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DriftingShadow 10-04-2012 11:35 PM

Uti?
 
If it's not one thing it's another right? Just got back from the barn. Drifter was his normal perky self. We have been slowly getting back into work from the stifle injury, and yesterday was a horrible night for us. Drifter wanted to go, he didnt want to work on slow exercises.

Since last night ended with us both tired and frustrated with one another I wanted to take today easy. We were fooling around in the dirt arena, practicing Drifter's tricks. He was 'hanging out' which I thought nothing of, because he wears his heart out on his..sheath...if you catch my drift. If he is the least bit relaxed/happy .. his buddy is coming out to say hey. We were practicing laying down and it was involving me rubbing him all over, so it was completely normal to me that the little man was coming out to see what was up.

Then at one point I noticed it was starting to press up against his belly, which is again normal for him. I got onto him a little bit, because I hate when he tries to do that while we're working.

I noticed little drops of clear liquid coming out of it. I immediately freaked and when I did he gave a little spook, sucked it up and the dripping stopped. I put him in the cross ties and cleaned him out, nothing. No bean, nada. And no dripping.

Went back to trick training with him and the same thing happened. It started pressing up against his belly and it dripped. I pressed all around his back near his kidneys and i didn't get a reaction. But do yall think it could be a bladder issue or anything? He is eating/drinking/pooping/peeing fine. He has been gelded less than a year, if that helps with anything or could have anything to do with it.

Also, I am calling my vet in the morning. Already planning on it. I have called them WAY too much this month haha and was hoping someone on hear might have some ideas as well!

Thanks guys!

DriftingShadow 10-04-2012 11:54 PM

Can a horse even get a UTI? Or am I just fishing?

I also did all of the neurological tests. He still crosses his back legs when yielding his hind quarters, can balance when his feet are picked up and resists the tail pull.

I took his temp, and it was 100.5 but his normal temp is 100.2 ... so I really don't think that's anything to be alarmed about. He was a little sweaty from us playing around so that could be what the temp rise was from.

EvilHorseOfDoom 10-05-2012 12:12 AM

Does he have a fever? IIRC that's a common sign of a UTI. And yes, horses can get them! Admittedly if he's peeing fine it may not be the case (from personal experience, peeing is hell with a UTI...) but it's good you're getting the vet out because he will likely need antibiotics if it is the case, and if you don't treat it aggressively it can become a full-blown kidney infection. Is his sheath clean and bean-free? Would it be possible to get a sample of the leaking liquid? You should quickly be able to tell if it's urine or just smegma or pre-ejaculate by the smell.

Hope he's OK!

DriftingShadow 10-05-2012 12:21 AM

Thanks Doom!!

his temp was 100.5 ... but 100.2 is completely normal for him. So I am not sure if that would constitute a temp or not? Also, we had been moving around so maybe that was why it was a little elevated?

He had his sheath cleaned by the vet appox 1 week ago when he got his teeth floated. I checked him tonight and there was not an unusual build up of smegma and I found no bean. He was not acting like anything was painful to the touch.

As far as the smell, I was creepy and I did indeed smell it when a few drops leaked onto my hand (gag).. but it didn't smell like anything. It definitely didn't smell like urine or smegma. I am not sure what pre-ejac would smell like...

It had a clear consistency like water. Almost like I had just hosed down his "area" or something and it was dripping water droplets still occasionally. A friend suggested it may be sweat, but he was not visibly sweating anywhere else on his body. Plus it was in the evening and a definite chill had set in and we were just goofing off. No reason for him to dripping sweat from his privates.

This horse takes the cake for vet calls and vet bills. I swear.

CCH 10-05-2012 12:29 AM

Hate to turn the discussion into "an embarrassing subject" but it sounds like your horse was masturbating. Yes, geldings can do that! Food and belly rubs can bring on this behavior.

It doesn't sound like he has any symptoms of a kidney or bladder infection, so I'm thinking that isn't it. Definitely discuss any concerns with your vet though.
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EvilHorseOfDoom 10-05-2012 12:34 AM

Moving around shouldn't change the core temperature - it's possible that he has a low grade fever but if he's eating OK then I wouldn't be too concerned there. Still might indicate an infection though.

To be honest, I've not smelled equine pre-ejac either but it is clear and if it's anything like the human variety it won't have an odor, especially with a horse's diet (don't ask me how I know that).

DriftingShadow 10-05-2012 12:34 AM

Thanks CCH. I was kind of thinking of this in the back of my mind. But I figured asking if it was a UTI would make a better thread topic, ha.

Drifter often engages in those activities, but he usually slaps it against his stomach and I've never noticed any kind of fluid discharge.

I'll still call my vet in the morning, but I will be relieved if thats all it is. Disgusted, but relieved.

EvilHorseOfDoom 10-05-2012 12:35 AM

Yep, CCH, Brocky masturbates too. VERY embarrassing lol, especially in company or when he's getting scratches. Boys and their toys!

ETA: And yes, Drifting, Brock tends to do the slapping thing when he wants to...erm...enjoy himself.

Cherie 10-05-2012 09:22 AM

He is simply masturbating. You are 'turning him on' -- period. And Yes, geldings can be turned on. It should be dealt with as a serious lack of manners. I would take a crop and lightly 'spank' the offending member and say a sharp "Ah!" at the same time. Any later infractions will usually be stopped with just an "Ah!" and a jerk on the lead-rope. Most of them (unless they are 'staggy') they will quit it.

EvilHorseOfDoom 10-05-2012 10:13 AM

Yep, I use a dressage whip and give him a tap on the belly and say "cut it!" He stops playing with it but sometimes takes a bit of time to put it back in fully if it was erect. Rude boy, although having that little hussy Star constantly showing him her butt *doesn't* help.
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