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post #1 of 17 Old 06-07-2010, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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Horse pees when running. Why?

One of my buddies I barrel race with has a 3 or 4-year-old mare that will urinate on herself when she is running. The other day I noticed her peeing when she was just sidepassing. My friend says it's just nerves, and I heard someone else say it could be a busted gut. (???). I've looked it up on google and can't get a clear answer on why this horse could be doing this. Does anybody else have a horse that does this?

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post #2 of 17 Old 06-08-2010, 01:52 AM
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Is she in heat? Or does this happen year-round?
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No, she's not in heat. That's what I thought could be wrong too, but it's not.

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post #4 of 17 Old 06-08-2010, 11:22 AM
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A 'busted gut' would cause death, not her urinating on herself.

I've never heard of a horse doing that. It could be nerves, but she could also have a UTI.

That would worry me, since it's so unusual. I'd have a vet take cultures and see if she has an infection.
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I'd be concerned about a UTI as well.
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Ditto, that just doesn't sound right. I've always been told a horse has to stop to pee?
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Could it be a urethral fistula? Not sure how that would happen to horse, just an idea.
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post #8 of 17 Old 06-08-2010, 06:17 PM
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Ironically, Shay-las retired mare did that all the time as well. Turns out, she has either a severe soft tissue energy or a potentially fractured vertebrae (unable to determine without x-rays which we can't get without driving to the next province). I assume the extreme pain of having a rider on her back likely decreased her ability to control her bladder as she was concentrating so hard on keeping those muscles tight.

She's 19 and now retired, but was ridden her entire life without a diagnosis. Everyone just thought she was "fresh" when she spent her time bolting and bucking.

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Please encourage your friend to consult a vet. This is not normal to my knowledge.
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post #10 of 17 Old 06-08-2010, 08:52 PM
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Its nerves. My barrel trainer said you would see mares doing that all the time at barrel races. I have seen several mares do it at barrel races to. It seems to only happen to young mares.

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