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  • Why does my horse keep peeing
  • My mare is urinating alot and it is dark brown in colour .can you help?

 
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    09-09-2009, 04:17 PM
  #1
Foal
Urinating ALOT?

Ok I know this sounds weird but...

Everytime I work with Andy he pees numerous times. As soon as I get him out of the pasture, he will pee. Then when I ride him he will pee anther 2-3 times. This is all in a period of less than 2 hours! I have never worked with another horse that peed so much. And each time he will get all parked out and stand for a minute or more before he actually starts to pee. Also today when I rode him in the roundpen he kept stopping to "pee" but he never would do anything. I would cue him to walk and he would take one or two steps and then spread out like he was going to pee again. I waited for atleast 3 minutes several times to see if he would pee but he never did! We did this stop and pretend to pee thing for like 20 minutes before I got off. I started to lunge him and he stopped doing it. I took him out of the round pen to ride and he started to do it again!

Is it possible that he knows if he pretends to pee that he can stop working? Can horses get UTI's or other urinary problems? Should I be concerned?

Thanks for any help!!
     
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    09-09-2009, 04:43 PM
  #2
mls
Trained
Horses can indeed get bladder and kidney infections. They can also develop kidney stones.

Another issue could be a bean. When was his sheath last cleaned?

Lastly - horses will park out as if to urinate if they are colicky.
     
    09-09-2009, 04:51 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by mls    
Horses can indeed get bladder and kidney infections. They can also develop kidney stones.

Another issue could be a bean. When was his sheath last cleaned?

Lastly - horses will park out as if to urinate if they are colicky.
I cleaned his shealth last month and got a bean out.

I will defiantly keep a close eye about the colic issue, I don't believe he is colicking but thankyou for the information. I will also look up some more info on bladder/kidney infections so I can know the symptoms to look out for. Thanks!
     
    09-09-2009, 04:57 PM
  #4
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by andysgagirl    
I cleaned his shealth last month and got a bean out.
I have a gelding who develops beans way too frequently!

We had a patient in the clinic the doctor could not understand why he still acted colicky. When the horse dropped to urinate, I could see he was - for lack of a better word - GROSS. I mentioned to the doctor about a possible bean and he said 'duh', never thought to check something so simple!

I hope that is all it is for your guy!
     
    09-09-2009, 05:00 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by mls    
I have a gelding who develops beans way too frequently!

We had a patient in the clinic the doctor could not understand why he still acted colicky. When the horse dropped to urinate, I could see he was - for lack of a better word - GROSS. I mentioned to the doctor about a possible bean and he said 'duh', never thought to check something so simple!

I hope that is all it is for your guy!
I do know that his previous owner cleaned his shealth almost weekly, which I always thought was insane... But I will check him again tonight or tomorrow. Hopefully that is all it is!
     
    09-09-2009, 07:45 PM
  #6
Yearling
Aside from what was already said, he may be slightly tying up. When horses tie up they will stretch to pee, but wont. He may just have a very mild case. But that can get worse if not addressed.. just my 2cents
     
    09-09-2009, 09:13 PM
  #7
Foal
What is "tying up"?

EDIT:
Well I just looked up tying up. These are the symptoms listed:
The following symptoms may indicate that a horse is tying up:
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  • Obvious discomfort and irritability
  • Abnormally short strides
  • Profuse sweating
  • Muscle stiffness, contraction
  • Difficulty moving
  • Elevated pulse and laboured breathing
  • Brown coloured urine resulting from the kidneys filtering myoglobin from the blood. (Myoglobin is an indication of severe muscle damage.)
  • Inability to sleep
The only one he has is sweating but it was the middle of the day in hot humid GA. He was sweating before I even started working with him. But we were only walking. I worked him in the round pen a bit before riding but I warmed him up and cooled him down. I didn't make him canter too much either since it was so hot.

I also read this:
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Tying up is more common in young Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds that are either high strung or not fit. Fit, well-trained and well-bred horses are better able to deal with higher levels of lactate in their systems.
He is a young QH, he is high strung, and not in the best shape at the moment. But I don't really think this is the problem because like I said he was just walking and I wasn't holding him back. It's so hot here he doesn't even want to trot.

Thanks everyone for your suggestions! I will defiantly use all this information to keep watching him for a possible problem.
     
    09-09-2009, 10:12 PM
  #8
Yearling
What it didnt tell you is that those are just some symptoms and they don't all have to be there. Some horses will just have trouble peeing and will stretch and not pee. Later on they will pee but it will be darker than normal. It can be anything from slightly darker (not a bad tie up) to almost black (really bad could die from it tie up). The subtle tie up (only a few syptoms, not really bad) we tend to call an internal tie up. I've had a few horses with that, you would never know they had tied up had we not drawn blood
     
    09-10-2009, 01:10 AM
  #9
Yearling
Try catching some of his urine in a very clean glass jar and dropping it off at your vet's for a urinalysis. If you can't get it to them immediately, store it in the fridge for no more than 12 hours before having it looked at. They may be able to tell you if there is a UTI or something more serious (stones, etc) without you having to bring him in. Some clinics will want to see the horse though. At any rate, it is a good first step and if you want to bring him in, try to bring some fresh urine along as well. A blocked or infected urinary tract is a serious problem.
     

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