First I would like to say is that this happened almost 10 years ago.
But I still think about it from time to time.
Some of the best vets in our area could not figure it out and I spent well over $4,000 in medical expenses on this gelding with in a year.
Instead of making this to long to read I will shorten it up nice and sweet.
The thoroughbred was only 9 years old and lightly shown and well conditioned for 4H and possibly own shown in a few class's. Halter, English & western pleasure and trail for extra points.
We also trail rode once a month.
He was always healthy, no issues, vices or problems.
Had a normal diet and fed quality hay.
One day at a home show we were standing in a line down the rail and like a gelding would he stretched out to pee "while being judged"
Well he didn't pee he got an erection, started heaving like he was about to throw up.
As well all know horses cannot throw up.
I immediately dismounted and tore the saddle off and started walking him. I thought he was collicing, as well so did everyone else.
It wasn't more than a half lap and he was fine. One of our boarders was a vet and she came out took his temperature, a blood sample, heart rate the works and I said do what you have to do to fix him!
That was the end of his day for showing. He got a bath and put back into his stall. The vet said he checked out fine to her check up and we would wait to see lap tests on his blood and mouth swab.
2 weeks later the vet checked him out 100% fine and told me he may have been just tying up.
Vet gave me alot of advice and some medications to help his digestive and insides. I can't remember what they were it was to long ago.
This issue happened 3 more times that year.
The last one was the worst.
He was turned out in the indoor while stalls were being cleaned with another older gelding. While my TB just fell mid stride and had a seizure, erection and all again. This was the first time he fell over mid stride!
Unfortunately the vet came in and said he is unsafe to ride that time, if he is going to be having theses problems. As he had them more frequently.
The medications didnt help, and at this point he has been laid off for 6 months for riding to monitor.
A very good friend of mine loved my TB and asked if she could buy him, knowing his problems. She needed a pasture pal. He still lives his life out on pasture and healthy as a horse.
I keep tabs on him and visit still and he has gone down a few other times. Some scary some not so threatening.
But he has left vets stumped!
And when he finally pass's on we wish to send him to cornell University for further testing on this weird problem.
I figured this would be a great conversation here.
Its a old story but worth the read and comments from others and their reviews on the matter.