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post #1 of 5 Old 04-26-2015, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Swollen sheath and midline after cleaning

I clean my horse's sheath every year (I use Excalibur) because he is very messy. First time I did that I found that a "bean" was sticking out of his .. and I pulled it - no need to clean rigorously. Yesterday, however, I cleaned him thoroughly. Unfortunately, his sheath was a bit swollen today and his midline as well. He didn't pee so I worry a bit. My friend's horse is better than mine - he peed (his midline is less swollen, just slightly..) . The weather was fine yesterday, sunny with little wind, about 17-20 Celsius degrees.
I could see that his rear was a bit stiff.
He acts normally and eats well.
I am a bit worried. I know he is sensitive to flies that's why I sprayed him against them to see if he is better tomorrow.
Shall I panic ?

Thank you for any pieces of advice.
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-26-2015, 01:27 PM
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If he hasn't urinated in a day, yes, you should be worried.
But could he have & you didn't find it? I would think a horse unable to urinate would be in a lot of discomfort.
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-26-2015, 02:04 PM
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I would likely call the vet if he hasn't urinated in days.
It would be odd timing but pigeon fever can present with a swollen sheath to midline so best to make sure!

I will say however, with the Excalibur did you rinse it out thoroughly?

My guy would swell just in the sheath area (not midline) if every bit of that wasn't rinsed out.
I have just been using mineral oil now to loosen the crud and then wipe off and that has worked great.

Also did you actually get a bean this time? And if so is it possible that maybe a bit of it got left and moved over to cover the urethra (sp?)

Lastly has his workload diminished lately?
If my guy sits too long his sheath will swell but again, no midline swelling.

So just some ideas to look into.
If your boy is good about it put the hose up his sheath and let the water run for a good amount of time.
This will help with getting any Excalibur out and with swelling.

Best of luck!
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-27-2015, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your replies. I visited him today and he ate well and was interested in me. His sheath was no longer swollen but the midline... :( What is it?

Shall I put some ointment on it?
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-27-2015, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Some answers to questions:
- I saw there was no foam so I thought that I didn't have to rinse it THAT well.
- The bean was bean-shaped so I don't think it got split or anything.
- He is not ridden.
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