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post #1 of 25 Old 06-19-2012, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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Culprit behind Drifter's pain

Everyone meet the biggest bean EVER!! (that I have ever seen anyways) This is only the first part the vet got out. 3 more pieces of equal size followed. My face was like

And poor Drifter went from to to

So hopefully all of his issues are fixed for a while. Cannot believe I did not think of this simple solution before. I am ashamed of myself right now. Having one of those moments where I'm like "WOW I should not be allowed to own horses". I never thought a sheath could cause that much trouble. Shows what I know

Sorry for the bad quality. Took the pic of this piece on my phone as soon as the vet worked it out. Didnt know it turned out so blurry :/
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post #2 of 25 Old 06-19-2012, 12:34 AM
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that was in his hoof?

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No, No. It was in his sheath.

What really makes me mad at myself is that I KNOW about sheath cleaning. His previous owner gave me vet paperwork where the vet claimed they had cleaned him just before I bought him. So I didn't think twice about it. Mentally kicking myself right now for not double checking. Who knows the last time my poor boy had a good cleaning before today. *sigh* you live, and you learn I guess.

EDIT: For reference in that picture, the stones next to it are just odd pebbles on the wash rack floor from hooves and such. I zoomed in to get a good picture of the piece (tried to make it good anyways, urgh, blur! Oh well) so it looks a little bigger than it really was. It was about the length of my pinky and almost as thick around as my ring finger. Which I don't have overly large hands or anything...but you get the idea. But imagine that piece and 3 others like it and then imagine that being in your 'privates' *shudder*. That thing was a honker. My vet claimed it was definitely in his top 10 of biggest ones

*back under my rock of shame I go*

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Oh wow. How was he acting before he got cleaned? I need to have my geldings area cleaned I'm scared to do it myself. I don't want someone walking by when I'm cleaning him and thinking I'm some perv weirdo lol
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OMG!!!!!!

Don't blame yourself, you figured it out and everything is fine now :)

Never trust previous owner's advice on last shots, sheath clean, etc. unless you have records from the vet!

Glad he's going to be okay!!

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He was suffering from EXTREME stifle/flank area pain. You put the slightest touch in the area and he kicked out. Which for Drifter was a red flag for me immediately because he is pretty much non reactive. He also came up lame the other day, which the vet is saying he believes was caused by a strain due to Drifter trying to evade the massive pain he was feeling coupled with his tender back feet.

The difference in him once he was cleaned was AMAZING. I am talking completely different horse. I can rub all over him, brush him, push hard in the spots he was angry about before and he just relaxes into my touch like he used to. So the pain went away just about immediately.

He is getting his back shoes on tomorrow, so hopefully with his shoes, a clean sheath and a few days of small paddock rest he will be back to normal. I need to give his strain some time to heal but vet is confident it will not take longer than a week. There is a little swelling still on one side, though no heat. I am treating it with DSMO cream and hosing with cold water for 15 minutes every day 2x a day.

He is in a small paddock with another herd buddy who is also recuperating from some issues so they are keeping each other company. Hopefully he will be sound and ready to go by this time next week :)
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OMG!!!!!!

Don't blame yourself, you figured it out and everything is fine now :)

Never trust previous owner's advice on last shots, sheath clean, etc. unless you have records from the vet!

Glad he's going to be okay!!
I DID have records from the vet. That's the paperwork I was talking about, and that's the reaosn I was so quick to believe it. A big part of me wants to call his old vet and ask 'what gives?'. Theres no way they can tell me they honestly cleaned his sheath 6 weeks ago and it already looked like THAT.

Surely that wouldn't be possible...and makes me wonder what else they claim they 'did' that they didnt no
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Hmm that leads me to believe either they missed some or your horse is one of those that needs cleaning very very often.

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My vet said he believed it never happened :(

He told me I probably indeed need to keep an eye out and check him often, but that there is no way a sheath could get THAT bad in a little over a months time on an otherwise healthy horse.
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Man that's really a shame.... :/

But at least it's nothing serious!! I'm glad about that!
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