt so i'm wondering if starting him off now might be good for later on when he's a bigger boy.
    02-28-2011, 07:25 PM
Some horses at my barn get real bad and have to be done twice a year. But Aidan gets by fine with an annual cleaning.
    02-28-2011, 07:41 PM
Wow, guess I'm lucky. My boy loves it. He practically needs a cigarette afterwards!

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