Male horses require routine sheath cleaning to prevent pain, discomfort, and even infection.
Years ago, before Tia Nelson, DVM, went to veterinary school, she worked as a farrier and helped a local veterinarian with lameness cases, “One day he took me along to look at a horse that was lame in his hind limbs,” she recalls. This gelding had been a futurity horse in training, but he had recently been “off” and couldn’t seem to get hand noted he was picking up his stifles exaggeratedly. “The veterinarian grinned at me and asked if I knew what was wrong,” she says. “I didn’t.” After sedation, the horse dropped his penis, and “The sheath was filthy, and the head was full of beans. This horse was absolutely miserable. We cleaned his sheath, and two days later he was doing fine with no lameness at all. Now I keep this possibility in mind when examining horses that are lame in the hind end.” While this dirty sheath case is extreme, it highlights what can happen if you neglect a horse’s male parts.
This video is for all of you who may be daunted by the task of sheath cleaning. I hope it helps you overcome your aversion. Your horse will thank you. Please download our free PDF tutorial below. Maybe keeping it around the barn will help others who feel turned off by the job of sheath cleaning.
Happy Trails,BethanyCEO, Founder, and Formulator – Equiderma