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post #1 of 10 Old 09-17-2013, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
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10 month old colt wont drop his penis to pee

Hi im after some advice please we have a 10month old tb colt who has a little problem- his penis doesn't drop when he pees or even when he is relaxed/sedated, it just balls up in the sheath and the pee dribbles out and runs down his legs (wich means I have to wash him down everyday ). I have had two different vets look at it and both had a different opinion. One said he needs surgery to fix the problem(the skin in the sheath is preventing it coming out on its own) or I should put him down and the other said to just leave it and it will eventually come out on its own. Has anyone else had a horse with this problem and if so did it require surgery or did it come good on its own? Im from Australia and im not having much luck finding anyone who has had a horse with this problem so hoping to find someone who may be able to give me some advice and hopefully there is someone out there who has had a horse with similar problem.Thankyou
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post #2 of 10 Old 09-17-2013, 02:27 AM
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Just bumping this up for you. Sorry I can't really help.

I have had only one foal, which was a colt, and he had several problems after he was born (including a patent urachus) but the dropping to pee issue wasn't one of them.

Best of luck and hopefully someone will see this and can help you. Actually, if this were posted in the Health section it might do better. Best of luck with your boy!

(Actually it seems like it took my guy a while to be able to drop down fully.....like he dropped partially down but not all the way until he was older. But I don't remember the age on that, but I'm sure it was well before 10 months. But I wonder if it is normal for them not to drop fully at first and your guy is delayed for some reason?)
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Don't put him down
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I also wish I could help but without examining the horse myself, it would be impossible for me to even make a guess on whether it would need surgery or if he might grow out of it. What I'd likely do is get a 3rd opinion from a totally different vet and also ask around to any experienced horsemen you know (folks who have been around horses for decades and had large numbers of them come through their barn).

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I would be looking to go to an equine speciality hospital at best or a person who is very experienced with horses. I think euthanasia is still on the table but it really depends on the horse and what a vet sees. I have never heard of a horse that would not drop at all and instead urinated on himself. That would lead to urine scald which would be painful.
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Is the vet able to manipulate his penis to be exposed at all? My inclination would be to try to manually assist daily with gentle stretching of the skin.

If that doesn't help or isn't possible, I would inquire further about the surgery - it may be a minor thing - just a little cut to eliminate the skin that is causing the problem.

But, first I would definitely keep asking around, at least for another week. Has either vet seen this before?
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I agree... Surgery doesn't sound to costly. Euthanasia and body romoval would probably cost you more. As for the skin scaling, put diaper rash ointment on his sheath and legs to prevent it from irritating the skin.
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I think expense of the surgery depends on whether the horse is not dropping because he is mechanically obstructed or if he is not dropping because he physically can not. If its an issue of the sheath obstructing that could be an easy enough surgery. If its an issue where the tissues of the penis are not elastic enough to allow the relaxation/expansion of the organ to facilitation urination that could be a non-fixable thing. If he is perfectly healthy in all ways and this is thing he prefers well that's just gross. Either way, I would get a third opinion from someone with a specialty in reproductive sciences.
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post #10 of 10 Old 09-21-2013, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for your advice. We are going to get him looked at by another vet I think and then if we need to will inquire about what the surgery will involve etc.
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