While I'm happy that he is getting more turnout than ever (great for his joints and mobility), he is also more exposed more to flies and pests, and I anticipate a summer of swelling.
The vet warned me that if the sheath swells too much, the shaft won't be able to retract, and then real problems start. For one thing, a very tender organ is unprotected from pests. Also it can't be good to have a swinging organ as you move through your day. Poor Harv.
How do you protect a horse's manhood? Has anyone developed netting to protect the sheath?
I've tried several things to prevent or deal with it...
- SWAT (great but not 100% effective in extreme heat, as it melts off).
- Desitin and vaseline mix to form a mechanical barrier.
- Once the swelling starts, Surpass (Diclofenac sodium) can be applied to the sheath.