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    01-05-2010, 02:41 PM
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Thank you all again for the replies! The swelling appears to be going down, at least, he looks more symmetrical than he did this morning. Still no pain with the swelling, and Scout is acting totally normal.

@ mls: Our pasture is both icy and mucky right now. I hate it, but the horses are on weather imposed stall rest. I would not be surprised if the problem is related. I do lead him around for about 1/2 hour a couple of times a day to give him some exercise and keep him from going stir crazy, but even with the walks for the last month or so he's had it quite different from his summertime full day turnout plus hour-ish daily ride. I hate to try to walk him much right now, because his hind feet seem so sore, as I noted before (hopefully just post-trim tenderness, knocking on wood).

@ free_sprtd: I've replied to your pm, if you haven't already seen it. Thanks again! No swelling in legs, belly, or face. The only other issue is the lameness as of this morning. I'm definitely keeping a close eye on him. Several of the possibilities make sense as a cause, with my kind of luck its some of everything snowballing...

Thanks again, everyone!
     
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    01-06-2010, 03:33 AM
  #22
Green Broke
Glad you're figuring things out! Good luck :)
     
    01-06-2010, 01:47 PM
  #23
Foal
Im having a simular problem with my geldings sheath.It is also swollen but the cause of mine is pigeon fever. Where im from that's really a problem right now.
     
    01-07-2010, 10:36 AM
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Scout is doing better. The lameness is apparently on the mend, he's walking well on a straightaway, still cautious about turning, but improving.

His sheath is staying the same, still apparently not painful, and no changes in behavior. My mom (an RN) came out to the barn and took a look at him last night, and she thinks maybe he's just fat. He isn't obese, but he's about as heavy as he's ever been, going into winter. I would say about a body condition score of 7. My dad was telling me that some steers will collect fat in comprable areas, especially surgically castrated steers. Could that be another potential cause? Just odd fat accumulation?

Thanks again to everyone!
     
    01-07-2010, 10:42 AM
  #25
mls
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Originally Posted by Scoutrider    
My dad was telling me that some steers will collect fat in comprable areas, especially surgically castrated steers. Could that be another potential cause? Just odd fat accumulation?
Overweight geldings do move less - which can lead to the edema.

I'm curious as to your fathers comment about surgically castrated steers. We raise Simmentals and I have never heard the phrase "surgically castrated". Can you ask him to explain?
     
    01-07-2010, 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by mls    
Overweight geldings do move less - which can lead to the edema.

I'm curious as to your fathers comment about surgically castrated steers. We raise Simmentals and I have never heard the phrase "surgically castrated". Can you ask him to explain?
It sounded kind of odd to me, too, lol. We have a small herd of herefords, and we've used the elastic band method as long as we've had them. I just did some Googling and found this site: Castration of Calves

I'd never heard of anything but banding, but apparently the first bunch of feeder steers Dad bought were castrated this way, and got some similar looking fatty buildup around whatever the cow-terminology equivalent of the sheath is when they got heavy.

Dad's at work now (he called for an update, and mentioned the steers), but I'll definitely ask him about it when he gets home and see if he meant something different.
     
    01-07-2010, 11:07 AM
  #27
Yearling
We castrate bull calves in the stocks all the time with emasculators and a blade. I think because of the weather and timing of castration out here, people don't like the bands- cause too many problems with flies and sometimes go wrong if you don't know what you're doing (lots of hobby farmers and people new to ranching out this way). I haven't heard of the fat accumulation, but it does make some sense to me.

When I pulled my gelding's shoes he was really sore at first and didn't want to move around much which lead to lots of edema. After his feet got better and he started moving more, it resolved. The sheath is a pretty common place to notice edema, as well as lower legs and belly. Sounds like your guy is already on the mend. Hope he continues to look better!
     

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