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post #1 of 8 Old 01-11-2011, 01:22 AM Thread Starter
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Question does his sheath look swollen?

I know it's a bit hard to tell online, but does his sheath look swollen?
He is having no problems urinating, and he doesn't show any signs of discompfort, but the vet is coming out sometime within the next few weeks, so i'll get her to look at it too, but anyway, is there anything that may be causing his sheath to swell? any thing i can do to reduce the swelling in the time being?
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-11-2011, 01:35 AM
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I can't really tell if it is swollen or not but I do know that if a gelding's sheath isn't cleaned it can lead to swelling.

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post #3 of 8 Old 01-11-2011, 02:11 AM
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from the front he looks a little swollen, next time he drops look to see if theres any noticeable crusties (i know it kinda sounds gross but thats what happens when you have a boy ) not sure how your relationship is with him but my boy just stands there to clean him but i've had others that had to be sedated. thats probably all it is
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post #4 of 8 Old 01-11-2011, 06:42 AM
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It is hard to tell since I do not know what his sheath normally looks like. Not all boys are shaped the same.

The sheath is a low spot that sometimes unrelated edema can pool and make the sheath look swollen.

If your boy is not having any trouble urinating and he does not get any more upset than usual if you check out everything in that area manually I would assume it is not something that requires an emergency call. It is worth discussing with the vet when they are out there in the near future though.
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It looks a little swollen but then again We dont know what he looks like normally it could be a bean.. My horse was swollen and he would kick at his belly and it was cause he had a bean

heres what a bean is and a pic as to where is would be located

What is "smegma"? Smegma is a collection of dirt and excretions, builds up inside the sheath and must be removed for the sake of the horse's health. It is not the most pleasant thing to do, but it is essential. If you don't or can't do this, you should have your veterinarian clean your horse's sheath at least every 6 months.

What is a "bean"? A firm lump of smegma that has collected and hardened inside the horse's penis. This lump or "bean" must be removed as often as possible. It can cause serious pain to your horse. There have been thousands cases in the last year where the bean is overlooked by the owner and becomes so large that the horse can no longer urinate...which may also cause other problems due to blockage.


A: is where you would find the bean
B: is inside the sheath area
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From the side it doesn't really look swollen but it does look a bit puffy from the front. I would definitely check his daddy parts. Do you clean his sheathe regularly? It seems to be somewhat regional, I've talked to some horse people that look at me like I'm perverted when it comes to sheathe cleaning,lol. It really is necessary though. Jack is my first horse and I didn't know about sheathe cleaning at first, luckily I have a few very good horsey friends that filled me in.
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-11-2011, 12:24 PM
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A few years ago my geldings sheath swelled, vet came out and found nothing wrong, there wasn't a whole lot of smegma or anything, the swelling never went away, i clean him regularly and there is never a whole lot to clean, the vet as no idea why it's swollen but it doesn't bother him, and at his age(mid 30's) the vet says it's not serious enough to put him through unnecessary testing
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-18-2011, 01:43 PM
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Along with cleaning, If your horse has been in the stall for a little while, there may be a build up of extra fluid (is he an older horse? The older the horse the more time it takes to reabsorb the fluid) It doesn't look like there is a lot of fluid built up(if it is fluid) When my friend's horse had this sort of problem(only much worse) we had to just walk him by hand 20 minutes two to three times a day. Then we could ride without a saddle (he had swelling all under his belly too) Once he wasnt tender we were able to use a saddle and just keep the rides calm, not too hard (no cantering or trotting at first)... hope this helps a little :)
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