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post #1 of 5 Old 11-19-2009, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Allergic to stall bedding?

I am still trying to figure out why Thunder is swelling up in the sheath area and some in the surrounding belly. My newest theory is maybe he's allergic to the fir shavings? He's normally had cedar. The swelling goes down a bit if he is turned out for several days in a row, and with light to medium exercise. I dont' know maybe that's silly, I just really want to figure out whats wrong and the vet is no help at the moment. Here are my theories:

*Allergic to bedding
*Being stalled and not turned out each day (I try and get out there 3-4 times a week)
*Barn owner suggests that he's trying to push out toxins in his body since he was on a Dynamite probiotic (hasn't had it consistantly)......or because of the toxins in the bacteria from some small abscesses he's had months ago (that seems far fetched to me though).

I guess what I'm asking is what would you do if you were experiencing you're horse swelling up unexpectedly what would you do?

And if you have had your horse allergic to bedding before, what was their reaction?
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-19-2009, 08:19 PM
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Well is the swelling soft and pliable, or is it hard? If its soft, it could be some sort of edema (blood pooling) but if its harder, I'd be more inclined to say he's allergic and its something like hives. Is he swollen anywhere else? If he really were allergic he'd be swelling pretty much anywhere the bedding were to touch him, like his legs and probably the rest of his belly and some of his side, not just his sheath area. Have you had a good look at the skin where its swollen? It should look red or irritated and will probably be warm and/or broken out.

Have you called the vet? If nothing else, he'd probably stick a needle in the are and see if he gets blood or another fluid to make a final diagnosis and then give you an antihistamine or something. I would see if getting him on another probiotic (I use Optizyme, its like 20 bucks for a bag that lasts almost 3 months) would help the situation if you don't have money for a vet visit.

Just a random observation, why isn't he turned out every day? IMO thats not very healthy, and it could also be blood pooling because he doesn't have enough opportunity/space to move. Since you said it goes down with turnout and moderate exercise, I'd say thats also a pretty viable option.
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-20-2009, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much for the info that was extremely helpful! I went out today and saw that the swelling was pretty much gone, and after a good 45 min workout it was completely gone. There is very limited turnout besides the area (indoor and out) in the winter due to the fact that the paddocks would turn to mud. In the summer and decent weather, the horses are turned out 24/7.

I have called the vet and they obviously can't give any advice without seeing him. We are going in for teeth next week so I will have them glance at it then.

On another note, I talked to the barn owner and they are going to turn him out during stall cleanings and what not for him to stretch his legs. And im out there over just about almost everyday, but there are days that I miss.

Thank you again for your advice it's very helpful, I had no idea what to look for. And I'm now certain it's not an allergy to the bedding.
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Clean his sheath?

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post #5 of 5 Old 11-20-2009, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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I have have already done that the first time it swelled up over a month ago.Thanks for the advice! I got the info I needed.
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