Athens Veterinary Service

625 West Limit
Athens, WI 54411


Sheath Cleaning

Some, but not all, geldings can develop over production of smegma, the normal waxy-like substance produced by their sheaths to protect the skin of the penis and urethral opening. A “bean” can develop at the urethral fossa. Bean(s) can make a horse uncomfortable and interfere with urination.

Many geldings get excess smegma on the inside of their hind legs when their sheath needs cleaning. Excess swelling of the sheath can also be a sign of a dirty sheath.  Sheath cleanings are often better accomplished with sedation and can be completed at spring and fall wellness exams when your horse is already sedated for oral exams and floating.