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    08-14-2011, 05:02 PM
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Sky on Stall Rest-- Weird behavior?

My horse Sky has been on stall rest since Wednesday, 10th of August.. so five days. He's used to being out in pasture, or outside in general so this has been quite a change.

He has started to pee and poop in the hay they give him, but eats all of mine. He has also had a bit of swelling (at least what I can tell) in his man parts, and trouble going to the bathroom sometimes? I'm not sure if the problems going are linked to him going in his hay... someone told me geldings often mark their hay so maybe he was trying to mark it but had none left in the reservoir?

Just worried.. having the vet clean his sheath and check for beans this Tuesday since I haven't learned how and rather not traumatize my horse.

Thanks!

Addition: I have been mucking out his stall two-four times a day to keep flies away and also since he IS living there for 2 weeks.. I don't want him uncomfortable. But I have been taking out that hay he has been going potty on and today I was spoken to about it by a ranch hand... am I doing the right thing or should I leave it in there?

Keep in mind, he is on stall rest for 2 weeks, minimal hand walking.
     
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    08-14-2011, 07:21 PM
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By all means clean his stall. He's also breathing the ammonia if it the manure and urine remain there. Are you sure it's hay he's soiling and not straw. If straw he won't eat it unless it's oat straw.
     
    08-14-2011, 07:33 PM
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Green Broke
My gelding does that too. And great that you called the vet to check his penis! LOL That was my first thought!

It might be too coarse like saddlebag said about the straw. Is yours different quality?

You can get a hay net or a slow feed bag to minimize hay wastege.
     
    08-14-2011, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
By all means clean his stall. He's also breathing the ammonia if it the manure and urine remain there. Are you sure it's hay he's soiling and not straw. If straw he won't eat it unless it's oat straw.
Definitely hay.. thick stalk alfalfa and poor quality grass that he is given by boarding in a stall. The helpers got so mad when I tossed it.. but he shouldn't be eating hay that he has peed all over and pooped on.. especially on stall rest! He has very strange bedding.. it's not woodchips nor the powder.. it's slightly brownish grey. Never seen it before, but it soaks up everything really well.

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Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald    
My gelding does that too. And great that you called the vet to check his penis! LOL That was my first thought!

It might be too coarse like saddlebag said about the straw. Is yours different quality?

You can get a hay net or a slow feed bag to minimize hay wastege.
Haha I know.. it was so awkward talking to co-boarders about it. They turned red when I told them what was going on.. but it is important that he is healthy in all aspects!!

A slow feed bag? I've heard haynets are okay as long as they aren't eating out of them a lot.. but I've not heard of the other kind. I was thinking of getting a tire or something and putting the hay in there, that way he can't pee on it as easily and it won't spread out as much.


Thanks for the help, :)
     
    08-14-2011, 08:03 PM
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Have the vet check him for kidney infection that can cause alot of peeing problems.

Especially since he had a sudden change from pasture to stall rest.

Curious why he is on stall rest for ?
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    08-14-2011, 08:06 PM
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Anvil: :( I am such a mess

He got a mysterious inch and a half deep puncture wound the diameter of my pinky on the top of his left leg (where our armpit would be) and had stitches.

:(

The hay issue.. I'm thinking http://www.doversaddlery.com/product...&ids=977119767 something like this that is removable (he won't be here forever..) and that they (the ranch hands.. they are spanish speakers and try to rush through everything to get it all done.. so trying to make things easier for all of us, and for Sky!) can toss his hay into without having any trouble

Of course I wouldn't have it too high up since that isn't good for him either, I could buy a some chains to hook on the existing ones so it would be lower down, but still not on the ground.

Good idea??
     
    08-14-2011, 11:51 PM
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This is a large "small hole" hay net.

this one is way cheaper

These net bags with the small holes can be hung lower as the holes are small enough to not catch a hoof. You could fill the bag for the stable hands so they don't have to mess with that part of it. They could hang it up at feeding time. The cheaper ones would allow you to buy 2 for less than the Dover one.

Too bad if they don't like you tossing out filthy hay.... Your horse isn't going to eat what he pees on anyway..

Edited to add.. OR you can go to walmart and buy a big tub with the rope handles in housewares and use that for hay. :)
     
    08-15-2011, 01:14 AM
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Okay Appyt, thanks :)
     
    08-15-2011, 12:11 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Haha I know.. it was so awkward talking to co-boarders about it. They turned red when I told them what was going on.. but it is important that he is healthy in all aspects!!

Yeah LOL I was telling my friend yesterday about having to clean her gelding's sheath... She looked at me like "WHAT?!?!" And I had to do it for her.

A slow feed bag? I've heard haynets are okay as long as they aren't eating out of them a lot.. but I've not heard of the other kind. I was thinking of getting a tire or something and putting the hay in there, that way he can't pee on it as easily and it won't spread out as much.


Thanks for the help, :)
Why would it be bad? Hay nets are very good for horses! They slow down the eating process so it replicates more of a grazing aspect, it keeps them nibbling longer then just tossing the hay in a pile. It will also prevent him from tossing it around and peeing on it.
     
    08-15-2011, 08:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald    
Why would it be bad? Hay nets are very good for horses! They slow down the eating process so it replicates more of a grazing aspect, it keeps them nibbling longer then just tossing the hay in a pile. It will also prevent him from tossing it around and peeing on it.

Err was that bolded section what you added?

Well I bought these hay holders and he seems to be doing well...
     

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