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  • Bug bites on the penis

    Well, my poor gelding is being eaten by bugs in general, but he dropped in front of the vet tonight, and she pointed out that he has multiple bug bites on his penis. I feel terrible for him.

    He's been frontlined, so that keeps the ticks down, and I apply swat to his groin area, plus fry spray him. Can I do anything at all to prevent flies from biting his penis?!?
    Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
    White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)

    Mystical Moment, 1977-2010.

  • #2
    Tell him to put it away?!!!

    Sorry, other than bringing him in, I cannot imagine
    "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
    The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances.


    • Original Poster

      Wish I could tell him to put it away! He's gonna be in a stall attached to the arena from 7am-7pm, so hopefully that will help?

      Poor boy....
      Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
      White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)

      Mystical Moment, 1977-2010.


      • #4
        Sorry for your boy, but that gave me my evening giggle!!


        • #5
          Hope the stall helps. Poor boy.
          Quality Hunter Ponies


          • Original Poster

            It does sound a little funny. I would have never expected this problem. Poor boy is gonna be fly sprayed and swat-Ed like crazy, plus in during the day. Might have to put him on steroids for his bites.

            Thus is a problem I NEVER thought I'd have!
            Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
            White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)

            Mystical Moment, 1977-2010.


            • #7
              Mine had a giant, swollen thing last summer I called the vet in a panic, a course of dex & smz's & banamine did the trick. I have never seen anything like it, kind of wonder if it was a tick bite (or two!) rather than flies or mosquitos...good luck.


              • #8
                poor guy, no ideas but I did have to pull a tick off of a geldings penis one year when his owner couldn't as he was being understandably unhappy about the issue


                • #9
                  I wonder if there is some kind of cream or goop that you could slap on there that would make the bugs get stuck/not be able to bite? Of course that would need daily cleaning.

                  Someone needs to invent a penis-shaped fly mask or something....
                  Clancy 17hh chestnut Dutch WB, '99. Owned and loved since '04 and still goin'!


                  • #10
                    Poor baby! We had a few weeks of horrendous flies last year and my one gelding refused to drop to pee, clever boy he didn't want his penis being bitten while he peed.... sure was strange to watch a stream come right out of his sheath though.

                    Try "Calm Coat", its not super long lasting, but repels the noseeums, mosquitos and ticks pretty durn good for the few hours it does work, and its absolutely safe enough for the most sensitive private areas. Its what I use on my boys' sheaths, sheath openings, inner thighs, under the tail and ears/face. Its NOT cheap, but I've been using the same bottle 2x per week for 2 years now. A little goes a long way.
                    Being terrible at something is the first step to being truly great at it. Struggle is the evidence of progress.


                    • #11
                      I second calm coat. It's expensive, doesn't last too long, but it really works and doesn't irritate sensitive tissue. It helps if you put it in a little tiny pump spray bottle, you end up using less and covering more.


                      • #12
                        My little dude gets HORRIBLE fly bites all around his sheath area, so I just slather him in SWAT for the majority of the summer. Works for us!
                        Proud member of the "I'm In My 20's and Hope to Be a Good Rider Someday" clique



                        • Original Poster

                          I will definitely order some Calm Coat! Thanks for the suggestion.

                          Caradino, I slather swat all over his belly/groin/sheath area, but I guess the bugs are biting his penis when he drops or urinates.

                          The idea of a penis fly mask made me laugh out loud!
                          Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
                          White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)

                          Mystical Moment, 1977-2010.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Tehzebra View Post
                            Someone needs to invent a penis-shaped fly mask or something....
                            Oh the visual... ~~scrubbing brain with Q-tip~~
                            Allah took a handful of southerly wind, blew His breath over it, and created the horse. Thou shall fly without wings, and conquer without any sword, O, Horse!
                            Anonymous Bedouin legend


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Tehzebra View Post
                              Someone needs to invent a penis-shaped fly mask or something....
                              Imagine what some clevar person could make with that...
                              “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” Peter Drucker