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        07-02-2010, 06:38 PM
      #1
    Green Broke
    Unhappy Just a little "off" or should I call a vet?

    The past few days I have noticed Cinny standing a little "wonky." Today it was really noticeable, it's as if he has to pee...only he never pees he just stands like that for 5 or 10 minutes every now and again. Today he also seemed a little "off." I can't quite pinpoint what it was, he just wasn't really himself.

    His cap refill is GREAT. I skin tested him for dehydration and he had instant snap back, so doesn't really seem dehydrated. He has good gut sounds on one side, the other was a little more quiet than I would like. His eyes look normal. He seems really SLEEEEEEPY though even on the lunge. Normally he pins his ears and grits his teeth if I ask her to canter and today he just had no fight at all and went right into it. It's almost as if he were drugged.

    I put him in one of the empty barn stalls and watched him for a few hours and he seems fine now, however he does still periodically stand like he's going to pee but then does nothing. I've never really seen or heard of a horse standing that way before, and he hasn't ever done it before. I'm not sure if he's just having an off day or sometime is going on.

    I do know that his feed HAS been switched. They were feeding the paddock horses round bales of just plain grass, brome I believe and this week they switched them to an Alfalfa Mix.

    What do you think? New food? Off day? Or need a vet?
         
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        07-02-2010, 06:49 PM
      #2
    Showing
    It could be the new feed, IDK. How long has it been since he had his sheath cleaned? Maybe he does need to pee but then can't.
         
        07-02-2010, 06:58 PM
      #3
    Green Broke
    I haven't cleaned his sheath since I bought him a couple months ago. We are working up to it without much issue on his part and the times he has dropped I have been able to pulls stuff from it but it basically looks clean with just what looks like a little bit of black sand. No really big clumps or beans. I think this weekend it should be quiet with most people out at a show or celebrating so I think I should plan on giving him a good cleaning down there. That's a very good point and one that I didn't think about.

    He did make a HUGE puddle in the middle of the barn walkway though...so I think he can pee...
         
        07-02-2010, 07:18 PM
      #4
    Foal
    It kind of sounds like a bladder infection. I've seen people with bladder infections, and usually, it always feels like you have to pee, and when you finally can, it burns. Bladder infections can cause fevers, too, so maybe take his temperature? If he still seems off, I suggest you call a vet.
         
        07-02-2010, 07:25 PM
      #5
    Green Broke
    I was just thinking about that! Washing his ..... and checking for a bean. Bladder infection is a really good one too! Never thought of that! Lol
         
        07-02-2010, 08:01 PM
      #6
    Banned
    Yeah...i would clean his peep before too long. That could definantly cause some discomfort in peeing. Did he 'spray' when he peed? Was it all um...jerky?
         
        07-02-2010, 08:12 PM
      #7
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by corinowalk    
    Yeah...i would clean his peep before too long. That could definantly cause some discomfort in peeing. Did he 'spray' when he peed? Was it all um...jerky?
    nope it was a big thick solid stream like a garden hose on full blast
         
        07-03-2010, 11:51 AM
      #8
    Foal
    Lol, I love how no one ever likes to actually call their horses penis by its actual name.

    He could have a sore on the inside of his sheath, better get up there and have a look.
         
        07-03-2010, 11:54 AM
      #9
    Foal
    But definitely, if there's nothing in his sheath and his behavior continues, I seriously advise you call a vet.
         
        07-03-2010, 07:31 PM
      #10
    Green Broke
    Well, went down and cleaned Cinny's sheath for MY first time. According to his previous owner she NEVER cleaned his sheath and she had him since he was a weanling. Luckily, he enjoys it and almost fell asleep...whew.

    I was able to successfully get him to "drop" and I did not find even the littlest bean stuck on his tip. There was a lot of "crud" on the top of his opening which I massaged off with sheath cleaner. Everything else was smooth and slick. I did find a potential source of irritation. Before he dropped I had my hand up as far as it would go and worked his folds and stuck in one of them was a plastic straw wrapper like the ones on kids juice boxes. It was kinda stuck in there with the crud, who knows how long.

    When I finished rinsing him well I turned him out in the indoor arena as he suddenly had a huge amount of energy when I'm done. He kicked and played like he has never done before.

    He hasn't taken his weird stance all day, he is still on his feed and water and is urinating well. Maybe it was just an off day, we'll see.
         

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