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Ninamebo 09-02-2013 04:44 PM

In shock- biggest bean I've ever seen! Help?!
I have had my gelding, Max, almost 9 years. I make it a point to clean out his sheath every year. It's usually pretty clean, usually a small bean (about the size of a pea or so) and he sits fine through the whole thing.

Well, today was sheath cleaning day, everything was hunky dory until I got to the bean, and I almost didn't believe that that's what it was because it was so big. I actually had to press on either side of his part and squeeze it out, I was in shock! It's about the size of a walnut (I took many pictures for proof) but it got me thinking- usually with ones this big they have to come off in pieces and I have heard of the horse having lower back pain and kidney soreness after removal, what do I do next??

And how long do you go before cleaning a sheath? I think I may start doing it every six months now, poor baby. I feel like I've failed him..

smrobs 09-02-2013 04:52 PM

Hey, it happens. I cleaned one of my horses the other day (he's 9 and had never had it done) and pulled out a bean about the size of a shooter marble. He hasn't exhibited any residual soreness from having it removed, but I was extremely gentle and coaxed it out in one piece. As far as soreness goes, I'd just play it by ear. If he seems sore, give him a few days before you ride/work him again.

As for how often, again that depends on the horse. If you feel like you need to clean his ever 6 months or every month, then that's what you need to do. It won't really hurt anything to clean him and find nothing.

I'd gotten pretty lax about mine for quite a while and some of them hadn't been cleaned in several years but I worked through them all this summer. Most had very small beans except for Dobe and Nester, who didn't have beans at all, and Pokey, who had the huge one.

Ninamebo 09-02-2013 04:56 PM

The look he gave me when it was all over was like, "why on earth did we not do this earlier?!"

I'm glad I got it done though.
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LouieThePalomino 09-02-2013 04:59 PM

Wow I bet he felt much better after that lol
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Chevaux 09-02-2013 05:05 PM

My gelding will only let a bean check happen if he's sedated so I do that when he gets his teeth done. I've had him for two years (he's about 13 yrs now) - the first year he had a doozer (it rivaled the size of your find) and this year he had nothing so I can only conclude that it took him most of his life to build up the one he had. I'm afraid to say we (the vet, the tech and I) had a bit of fun at his expense over the size. The vet said she had seen geldings who had large beans actually urinate off to the side instead of the usual straight on whiz.

Golden Horse 09-02-2013 05:08 PM

Was it this big??


Not one of mine, but quite the find eh?

Ninamebo 09-02-2013 05:10 PM

It's hard because he normally goes out in the pasture- never been one to whiz in the presence of people (he's a bit of a drama king) so I hardly ever get to see him go.

Shock is beginning to wear off. Now I'm just happy that he will be more comfortable. Luckily he will let me clean him without a fuss
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Ninamebo 09-02-2013 05:15 PM

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I did wear gloves for actual extraction ;)

smrobs 09-02-2013 05:25 PM

Denny I can't even imagine how uncomfortable that one must have been LOL.

Chevaux 09-02-2013 05:29 PM


Originally Posted by Golden Horse (Post 3530009)
Was it this big??

Not one of mine, but quite the find eh?

OK, that is bigger but my guy's would have still made it to the finals.

At the risk of making a somewhat inappropriate remark - that thing must have made a visible bulge.

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