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    Ahem...explain how removing a bean *feels.*

    Well, I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that I had never cleaned a sheath until yesterday! Just never had a real opportunity/requirement to do so.

    Well, then my gelding came along. I knew he needed it done, but I've been procrastinating. Yesterday he dropped while I was grooming him and WOW. There was NO putting it off anymore! It was filthy! And it was kind of impromptu, so I had no gloves. Eek.

    With that said, he didn't drop while I was cleaning him, so I had to go by feel. I removed SO much absolutely disgusting stuff; I know it won't be as bad when we do it again in a few months. Now, I know how to clean sheath, but about that bean. I couldn't see where I was going, so I poked around and thought I had reached the opening to the urethra, but now I'm not sure. He dropped after we were done and the lower third of his member was still grimy. And I removed some crumbly gunk, but no bean, from where I thought was the end of the labyrinth, hee hee.

    So...I guess I didn't actually go far enough? Since I can't guarantee that he'll drop in the future, how does it feel when you find the right spot to remove the bean? I guess you can actually feel the bean itself? Is it hard to pop out? Gosh, those are gross questions. But be as descriptive as possible, please!

    p.s. He peed today and didn't hold the stance for as long as in the past, no signs of discomfort, so we did make some improvement. Just not sure about that bean, though!
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    My gelding would drop and as soon as he knew what I was about to do, he would suck it back up! And of course I would follow it up there. So I don't know how I would manage to find it. I was almost up to my elbow trying to reach in there. Gross, I know!

    The first time I tried sounds similar to yours, tried, but no bean. I tried again a few days later. What I did was use my pointer finger (it was suggested to me to use my pinky cause it's smaller, but for leverage reasons I went with the pointer). You kinda have to "get up in there" and I had my finger in a hook-like position and just scraped in a circle around the whole perimeter on the inside. Does this make sense? You'll know when you find it and you kind of have to roll it out. Weird thing is that for some odd reason I decided to go up in there a couple days later and got another one out!

    I don't know if you know what they look like, but they're white-ish and of course look like a bean. I do have to say though, when I pulled that first ****** out... boy was it gratifying!! Oh, and the first attempt I was really gentle (kind of tip-toeing around in there), but since that was unsuccessful, I did it with more confidence I guess and it worked. Sorry if this was confusing. I hope I helped a bit! Good luck.

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    All I can say right now is I'm glad I have a mare! Her udders are easy to clean compared to what sheath cleaning sounds like!
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    Honestly, I have no idea how you could find the bean if he hasn't dropped.


    That being said, a horses urethra is very sensitive! I always leave this part up to my Vet - but he was kind enough to show me exactly how to get it out. Make sure your fingernails are short, and make sure you have some KY on hand. Sometimes the bean can really be stuck in there. This may sound gross, but bear with me: first, find the end of the urethra (easy enough, right?). Gently move the urethra back (towards the ground) and apply some KY or mineral oil in that area. Gently message around that area, and gently stick your pinky finger in there and feel around for it. Sometimes the cavity is quite large and it can be pretty far back there. Once you've found it, lots of lube and lots of wiggling will set it free. Also, some horses don't even have beans! Good luck!

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    Basically, what SKB wrote is how I do it. I don't use a lubricant and I don't wear gloves. It's so much easier to me to feel what I'm doing whether it's cleaning or getting the bean.

    You are up in there so far it's amazing When you find the tip, gently (well, I'm not that gentle) put your finger in the hole and fell around a little. You can follow the outside of the hole pretty easily. You'll know the bean -- it's almost like Play-Doh, only smoother, if that makes sense. Kind of milked down coffee color. It should be the only obstacle you encounter Just hook it with your finger (I use the pointer) and pull it out.

    Also, when my horses are dropped, I quickly peel back the head and flick out the bean. You need to be very quick and know what you are doing!

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    I do it the same way as SKB and Javanewt. For Lasair though - he has a bean on either side - like at 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock. So I always need to get both beans.

    I do use a sheath cleaner or baby oil when I clean sheaths as it helps break down all the other grime...and I do it all by feel because he never drops it for me so I have to get my arm all up in there. I rinse it out by sticking the hose in there and swishing things around. LOL
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    Exxxxxxcellent. I figure that I definitely wasn't up in there far enough. It was pretty far, but not crazy far, and I just didn't feel a bean. And I know that he's almost certainly got one, because he hadn't been cleaned in probably years before this time and the rest of the area was filthy. I've never seen such dirty private parts before.

    I just used Suave body wash; didn't have anything else. It lubricated really well, was easy to wash off, and helped loosen the grime nicely. And my hands didn't smell after cleaning either! I think I'll keep using it since I had such good results and it didn't irritate Jake's skin.
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    Hey everyone!

    Erm sorry to sound stupid, but what is a bean???
    I've never read or even heard anything like it, in books or around the stables!
    Help

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    The horse pretty much has to drop down..

    You just grab his weiner, and stick your finger (I use my pointer finger) into his.. I'm not sure what it's called.. Right beside where he pees.. And your finger goes in a circle.. The bean (if he has one) will be hiding in there.. It's white/yellowy..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaminedelalande View Post
    Hey everyone!

    Erm sorry to sound stupid, but what is a bean???
    I've never read or even heard anything like it, in books or around the stables!
    Help
    The bean is a collection of grime inside a gelding's "member". It's located inside the urethra and needs to be removed every once in a while to keep the whole sheath area clean and comfortable. I don't think a lot of people talk about it because it's rather gross. I actually don't know too many owners that even know how to clean a sheath. They usually have a vet do it.

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