Posted 2017-03-20 11:39 PM (#7334571) Subject: Has anyone encountered this before???
I noticed my gelding has a swollen spot on his sheath tonight. It doesn't feel hotter than any other part of the sheath and he's only bothered by it if you poke and prod too much. The more I touched it the more agitated he seemed to get. I have attached a photo to the post. My vet is scheduled to come out for routine work on a Friday, but does anyone think I should have it looked at sooner? It seems to be too early for insect bites in my opinion, it's still only gettig into the 50s as a high most days. There doesn't seem to be any spot indicating there was a cut or scratch anywhere near the area. Any thoughts?
Posted 2017-03-21 1:53 AM (#7334574 - in reply to #7334571) Subject: RE: Has anyone encountered this before???
There's no photo but there used to be two different geldings at the barn I boarded that would get swollen sheaths due to stalling. The one was overweight and his was worse which I'm sure had something to do with it.
Otherwise maybe have a sheath cleaning done? Could be a bean in there agitating it.
Posted 2017-03-21 9:01 AM (#7334617 - in reply to #7334571) Subject: RE: Has anyone encountered this before???
The photo is too large to attach, I've tried to resize it but it won't work. Its just an egg sized lump above where the balls would hang. About the V point between the top of the leg and where his sheath starts, if that makes sense. There was a crusty/flaky part on the backside, but he wouldn't let me pick at it to see what it was. He's been an absolute nightmare to ride so far this year and I'm wondering if there isn't an underlying issue. I just had him adjusted 2 weeks ago, however he is still flipping leads constantly and when I ask him to move forward he pops up in the front to start out. Normally he pushes off fine, with his head level with his topline and lately he's been high headed and short/choppy strides. He was a mess when he was adjusted and I am doing a follow up adjustment next time she is in the area.
Posted 2017-03-21 9:36 AM (#7334629 - in reply to #7334571) Subject: RE: Has anyone encountered this before???
If another adjustment doesn't help then I'll take him to my specialty vet. He is normally adjusted at least 5-6 times a year and I was out most of the season last year so he hasn't been adjusted for a year now. We knew he was going to be bad and expected it to take multiple visits to get him back to his usual self. Plus my arena is deep sand so he's having to work more and I've been doing significantly more backing than he's ever been accustomed to as well. So I haven't exactly helped the problem. I switched his feed this year and it took a while to find an amount that worked for him, he went a little crazy going from 5% fat and relatively no sugar to 13% fat and 7% sugar. He kind of lost his mind for awhile, was spooky and nuttier than a fruit cake. Plus my stud colt finally realized he had balls and that didn't help. My gelding was a standing stud for 7 years and if provoked by another he will drop his imaginary balls, so they just antagonized each other for weeks. He's had a hectic start to the year and I'm trying to get things back to normal for him. I will give him the rest of this week off and keep his BOT stuff on and monitor the lump on his sheath until the vet is out Friday.