bean in gelding
Is there any signs that your gelding has a "bean" and needs his sheath clean? I have always had mares and I know that it is time since the last time he had it clean was a few months ago by the vet when he was gelded.:oops:
It depends on the horse- some of them get dirty quickly and build up a bean quickly. Others never do... if it's been a few months, the only way is to go clean him and see how dirty he is. If he's not, count yourself lucky!
Also, sometimes geldings make that "noise" while trotting. It sounds sort of liquidy and deep. Like something sloshing around. Thats the sign he needs a cleaning.
If he was just gelded a few months ago, he may have some build up from the healing as well. Crusties and such.
i bought this stuff:
Horse Grooming Supplies: Gelding and Stallion Excalibur Sheath Cleaner
i clean my geldings sheath and remove the bean myself. My guy can usually go about 6 to 8 months before he needs to be cleaned again. Although, he does tend to roll around and kick up a ton of dirt and shavings, so i will stick my hand in there and just check to see how gunky it is and if he needs to have it done early.
Ditto the others.
Sometimes a gelding will stay dropped a lot if they need cleaned and/or have a bean. Or they could just be dropped because it's so horribly hot/humid:-|
Just an FYI, I only clean my geldings twice a year with some sort of sheath cleaner.
The rest of the times, I clean each one as needed with plain water and a wash cloth.
Using products too often to clean them, can destroy the good bacteria.
You're in Georgia with high humidity. The humidity can cause a horse to need cleaned more frequently, which my vet pointed out:-)
A sign that they need to be cleaned is that they rub their butt, much like if they have worms.
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They make that sound when they feel threatened, or are showing off/standing ground. I heard my gelding make that sound for the first time when his pasture mate was being hauled to her new home.
As a couple have said, watch for your gelding being dropped out. It doesn't even have to hang very low. This is a sign of pain and discomfort. If your horse drops often and colics, it's a possibility it may have been caused by the pain a bean causes.
I've witnessed my old trainer randomly pick a bean from a gelding after he had trotted the entire arena dropped, without stopping to urinate or what-have-you when he was allowed to walk/stop.
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