You have bathed your horse properly from head to toe. There may however, very well be a small area of it that you have missed - its private genital parts. Yes, just like human beings, every horse needs to be washed there too.
The anus is actually the first part you should consider cleaning. You can use the time to clean the area to see if there are any pinworms, which are visible because you will see some white streaks.
Generally, females only need to be cleaned with warm water. You can also use some gynecologist soap made for humans without a problem as well. This delicate area should be cleaned at least once a week.
As for the males, cleaning the sheath is not easy. This is mainly because most don’t like it and refuse to let you do your job. However, the longer you put it off, the harder it is to clean the accumulated dirt from the area. If it is absolutely necessary, you may have to use some form of sedative which will cause two things to happen. One, the horse will became much calmer and let you clean its genital areas. Two, the muscles will relax, causing the penis will drop by itself and therefore making it easier for you to be able to clean it properly.
Just like females, you will want to use a gentle soap or a gynecology soap. Do not forget to clean the testicles and between the legs well as these areas often get irritated because of perspiration.
Here are some tips and tricks on how to proceed with this delicate operation:
First, make sure you are not expecting any guests whatsoever at home. Sure, someone may drop by unexpectedly, so get ready to have a good reason (or excuse) to give to them!
Trim your nails so that they won’t scratch your horse’s tender area. Prepare a hose, a pair of rubber gloves and some baby oil, bring the horse over, and make sure you are in a good mood.
Use the hose or a wet sponge to wet the target area. Warn your horse beforehand somehow as it could be offended or react to the sudden cold splash on these delicate areas.
Place yourself close enough to the horse so as to sense any movement that could warn you of the horse’s stress or fright before it injures you. Try to avoid tying the horse down and trying to keep it steady with just your hands. If you go slowly, chances are it will accept what you are doing and let you carry on. Start by putting your hand on its stomach and slowly move in the direction of the area you need to clean. Once you get there, smear with baby oil.
Gently remove any accumulated dirt. You will notice that the penis is withdrawn or you may have to go in and search for it. Pull up your sleeves and go for it! However don’t push too much. Let the horse give you permission first. If the horse does not seem to want to let the penis out, just clean it with your hand by circling around it. Once again, be gentle. If you can, add more water and baby oil in order to loosen and remove any dried dirt around it.
Before finishing up, you need to look for a small, bean-shaped accumulation on the tip of the urethra. Although not all horses develop this, most do. The urethra is big enough to accommodate one of your fingers, so don’t be afraid to go in and search for it. It will feel like a small pea. If you find one, gently coax it out with your finger. Your horse will understand after you are done and it will be glad to be rid of it.
There is only one last step remaining - rinsing. Use the hose to rinse not only the outside, but the inside of the horse’s genitals as well.
There! You’re finished. This would be a good time to treat your horse to a couple of carrots. You will also want to scrub your hands clean, so take care of that right away. Make a note of repeating this procedure regularly because the more often you do it, the easier it is every time.
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