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HOW TO CLEAN YOUR HORSE’S SHEATH
Let’s face it. Cleaning your horse's sheath is not the most
pleasant experience, but it needs to be done. Many people shy
away from it completely, but it is an essential part of being a good
caretaker to your horse.
Removing the smegma and any beans
that may be present inside the head of the penis will not only help
your horse feel more comfortable but will give you a chance to
check for sores, ticks and anything else that may need
Q: HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CLEAN MY HORSE’S
A: Sheath cleaning does not need to be done more than every three
to six months. Your horse’s sheath has a population of “friendly”
microorganisms that help maintain a healthy balance within. If you
clean it too frequently, you’ll kill these microorganisms disrupting
the natural balance - and your horse’s sheath is likely to get even
dirtier, faster. To protect those friendly microorganisms, never
use antibacterial soap.
Q: WHAT IS SMEGMA?
A: Glands in the lining of the sheath, called sebaceous glands,
produce a secretion called sebum. When this secretion mixes with
dirt and sloughing skin cells, it forms a gray to black material
called smegma. These secretions build up and accumulate into a
soft, wax-like deposit, or create dry, hard flakes that firmly adhere
to the skin.
Male horses naturally secrete this waxy, moisture
holding substance inside their sheath chambers, with variations in
amount produced, depending on the horse. Combined with dirt,
dead skin cells, and sweat, it can accumulate into a thick paste.
The smegma and cells that come from the actual penis often cling
to it and flake off like yellow parchment-like chips. There are two areas you will be
focusing on. The inner walls of the sheath chamber and the penis
“Isn’t smegma the most awful word? Imagine having oil, dirt and crud all conglomerated and sticking tightly where the sun don’t shine, having hooves and not being able to wash it off? It would certainly make me back up to a tree and rub my beautiful tail into a
Q: WHAT ABOUT HORSE’S IN THE WILD?
A: Horses in the wild – Stallions – have opportunities to become
sexually erect and potentially breed. This behavior naturally
sheds and expels most accumulations. Domesticated breeding
stallions have their penises gently cleaned prior to live cover or
artificial semen collection to prevent to prevent infections and to
keep the sperm free of anything that could cause potential
problems for the mare or developing foal. Removing the sex drive
by castration makes them much safer to be around, but doesn’t
allow them to self-clean.
“You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry –
The Little Prince
Q: WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED A ”BEAN”?
A: The “bean” is a common name for a specific collection of
smegma in the tip of the penis. The tube that drains the urine from
the bladder is called the “urethra”, and it protrudes slightly from
the center of the head of the penis. Just above the urethra is a
recess, a space, called the “urethral fossa”. (In Latin, “fossa”
means a depression, or hollow.) This area extends to the left and
right over the urethra, making it BEAN shaped. Smegma can
accumulate within this space and has to be manually removed.
Hence the term “de-beaning”. Sometimes there is just a small
amount of gray or white waxy substance in the edges or a few
round to oval shaped build-ups – small beans. In severe cases,
the debris can accumulate to the point that the large mass
compresses down onto the tip of the urethra, squashing the
opening and making urination painful. Typically, these horses
have a flat spray instead of a stream when urinating.
Again, this must be removed manually, and is much easier with the penis
extended in a relaxed, tranquilized horse. The beans can become
as large as a walnut if neglected.
STEPS TO GETTING YOUR HORSE’S PENIS SPARKLING CLEAN
Okay, let’s get started…
You will need a hose without the spray attachment, set to warm.
Some people use a latex glove or a sock turned inside out. Others use their hand so they have a better feel for removing the smegma. Whichever method you
choose, lubricate your hand well with our cleanser before you get
started. You may have to stop while cleansing to add more
cleanser to your hand or glove.
Make sure you have lots of cleanser on your hand, sock/glove
and apply it to the area. By now you will know if your horse is
going to cooperate. If so, stand facing your horse's rear on
whatever side you are most comfortable. Your shoulder and
hip should be snug against the horse so that if he makes any
move to kick you’ll know and can back out of the way. I like to use
crossties if the horse is accustomed to crossties. If not, it’s best to
enlist the help of a friend to hold him so you can concentrate on
the business at hand.
Begin washing the penis. You’ll feel the smegma and will gently
begin to peel it off. If your horse is especially dirty you should
apply your sheath cleanser and leave it on for a few minutes.
Smegma can adhere like it has been super glued on and if you try
to pull it off right away it can be painful for your horse. Let your cleanser do its job and begin to melt the smegma.
Now is the time to check for a “bean”. Gently push back the top of the
penis. You’ll see the “bean” and if it isn’t too large it will slide out
with a little help. If it is large you’ll have to get your finger behind it
a little and slide/pull it out with your thumb and forefinger.
Remember to rinse thoroughly after this step.
If your horse hasn’t dropped you’ve only been cleaning the inside
of the first sheath chamber, you’ll have to go deeper. In this case,
you’ll need to go in up to your elbow, so be sure you’re not
wearing your Sunday best. This is a messy business.
There is a second, secret inner chamber with a small opening
about an inch wide. Beyond this is where the penis is hiding. This
may seem daunting, but you can do it. Watching your horse's
reaction, gently reach inside and massage your fingers back and
forth around the sides of the penis.
Carefully, explore around with your fingers and slide off any smegma you find there.
Use more water and more cleanser as necessary. If you did not
check for a “bean” before, now is the time. Slide you finger under
the small pouch at the top of the penis feeling around for any
foreign body. If you feel a bean get your finger behind it and
gently remove it. If it is small, it will slide right out. If it is large,
you’ll have to get your finger behind it and slide/pull it out with
your thumb and forefinger.
Now all that's left to do is to rinse the area thoroughly with
clean, warm water. If your horse will allow it, run the hose (on
semi-slow pressure) up inside his sheath. Slide the hose inside
the second chamber and gently jostle it until the water runs clear
and no more chunks of smegma are coming out. This last step
will loosen any pieces left behind…
GREAT JOB! You’ve learned another crucial lesson in horse
husbandry. Next time your horse drops be proud of how
bright and shiny everything is down there, and know you’ve
done a great thing to ensure his health and comfort.
WATCH OUR EQUIDERMA NEEM SHEATH CLEANSER VIDEO AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE.
|Fast and Efficient!
Cold weather sheath and udder cleaning is always
a challenge. When I read that this product rinsed
quickly and contains no harsh ingredients I had to
give it a try. I am pleasantly surprised how fast
and thorough Equiderma Sheath and Udder
Cleanser got the job done. Because it’s freezing
here I can’t use a hose to horse to rinse them
clean, so I use a soft washcloth and bucket of
warm water to do the job. I try not to soak them
either because I know I wouldn’t want to be
standing out in the cold with wet sheath and
udders. Other products in the past took forever to
rinse off. You don’t need to use as much product
as well because it’s not a gel based cleanser. It
lathered nicely, not too much lather and broke up
the gunk quickly and rinsed even faster. My
horses are thankful!
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