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post #1 of 10 Old 08-02-2010, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Question Should I be concerned??

My 10 y/o QH gelding seems to be urinating more frequently while riding (I haven't paid attention to pasture behavior). I know this is a strange question, but I need to know if I should have him checked out. Typically, while on a 6-8 mile ride, he'll urinate once, if at all. The last couple of weeks, I've noticed that in the same distance he'll go as many as three times. I live in the middle of KS, and we are experiencing heat indexes of up to 110. I don't know if this factors in or not - I've not noticed any change in the habits of the other horses. Input please.
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Has he been drinking more too?

When he urinates is he urinating what seems like a normal amount or just stretching out and only dribbling some?
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If he has been drinking more water because of the higher temps... I would say it is normal. Im in Fl and our Index has been 110-120 the last few weeks. And my horses are drinking alot more than normal. And as a result peeing more. If you havent noticed a difference in water intake you may want to ask your vet.

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post #4 of 10 Old 08-02-2010, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Has he been drinking more too?

When he urinates is he urinating what seems like a normal amount or just stretching out and only dribbling some?
Well, I haven't noticed that he is drinking more, but I have 5 horses and an automatic water tank. However, it doesn't seem that he urinates as much per episode. He has a strong stream, but the length of time he takes is shorter. Typically, he'll stop and urinate for enough time that you'd think he was raising the level of the river
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You need to be watching urine color and odor. I can tell you I cleane stalls last night and the urine spots were twice as wet as when I usually do them. We are talking puddles, and they are well maintained stalls.
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Typically, he'll stop and urinate for enough time that you'd think he was raising the level of the river
Yes, but is he urinating that whole time or is he straining to urinate and not producing?
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-03-2010, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, but is he urinating that whole time or is he straining to urinate and not producing?
Oh, no ... he is definitely producing. Even now, I don't notice any straining to produce ... just more frequency and less volume.
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You need to be watching urine color and odor. I can tell you I cleane stalls last night and the urine spots were twice as wet as when I usually do them. We are talking puddles, and they are well maintained stalls.
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Difficult to watch color and odor as he's on pasture 24/7.
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Has his sheath been cleaned regularly? If not then you may want to do so or have some else do so ASAP. Enough "gunk" in there can cause issues and pain while urinating.
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-03-2010, 11:12 AM
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If he's urinating when you are trail riding you can watch it.
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