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post #1 of 3 Old 05-12-2011, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Possible Urinary Infection? How do you know?

Okay so my 13year old mare never pees inside the building she always goes outside. Almost 3weeks ago I got a new yearling and built her a nice stall in part of the mares large room. I used only a quarter of the room and its a pretty big stall for the yearling so I know space isn't an issue.
Pilot, my mare, keeps on peeing(usually small amounts at a time) in the part of the building she can access. But, I saw her urinate outside and it was normal without problem(lets just say plenty of pee).
It is getting hotter and she is drinking more water. I thought at first she was just to lazy to go outside so she would go inside. Then I thought maybe she has came into heat and is marking herself as being availible. This could be a probablitity if the new yearling wasn't a girl but that has been ruled out.
So now I'm on the hunch that it is a urinary infection. The urine is normal(I've got to addmit i've never really observed her urine before so I don't really know what normal is) but, there is NO blood in it. It is a creamy yellow (but the urine isn't thick) and smells like pee.
If you have a guess (or answer) on what is happening please reply. Also if you do anything you would give a horse to help with it. I can't afford a vet bill right now so I'm looking for some things that I can do and afford.
Thanks for your time (i know this is a long message) and responses.
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-12-2011, 05:45 PM
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Your post was kind of hard to follow. Are you saying your mare now pees inside where she didn't before but she only goes small amounts inside compared to outside?
Could she be staying inside because the baby is in? Is there adequate bedding where she urinates inside? If not most horses don't like to splash so maybe that is why she only does a little at a time- inside

Horse urine does not look like people urine, it is more creamy yellow, gritty too

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post #3 of 3 Old 05-12-2011, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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yes...she will pee a little inside while she is standing next to the yearlings stall and 2mins later she'll do it again. There is only dirt where she had been going but I put down some wood chips to help asord the moisture so it would run down into the little one's stall.
Sorry about the randomness. My mind kept rambleing from thought to thought.
Outside there is plenty of tall grass to make it not splash. She had never had a problem with going outside before.
I think it is because she doesn't want to leave the yearling but I'm tired of the building smelling like pee and being slippery.
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