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post #1 of 10 Old 02-04-2013, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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Old age symptoms in my gelding.

I went out to see my horses today. Brisco is my mom's horse, and Golley is my horse. Well, my mom saw something very unusual. Brisco is gelded, but his sheath was swollen up. We thought it might be ulcers - because we thought he had a mole last summer - and he's getting old so we thought he got cancer through the winter and it spreaded. But my mom researched it and found out that it was actually swollen for a few reasons:
1. he's getting old.
2. He's not getting enough exercise
3. We think it also might be because it's been so cold.
4. He's overweight.
5. The fluids in him aren't draining as well
So we are very happy to hear that Brisco is ok. It's not Hurting him,a nd its nothing serious. But it was funny because We were getting so worried and started comparing brisco between Golley to see if anything else was different. My mom was so worried it was cancer. But we are happy to hear it's nothing serious or bad. Yay for Brisco!!!! I love you boy!

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What was done to resolve the issue with him?
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post #3 of 10 Old 02-04-2013, 12:10 PM
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And you are sure its nothing to worry about why? Because you saw it online??

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post #4 of 10 Old 02-04-2013, 12:38 PM
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Often it also means they need their sheath cleaned.

I did have an older horse that seemed to have a swollen sheath just because he was standing around too much.......as soon as he was ridden it went down. Then it would stock up again. Ride him, it went down, etc. So I think it was circulatory with him (he was around 30).

If it happens with my other boys, I know I waited a little too long for sheath cleaning.

Although, for the first time the other day my 20 yr old gelding had a swollen sheath and I checked him and he wasn't particularly dirty. And when I rode him it went down. But the weather has been cruddy and he's been standing around most of the time, so I'm hoping it's just lack of exercise and not that's he's showing his age.

Oh, and they CAN get cancer down there. It seems to be common in Paint horses in my experience. Come to think of it, my 30 yr old Paint also had some small cancer lesions on his penis but the vet said he would die of something else first, and he did. But I also know a Paint that was put down for a large growth inside his sheath that made him uncomfortable.

So at the very least, you could have him cleaned and see if that helps.
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Wow, you learn something new every day. At what age does this start to happen if it is going to?? Anyone know?

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Wow, you learn something new every day. At what age does this start to happen if it is going to?? Anyone know?
Any time after their 6th birthday. Amazing how people beleive everything they read online. The horse probley needs his sheath cleaned or he has something else seriously wrong. And not all old horses have swollen sheaths thats not part of aging. I had a gelding that was 34 years old his sheath wasnt swollen OP you need to find out for sure what going on..
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@ nvr2many: No, we also had a vet come out and check him. They said it was nothing serious and told us exactly what we saw online.
Brisco is 21, this is the first time it's happened.
We clean his sheath everyday, so we know it's not that.
The vet just said to exercise him more and to watch his weight.
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post #8 of 10 Old 02-04-2013, 08:13 PM
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You clean his sheath daily? That's probably a little much.

I would suspect he needed a sheath cleaning first and if that wasn't the issue then I would probably have watched for a day or two after checking temperature and ensuring he is pee-ing.

I don't know that I personally would ever accept an "old age" explanation on a swelled sheath. It just doesn't seem right to me.
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Brisco's penis gets these hard things in it, so we have to clean it everyday. otherwise it could hurt him or maybe affecting his urination. lol

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A well placed "bean" can hinder their ability to urinate (block it) and cause swelling for obviouse reason. It is not something to "let go", and is easily remedied. I would thoroughly examine his "urine exit" spout.

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