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post #1 of 3 Old 09-02-2012, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Bye bye Smegma!

So, my Percheron, Ahab, has the most horrible smegma problem I have ever seen. It cakes on his belly, and smears down both hind legs in thick, black, smelly globs. I clean his sheath with baby oil and Excalibur and his legs with everything I can think of, including Excalibur, shampoo, cider vinegar, Krudbuster, etc., and sometimes I fear I will rub the skin right off of the poor boy.

This has been an issue with him for the nine years that I have known him, and suddenly, it is resolved! He is like a normal horse, with just normal sheath cleaning needed. No smegma on his belly or legs at all, and the only thing I have changed is his diet. I changed his feed from Triple Crown (which I love) to a very high fat diet, based on Omegatin (20% fat) with oil, ground flax seed, black oil sunflower seeds, and supplements along with plenty of hay. He looks great, and smells even better! Could this diet really alter smegma production, or is it coincidence?
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-03-2012, 10:52 AM
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That's interesting, I would be curious if it does or not.

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post #3 of 3 Old 09-03-2012, 11:00 AM
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Hmmmm......I don't know. Mine have always been on a no grain forage diet with coco-soya and flax seed. I have one with mottled skin color who is constantly crusty. The other who has black skin is much cleaner. Both get beans. Both are full draft--3/4 Percheron 1/4 Belgian.

Glad you found something that is working for you!
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