Prolapse Harness

The most effective and gentle "antidote" for a prolapse. The soft red nylon webbing minimizes risk of tissue damage around the udder and vulva (a much too frequent result of homemade twine efforts).


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Common Uses

Used to hold a vaginal prolapse in long enough to get the ewe to her lambing date.


  • The neck, back and leg straps each adjust to fit ewes of all sizes.
  • Snap buckles enable easy attachment, removal and adjustment.
  • Made from 1" and 2" nylon strapping.


  • Allows you to help the ewe carry her lambs to full term.
  • If prolapses are treated when small, the success rate is very high.
  • Makes the ewe more comfortable and able to urinate on her own.
  • The neck, back, and leg straps each adjust to fit ewes of all sizes.
  • We find that these harnesses will last for many years with moderate care.

How does it work?
When a ewe strains, her neck drops and her back arches. This pulls the cross webbing of the harness tighter against the vulva and also pulls the retainer (if one is used) into the ewe. Most ewes soon cease to strain.
Although ewes can lamb past a harness, we remove it when lambing starts.


An animals' tendency to prolapse has strong genetic links. So it is good management to cull any ewe that prolapses from the breeding flock before the next breeding season--and do not retain any of her lambs.

Do not grab onto the harness as a way to catch a ewe. The buckles are designed for harness adjustment only.

Listed below are recommended optional components or related items. Your particular situation may require alternative recommendations. Please call and talk to our consultants if there are any questions at 800-282-6631.
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By Eddie Straiton.
Average Rating: 4.6 out of 5
Number of Reviews: 10 customers reviewed this product.

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We keep one of these on hand in each lambing barn because prolapses are messy, troublesome and can take the fun out of a lambing season. If a prolapse is treated when it is small, the success rate of treating a prolapse with a harness is very high. Our harness takes the old baling twine method and adapts it with reusable materials and a more comfortable fit for the ewe. We recommend using the harness with the retainer spoon until the ewe stops straining, then we remove the spoon and slightly loosen the harness.
Date: April 13, 2015
Nathan R from Muscatine County Iowa
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Twins. The day that this harness arrived ewe A35 was having issues. She wore the harness for three weeks. She calmed down, relaxed and was able to stabilize. We noticed she was going to labor and removed the harness in the evening. The next morning we had two terrific healthy twins delivered solely by mom. A terrific early Easter gift brought to us by the prolapse harness.
Date: February 24, 2015
David M from Michigan
Would you recommend this product? Yes
We have kept several on hand during lambing and fortunately have not used them much. I modified the front part by adding a strap so there are two straps in the front that go diagonally from the back across the chest instead of a single one around the neck. It allows the ewe to get her head down better to eat but also allows it to be tightened up more. A long dock definitely helps keep the back part in place over the perianal area.
Date: February 19, 2015
Martin ( from Iowa
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Great tool to have on hand. Tends to slide off to the side if there is no tail on the ewe. We fixed that with an extra piece of twine on either side.
Date: February 3, 2015
Lynn/ware R from Arkansas
Would you recommend this product? Yes
We really like this harness in conjunction with a prolapse "spoon." We use the harness to tie the spoon to since we have hair sheep and goats. We keep one in the mule during the birthing time of the year for emergencies.
Date: May 14, 2013
Patricia P from Georgia
Would you recommend this product? Yes
First time to have a ewe prolapse. Easy to put on and worked well. She even lambed while wearing the harness! Ordered another one so I can have several on hand. It does seem to slid off to the side. Had to adjust it several times.
Date: April 8, 2013
randy r from Wisconsin
Would you recommend this product? Yes
The harness worked wonderfully. My ewe surprized me by having her lambs while wearing the harness. It did not hinder the birth process at all.
Date: February 25, 2013
Luke W from Iowa
Would you recommend this product? Yes
I have several of these harnesses, and I really like them, however I need to modify them to keep them from sliding off to the side. I cut the strap that goes under the tail, to allow them to spread out further. Then I tie twine to connect the strap behind the leg to the strap in front of the leg. This seems to work well.
Date: November 13, 2012
Jackie J from wisconsin
This harness works. The only problem that I have had is the plastic adjuster clip on the back strap breaks. I found that if I tie a knot in the strap it is still a useful harness.
Date: March 31, 2012
Peter P from NH
Would you recommend this product? Yes
I had purchased one of these a few years ago after seeing my 1st prolapsed ewe. It remained unused until 4 weeks ago so I ordered a 2nd one right away. We are now watching a bouncing 13 lb lamb which we might have lost along with the ewe. When being used, you do need to check daily for fecees which can get packed up. If there is a next time I would experiment with removal after a couple weeks since I was lucky to be there when her water broke. I highly recommend having this item (and a spoon) on hand.
Date: March 1, 2012
Cathy W from Kansas
Would you recommend this product? Yes
This harness worked great for a 2year old Boer doe that had a vaginal prolapse. It was very easy to fit and stayed in place very well. It needed slight adjustments as the nylon did stretch after a few days. Great product, something everyone should keep in the medicine cabinet.
Date: February 7, 2012
Crystal E from CA
Would you recommend this product? Yes
This harness has worked effectively on both rectal and vaginal prolapses in ewes heavily pregnant with triplets. Every time I've caught the prolapses in the early stages, which I'm sure helps. I've never had a ewe lamb past the harness, so I can't comment on that. Quality made and effective.
Date: March 25, 2011
Carmen O from Virginia
Would you recommend this product? Yes
I had never heard of a prolapse harness or retainer until I saw it on this site. I've never had vaginal prolapse in my ewes, but I figured, Why not?" The day after it arrived, my neighbor called to ask for the vet's number because one of her ewes had prolapsed. Talk about timing! I took it over, we put on the harness and inserted the retainer, and the ewe was up and feeding her lamb in no time! The savings on that one vet visit alone paid for this thing 10 times over; I ordered a new one that very afternoon, I wouldn't be without it now!
Date: October 24, 2010
Judy B
Would you recommend this product? Yes
I purchase my first prolapse harness about 2 years ago. I raise myotonic goats so a bit of adjusting is needed as the goats are not as long in the loin but it still works. I purchase my second harness recently as I have several does who kid triplets and quads and who are 10 yrs old. So far, this harness is all that is needed to hold the prolapse in. I have not had a doe kid with the harness on as I have a small herd and am able to closely monitor these does but it appears there would be room to kid.I would recommend this harness over stitching a doe shut.
Date: February 27, 2010
Rod S
Would you recommend this product? Yes
I cannot say enough about this product. If installed properly its 95% effective. It takes some patience to put on but so worth it. I run 300 poly ewes and used the harness on 5hd. Two sets of triplets 3 sets of twins. All lambed past the harness. I do highly recomend having ewes seperate to observe during birth. These same 5 ewes if sewn by vet probably would have kept straining and blew out agian, then you have avet bill and a dead ewe! Any vet that says this product doesnt work has never tried one. I have raised sheep for 30 years and never used a product with such dramatic results. One more note. After the prolapse is back in place and the harness is snuggly installed the ewe will calm down and stop straining!