Equiderma Neem & Arnica Sheath Cleanser cuts through smegma like a hot knife through butter making this part of your horse's care infinitely easier. It reduces inflammation and provides antioxidant benefits to help soothe delicate tissue.
"I am a professional sheath cleaner. I normally use hypoallergenic baby shampoo in my business as some horses are allergic to the tea tree in some sheath cleaning solutions. I tried Equiderma Sheath Cleanser in my business and found it to be extremely gentle and rinsed away easily. No harsh chemicals and all natural. 5 stars." - Donna K.
Carefully formulated with 100% active ingredients of: Neem Leaf Tea, Neem Seed Oil, Arnica, Chamomile, Basil, Pine Bark, Cherry Bark
1. Wet your horse's sheath well and lubricate your hand with the Equiderma Sheath Cleanser before you start. Use a hose, without the spray attachment, and set to warm. (If you’re lucky enough to have gotten your horse to drop his penis, a cold blast of water will send it packing.) 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.
2. There is a second, secret inner chamber with a small opening about an inch wide. Beyond this is where the penis goes when it fully retracts. This may seem daunting, but you can do it. While watching your horse's reaction, gently reach inside and massage your fingers back and forth around the sides of the penis and chamber wall. Carefully, explore and slide off any smegma you find there. Use more water and more cleanser as necessary.
3. If your horse is especially dirty, apply your sheath cleanser and leave it on for a few minutes. Smegma can adhere like “super glue.” If you try to pull it off right away, it can be painful for your horse. Let the cleanser do its job and begin to melt the smegma. Continue this process until the skin feels smooth and clean. Insert your hose deep into the second sheath chamber. Jostle and rinse thoroughly until water runs clear.
4. Check for a “bean”. Gently push back the top of the penis. You’ll see or feel the bean. 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 and slide it out with your thumb and forefinger. Remember to rinse thoroughly after this step. Checking for a bean is essential. They can grow very large as seen in the photo below and cause great pain.
Q: What is 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 called the urethral fossa. This area extends to the left and right over the urethra, making a BEAN shaped pocket. Smegma can accumulate within this space, and needs to be removed periodically. Sometimes there is just a small amount of build-up – small beans. In severe cases, the bean can accumulate into a large mass that 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, and rarely drop. The beans can become as large as a walnut if neglected. Below is a picture of 2 beans removed from a horse’s penis. They are sitting on a 2-inch fence rail. This gives you an idea of how big they can get when sheath cleaning is neglected. This horse was unable to drop his penis, had an irregular urine stream, and a foul odor coming from his sheath area.
GREAT JOB! You’ve learned a 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.
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