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post #1 of 8 Old 10-30-2010, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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Slightly swollen sheath

Yesterday i noticed my horse was standing like he was going to pee, but nothing happened so i geared myself up to clean his sheath today and try and find a bean. So i went out to the barn this morning and enlisted a friend to help me, mostly in case he tried to kick me. I should mention that there was a pee spot in his stall (we checked) so it's not like he can't pee, just maybe like he feels he has to but then doesn't.

I managed to clean a bunch of smegma out from the inside of his sheath but i could not get him to drop. A few times he looked like he was going to drop but then the tractor or something would get his attention so he didn't. I couldn't check for a bean. I plan on going back out when they bring everyone in and it's all quiet then maybe he'll drop and i can poke around in peace.

That's not my problem really, i noticed while i was cleaning that one side of his sheath seems slightly swollen, it's not huge and i only noticed it because it felt different to the other side, a little bigger. Looking at it i could hardly tell. Could this be a result of how much gunk was stuck up in there? I mean there was a lot, i got loads out when i was rubbing the excalibur in and then when we washed it out a lot more came out with the water. Do i need to be concerned that he might have an infection?

It's odd because i cleaned him not too long ago and didn't find a bean then but i did get a lot of smegma that time too. I'm going to check it tomorrow and if it's still swollen by monday i think i'll call the vet out. Me and my friend are going to check for a bean again tomorrow. Oh, another thing, he was very very pissy when i got him out of the field today, then i went to work him and he had this look in his eye like "if you try and ride me i will dump you off". He was just in a really bad mood today, probably because of his gunked up penis, poor baby.
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post #2 of 8 Old 10-30-2010, 09:27 PM
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He was just in a really bad mood today, probably because of his gunked up penis, poor baby.
That always puts me in a bad mood!

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That always puts me in a bad mood!
Yeah i can imagine :)
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My horses sheath will get swollen sometimes when he isn't worked or getting turned out kind of like stocking up only in his sheath ha ha. I was concerned and my vet said its happens sometimes to geldings. Also had a horse that had some slight swelling and couldn't drop and they think he got bit or stung by something.

My friends horse wouldn't drop and was having a hard time peeing and he had a small kidney infection.

I would watch and just see if the swelling gets bigger, and make sure he is peeing.
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My horses sheath will get swollen sometimes when he isn't worked or getting turned out kind of like stocking up only in his sheath ha ha. I was concerned and my vet said its happens sometimes to geldings. Also had a horse that had some slight swelling and couldn't drop and they think he got bit or stung by something.

My friends horse wouldn't drop and was having a hard time peeing and he had a small kidney infection.

I would watch and just see if the swelling gets bigger, and make sure he is peeing.
I will don't worry, i've got the people who clean the barn on the look out for pee too. If it's not better by monday the vet will come out, and i've got someone to split the call out charge with as she needs a coggins for her horse.

He can drop, he was dropped yesterday and wandering around the field like that. i sometimes think he's just proud of it you know.
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I cant get my 3 geldings to drop when i clean but i just move it around and ive never had a prob getting the bean but there sheaths have never swollen up so idk thats weird maybe bug bite ...
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Yes geldings can stock up in the sheath. He could be pissy from having his sheath cleaned. Things down there are sensative, and get irritated easily. He could just be a little sore, or chafed up.
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I cant get my 3 geldings to drop when i clean but i just move it around and ive never had a prob getting the bean but there sheaths have never swollen up so idk thats weird maybe bug bite ...
It took 3 days but i finally got him to drop, i checked around the urethra and couldn't feel anything hard or bean like so i guess he was just sore from having so much gunk in his sheath. The swellings gone down and he's happy to let me touch around that area now without trying to kick me. maybe it was a bug bite, maybe it was just so gunked up it became irritated. who knows.

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Yes geldings can stock up in the sheath. He could be pissy from having his sheath cleaned. Things down there are sensative, and get irritated easily. He could just be a little sore, or chafed up.
he was sore before i cleaned it. the swelling went down after i cleaned it, he had so much smegma up there and it smelled really bad; i could smell it when i was brushing him. ew. i didn't find a bean once he finally dropped, mind i only had a few seconds to quickly poke around before he sucked it back up.
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