How to Clean a Horse's Sheath

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If you have a male horse who is rubbing its tail on trees or the fence for no apparent reason, he may need his sheath cleaned. A build-up of dirt and smegma can cause irritation in a gelding or stallion. Most horses should have their sheath cleaned once or twice annually. Learn how to clean a horse's sheath by following these steps.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Sheath cleaner
  • Arm glove
  • Water hose or bucket

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  1. 1

    Catch the horse, and tie him safely. Brush him to calm him before cleaning the sheath. You use a water hose to clean the sheath or you may give him a bath and incorporate the sheath cleaning as part of it.

  2. 2

    Wet the sheath with a water hose or sponge. Using a sponge and warm water may help some horses relax more than cold water from a hose, although with a hose it is easier to rinse the area.

  3. 3

    Apply the sheath cleaner to your gloved hand and slowly work your hand into the sheath. If your horse drops his penis, the job will be much easier. If he doesn't, you can still clean the sheath by using your hand and arm.

  4. 4

    Work your way into the sheath, gently scrubbing the sheath cleaner along the way. You should feel bits of grime and smegma coming off. Make sure to remove all of this when cleaning.

  5. 5

    Remove the bean from just inside the urethra. You can slide one finger about 3/4 of the way inside the urethra opening. You should feel a small bean. Gently pull the bean out with your finger. You may need more water and sheath cleaner to do this.

  6. 6

    Rinse the sheath thoroughly until all of the water runs clean. Leaving sheath cleaner and residue in the sheath can cause irritation.

Tips and warnings

  • You can clean the sheath without using a glove, but an unpleasant smell will cling to your hands for at least a few days.
  • Don't use antibacterial soaps or shampoo of any kind to clean the sheath. Use only sheath cleaner and water.

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