Cleaning the sheath is something that is unpleasant for the horse as well as the owner, but is necessary for your horse’s health. The purpose of cleaning the sheath is to remove the smegma, which is excess dirt and other excretions that build up inside the sheath. This should be done at least once a year.
Some horses will also develop what is called a bean, which is a firm lump of smegma that hardens inside the horse’s genital area. If your horse develops a bean it’s best to remove it as soon as possible so that it doesn’t cause your horse pain. If the bean gets too big it can cause a blockage and the horse won’t be able to urinate.
Before starting the process, you will want to have all the items you need such as rubber gloves, towels, bucket, cleaning products and warm water. This is not a job for the faint of heart it can be smelly and is messy. [Read more…] about Cleaning A Horses Sheath