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About a few years ago, one of our miniatures, Prankster, was diagnosed with a Habronema or summer Sore in the penal area. I had received a call from a friend of mine who said that Prankster was badly injured, and that it looked like a chunk of his penis was missing. I immediately called our vet to relay the message. I soon arrived at the barn to see the mini’s sheath out, and a bloody sore located at the tip. His penis had swollen to a massive size and the horse was not able to retract it. We were all very concerned because it could very well be cancer. Our vet took a sample of the sore and then injected it with ivermectin and medication. We watched, as he slowly progressed over a few weeks. As time went by, the swelling and the sore slowly went down. It appeared the sore was defeated, and that Prankster could be himself again. A few more weeks went by when I noticed that his sheath had dropped again. I inspected it and found that yet again, our archenemy was back. I called the vet and we gave him another ivermectin boost and applied cream twice a day, but this time around, the Florida sore failed to go away. It progressively got worse and was spreading up the sheath. We were all concerned and took another biopsy in fear that it could be cancer. The test results took longer that normal to get back and concern for Prankster was rising. The vet had told me that the reason a habronema is created is due to flies laying eggs into an open cut, causing a painful sore. Since we could not wrap the area, it was hard to keep the flies away, and I knew that if we could not keep the flies away, it would worsen. I attempted to keep them away with Swat cream and fly sprays, but no avail. Finally, I resorted to a plastic Ziploc bag with holes in it to wrap it around Prankster’s penis. To my surprise the device was actually working to keep the flies out. Unfortunately, Prankster soon broke the bag while rolling in the dirt, his favorite past time. I knew that I would have to make some adjustments to my brainchild. Meanwhile, the vet called and said that if only we could mosquito net the whole stall, Prankster may improve. However, would that suggestion be nearly impossible, and extremely costly. Suddenly, an idea sparked in my head and is soon got to work on the “Alpha Sheath Shield™”. Hours went by but I finally came up with my first design. I tried it on Prankster and it was working… No Flies!! When the vet came to check on Prankster he thought the Sheath Shield™ was brilliant and gave me some of his own suggestions for further comfort of the horse.
Since the use of the Alpha Sheath Shield™, Prankster had progressed extremely. Quickly, the Alpha Sheath Shield™ provided the protection from the flies that he needed, while he was healing. Sometimes summer sores may never heal due to these pesky flies, but our beloved Prankster did, thanks to the Alpha Sheath Shield™. The Alpha Sheath Shield is the solution to sheath summer sores!