Horse Keeping – Advanced

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.

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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2 Responses to Horse Keeping – Advanced

  1. Bonnie A. Holtz says:

    Good morning Heather, Well, I just learned something! I am glad you treated him to a pleasant pasture after that procedure. It makes me feel sorry for the horses in the wild, who are not lucky to have a loving owner as you. I am proud that you are progressing on your writing , life very busy here at work. Life fun at home, a lot of grandchild concerts, soccer games, and Katie’s graduation at Marquette this Sunday. The girls coming out Saturday to my town rummage sale. Well, I need to catch up here at work. Have a MAVELOUS DAY DAHLING! Love Aunt Bonnie


  2. Mom says:

    Hopefully all will be well at the three H stables once again, and by the way, mares don’t have sheaths! An utter is so much easier to clean out.

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