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  • Is it normal for a gelding to dribble urine when relaxed
  • Would a gelding dribble urine when with a mare

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    07-25-2008, 04:17 AM

Sorry for the kinda gross topic guys! But while we were grooming our 11.2 hand, 15 yo gelding this arvo, we noticed he was dribbling urine on and off the whole time. It was really weird because its never happened before.... could he be developing incontinence?? I've never heard if this happening in horses though. But after about 15 minutes or so of dribbling, he went did a big wee. Is this anything to worry about?
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    07-25-2008, 08:05 AM
I have no idea if it could be incontinence, but it seems to me that it would be wise to contact a vet about this. He might have some other problem. Maybe a bladder infection or something.
    07-25-2008, 03:44 PM
Any time they do things like this or anything out of the ordinary call the vet
Bladder infections can travel quickly into the kidneys and they are very painful.
Is his stomach area tender to the touch?
    07-25-2008, 05:55 PM
It probably was a one time incident. Just like geldings dropping when they are relaxed, who knows what was going on with him then. Maybe him being to relaxed?

Could be sign of an infection or something else going on but I wouldn't worry about it unless you notice it continues to happen over a longer period of time (days, weeks).
    07-25-2008, 06:14 PM
When was your horse last vaccinated against Equine Herpes Virus (Rhinopneumonitis)? Is he exposed to other horses? Has he shown any signs of being off at all besides the dribbling?

You should contact your vet for an exam and start taking his temperature daily--in the morning- to note any changes that could indicate infectious disease. If he continues to dribble, you should collect a sample for your vet to check as this will help determine if there is an infection that is causing the problem.
Also, note any other changes in attitude, behavior, etc as these can help to pinpoint what is going on with your horse.
    07-25-2008, 07:03 PM
Thanks everyone. Apart from the dribbling, he is completely normal in every other way. I think I'll just keep an eye on it for the next few days and see how it goes.

Btw what is equine herpes virus? Around here everyone vaccinates against tetanus and strangles only. Perhaps its not in Australia.
    07-26-2008, 12:24 AM
It's definitely in Australia, in fact it's in most of the world. Equine Herpes Virus causes abortions, upper respiratory infection and neurological disease in horses worldwide. It is very easily transmitted, is carried by a large population of the horses world-wide and can be a nuisance or deadly. One of the common signs seen with neurological disease caused by EHV is urinary incontinence.

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