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swelling of sheath and by elbows - any ideas?

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  • swelling of sheath and by elbows - any ideas?

    My horse had the month of December and into January off but has had 10 hour a day turnout daily. He is a 16 yr old QH on the plump side but not over weight. I went to groom him last week and noticed that he was very swollen in his sheath area. I cleaned his sheath and waited two days. It got bigger so I called the vet who came out and initially thought it looked like he could have an electrolyte imbalance and was retaining fluid. Then looked around further and noticed slight swelling around his elbows. Slight enough I had not noticed. No temp, heart sounds fine. He took blood to see what he could find out.
    The next day he calls and says his white blood cell and keytone counts are low but every thing else looks normal. Gave a few ideas but nothing concrete. He suggested we put him on electrolytes and bute to try to get rid of swelling. Told me to watch him carefully and in two weeks he will re take blood.

    In the mean time my horse is eating his bute and electrolytes and the swelling is going down but I have noticed the more he moves around (trotting cantering) the more the swelling goes away. He is almost back to normal as of today. Now I am waiting to see the vet again next week but in the meantime any ideas??? I am trying to figure out what would case this? Any similar experiences?

  • #2
    depp litter your bed and bank your sides which prevents elbow sores hock/hip sores and getting cast
    and dont clean your sheaf it was swallon becuase you did so many people on here have a habit of cleaning there horses whatnots

    a male horse is self ccleaning its unnatueral for a horse to be constantly done unless for medical reasons
    if hes dirty then spray or wipe the front of the entrance with baby oil or ky jelly which has no additives in it

    as dirt or skin from you hands cna cuse infection and or gloves being used when cleaning hence why they swell

    as for the low count then worm your horse as low count means he find it harder to finght infections

    so worm him as sound like his previous home were a bit slack in that depeartment worm to a worming programme of cycles of the worm to seasons of the year

    do not dialy worm ahorse can beome resistent to the wormers

    and be aware with your horse and low count you need to be on the ball and wise if ill call the vet asap


    • Original Poster

      Bump... Any other ideas???


      • #4
        Every winter once the snow and ice set in, my guy's sheath swells, no heat, no pain and he's relatively self cleaning in the sheath department.

        However my trainer, vet and I have all concluded after 3 years: He's stocking up there.

        For whatever reason, rather than most horses who stock up in their legs when they are on reduced activity, he stocks up in his sheath. Since I really can't ride in low temps (low to me is low 30's) due to joints and whatnot, and he's not moving much in the fields due to weather, I hand walk him at least twice a week. Longe walk/trot if I can as well.

        WHOOPS Zombie thread. Need to pay more attention when I'm doing searches. Well the information is now out there for anyone if they have the same situation!
        Last edited by Finding Serenity; Jan. 23, 2017, 12:42 PM. Reason: Whoops zombie thread
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        • #5
          The lack of activity in the winter can cause sheath swelling. A couple of years ago, my now departed gelding was all swollen there. I mentioned it to other boarders with older horses (in their teens) and they all were swollen. A trainer said her teenage gelding was also swollen.
          We dubbed it "old guys syndrome".. we just waited out the winter and when the snow disappeared and they all started walking more than from the gate to the feeder, the swelling disappeared on all of them.
          He did it a couple of years, but not the last few years of his life.


          • #6
            fascinating! my 6 yr old gelding has started stocking up in his sheath in the cold weather we're having. so not all old guys. lol
            WH Miakoda - 2010 Appaloosa gelding
            Storm N the Harbor - 2007 Thoroughbred mare
            WHS SlikBlak Cadilak - 2014 Appaloosa mare (RIP)


            • #7
              our semi retired (only does walk work once or twice a week) 22yo also stocks up in his legs and sheath.

              vet said if it was anything to do with kidneys or liver there would be lethargy and depression and more obvious symptoms, but he is happy and fresh and still as cheeky as ever.

              he is out all day every day and we just manage the leg swelling with magnetic wraps as much as possible, nothing can really be done for the sheath.