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Old 04-01-2006, 01:30 PM  
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What does that sound mean?

I was out at the barn today giving my horse the Bute he needed for the day, and I took him to the creek to give him water, and a friend of mine was lunging her horse in the paddock beside me, and his stomach was making this odd noise as he was trotting. I don't really know how to explain it. It was like and bouncing, scrunching sound. Or like the sound a persons stomach makes after you have drank alot of water, just not as sloshy.

Does anyone know what I mean?
Stupid question I know..

I just didn't know what it was that caused that?
If it was bad or what.

Any help?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-01-2006, 01:44 PM  
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Geldings sometimes make a funny sound when they trot. Not sure why, but I'm sure someone on this board probably knows the answer to that.
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Old 04-01-2006, 02:00 PM  
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I've always heard that it means the gelding needs his sheath cleaned.

When a "bean" is formed, which happens after it hasn't been cleaned in awhile, and that is what causes the noise.
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Old 04-01-2006, 02:07 PM  
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My mare stomach does that. I have never ridden a horse that didn't make the noise. I know exactly what you mean too. It is hard to explain. I don't know what is it, nothigni to worry about, normal. It is funny sonding isn't it? All of my horses do that and so has every other horse i've been around.
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Old 04-01-2006, 02:12 PM  
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Geldings and stallions alike will make a swooshing noise as the structures inside the sheath move and roll around. Some are quite loud, depending on the size of the sheath and internal structure

It causes no harm to the horse.

Sometimes a good sheath cleaning and bean removal will help, if the sheath is slightly swollen from the smegma.

Interesting note here: Some mares, due to larger udders, will also produce this sound, but it is usually quieter.
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Old 04-01-2006, 02:22 PM  
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I always wondered that myself. Thanks for this...
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Old 04-01-2006, 02:55 PM  
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Both my horses make that noise. 1 mare and 1 gelding...

My gelding's sheath is clean and no bean, he's always made that sound...
My mare also makes that sound.

I always thought it was from their hind legs rubbing together Especially once they are good a sweaty...
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Old 04-01-2006, 03:05 PM  
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All sex of horses can make that noise.

I had a mare that did that as well, never foaled so it wasnt her bag, as a stallion and its the stomach area, not the sheath, towards the flank.

They drank to much before working them.
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Old 04-01-2006, 03:28 PM  
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I always thought it was from their hind legs rubbing together Especially once they are good a sweaty...
That's just because your horses are fat, like mine.
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Old 04-01-2006, 04:14 PM  
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That's just because your horses are fat, like mine.
HAHA that was good.

Anywhos, well from the looks of it, its not harm so no worries

It was just so awkward, it kinda made me laugh at first

But I guess all the explinations make sense!
Thanks everyone, for answering my confusing question
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funny noise

All my horses make this noise...except the minis! Wonder why the minis don't? The donkey doesn't either.... It's embarrassing in the show ring, though!
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Old 04-01-2006, 11:41 PM  
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My riding instructor calls them "sheath farts"

Its the same kinda noise some boy will make by putting their hand in their armpit and flapping the other arm up and down
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Old 04-02-2006, 07:33 AM  
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I just asked the same question to the barn owner the other day. She told me it was the sheath also. She said when they were little the barn owner told them "It's the hay in there bellies" so she believed this for a long time, and recently found out what it really was Now that confuses me about mares making the same noise
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Old 04-02-2006, 07:42 AM  
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I've always referred to it as "noisy gut". I don't know what the cause is, but it seems to come from inside...
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From a veterinary manual; "The penis begins just below the anus, but the only part which can be seen is that which lies within the sheath, covered by a special fold of skin called the preputial fold.", "The sheath is quite voluminous and movement of the penis within it may cause a sucking noise when the horse it trotting."
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Come to think of it, I've only heard one mare do it.. and she was quite "plump".

I've never heard it from other mares... just the studs and geldings.
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I have heard mares, stallions, and geldings all make that sound.
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When I was in highschool I had a round little pony named Candy and she would make a squishy wind sound when I rode her. I figured I was pushing the air out of her, so I didn't ride her too often, she was a fun one though.
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Old 04-06-2006, 12:16 PM  
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Someone once also told me it was the sheath making that noise and I thought they were pulling my leg. Now my friends ask why my horse makes that noise and I tell them and we laugh together. Inever thought the person who told me that was telling the truth.
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Old 04-06-2006, 01:23 PM  
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Well if it is the sheath, then what causes it on mares?
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