After a pretty bad ride on Kobi last night, I went over him with a fine tooth comb to treat his allergies. While working around his sheath area, I noticed it was swollen – again.
This morning, it was worse. I couldn’t take the time this morning to clean his sheath, so he had to wait almost twelve hours until I came home. What concerned me the most is that he seemed sensitive when I touched it and typically it’s not. But nothing I could do for awhile, so I worried all day.
This is at least the second time this year his sheath has swollen, so I googled what could be the cause:
1. gnats/no-see-ums (highly likely)
2. smegma build up / ‘beans’ or maybe a piece of stall shaving up there (likely)
3. fly infestation (possibly – will deworm tomorrow)
4. cancerous tumors (let’s hope not)
So, I donned my rubber glove, broke out the sheath cleaner and (ahem) dove in. He was more swollen than this morning. There was some smegma build up and even a couple of ‘beans’. There was even something that may have been a piece of wood shaving left over from when his stall flooded.
If anyone wonders what’s involved in sheath cleaning, click here.
Thankfully he was well-behaved for the invasion of his privacy. Afterward I allowed him (& Sugar) to graze in THE FORBIDDEN ZONE aka, the backyard. Just to make sure he wasn’t too upset, I used the Julie Goodnight method of calling him to me.
He came to me 🙂
Hopefully the swelling will go down soon and he’ll be back to normal.