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!