Urination Issues


“My 4 yr old paint mare had blood mixed with her urine on the stall floor this a.m.”…,”he pees he presses it right up against his stomach, resulting in him peeing all over his stomach.”

I have a 4 year old gelding, who has a nasty habit.”…

Ever since he was a yearling, when he pees he presses it right up against his stomach, resulting in him peeing all over his stomach. Sometimes he manages to hit his elbow, resulting in pee streaming down his leg. It’s especially bad in the winter as he “freezes”. Grooming him I have to try and curry out frozen pee icicles. He has no problem walking around all loose and dangly, but to pee he barely extracts at all. His sheath is clean, and I’ve had the vet look at him twice with no findings. I’m just not sure if there could be an underlying, possibly difficult to to detect or easy to miss problem…or if he’s just lazy. He’s a pinto, who’s belly, sides and legs are white, unfortunately, and all of this stains him instantly….and can’t be good for his skin or coat. Any suggestions you may have would be appreciated as I’m at a loss with this. Thanks!

Dr. Kimberly Gryl’s Answer:


I am sorry to hear of your gelding’s strange urination habit. Unfortunately, I am also sorry to tell you that I don’t have any solutions for it. Yes, you are correct to worry about his urinating on himself. Urine scalds the skin, eventually can burn him, cause hair loss, and possibly scarring if chronic enough (depending upon how concentrated the urine is). His problem is an uncommon one. Do you find that he masturbates in association with urination? It may be worth asking your regular veterinarian if any type of specialist may be of help. I wish I could give you more. In the meantime, you may try applying vaseline to his belly bottom to prevent urine from contacting his skin or trailing forward toward his elbows. While this can be messy, it may save his skin. Good luck.


“My 4 yr old paint mare had blood mixed with her urine on the stall floor this a.m.”…

I never owned a mare before, always geldings. Is this normal? What causes it? Should I be alarmed?

Dr. Kimberly Gryl’s Answer:


Blood in the urine can come from an infection or inflammation anywhere in the urinary tract, or bleeding near the outlet of the urine stream (vulva). Blood-colored urine can also come from muscle breakdown. In this case, it is not true blood, but rather the breakdown of the muscle tissue being processed by the kidneys and discoloring the urine. Either way, it is never normal. You should tell your veterinarian examine her, and could potentially gain a lot of information from a blood test and urine analysis. Good luck.


“Last winter, and now again this winter, he is having blood in his urine. “…

I have had my horse 2 years. Last winter, and now again this winter, he is having blood in his urine. I have treated with penicillin, and it went away for the winter last year, but this year it’s not going away. I don’t have a trailer to carry him to the vet. Is there something else I can try? He seems fine otherwise…eating well, having BMs just fine…being sassy with me for treats (apple slices). I have him home on straight pasture and hay only, no grain. I do have a mineral block that he hardly ever touches.

Dr. Kimberly Gryl’s Answer:


It would be good to run a blood test and a urine analysis on your horse. Your regular veterinarian can come out and collect those samples and run them in a laboratory. It is not generally a wise idea to start on medication without an exam, as all medications are not indicated for all problems. Hopefully you can find a veterinarian to come out and give your horse attention. Good luck.


“I have an 8-year-old gelding that is urinating up to 4 times an hour “…

We had his urine tested and there is no concentrate to it.  We run barrels on him and he is just not working well either.  One other thing when he gets in the trailer he jumps in with his back feet like a rabbit, both back feet at the same time.  Could you please help this is my daughter’s horse and we have rodeos coming up and need to find out what is going on?


Dr. Jack Sales’ Answer:

Hi Stephanie,

If your horse is not able to concentrate his urine and is going so often it is usually indicative of a kidney problem. This could be due to something in his diet or some other cause and sometimes a urinary tract infection can also be the cause of this type of problem. It looks like a more complete exam by your Veterinarian involving blood work and a follow up urinalysis with a culture and sensitivity would be in order. I hope you will be able to get down to the exact cause and then be able to treat and correct the problem.


“My 7-year-old gelding QH is stretching out to urinate, after some time he urinates but he doesn’t drop.  His urine dribbles out.  “…


Our vet did exam and blood and urine test and all is normal.  No sand in manure.  No sign of colic.  This started around 3 weeks ago.  Checked for bean – none; cleaned sheath which was very dirty.  No sign of infections.  Please help – my 12-year-old daughter is worried about her horse.


Dr. Jack Sales’ Answer:

Hi Patty,

It sounds as if you have checked your horse out pretty completely. I would continue and pursue and answers from your Vet. Other diagnostic tests could be done to try and figure out the problem. It would be difficult for me to guess what the cause may be but since you have checked out the most common causes, at least you have eliminated them as a cause and you can keep looking for another possibility.


“he has been peeing all over himself. And then when he gets done peeing, he just drips urine all over the place. It’s constantly running, like a leaky faucet”…

I recently purchased a yearling stud colt about 2 months ago. His testicles will drop a little and disappear, and I understand that. But he is my first stud colt that I am actually raising, and there is something weird happening. I noticed yesterday that he has been peeing all over himself. And then when he gets done peeing, he just drips urine all over the place. It’s constantly running, like a leaky faucet. Is this a sign that he is about to drop, or does he have an infection? Oh, the pee looks like water. It doesn’t even smell like pee either. Can you tell me what is going on? Thanks, Andrea


Dr. Jack Sales’ Answer:

Hi Andrea,

What you are describing is not a normal thing for a colt. It has nothing to do with his dropping. He either has an infection or some other form of cystitis (inflammation of the urinary bladder or urinary system). I would suggest a Veterinary exam as soon as you can.


“My 7yo mare has started urinating quite frequently…”
My 7 year old mare has started urinating quite frequently when riding and after. I kept her in overnight to monitor her but she only did her “usual”. She seems well in herself. Could it be the weather change or something like that?

Dr. Jack Sales’ Answer:
Hi Amy,

It sounds as if your 7 year old mare has come into season possibly. During the spring of the year, mature mares will begin coming into their regular estrous cycles. One of the signs that they show when they are in “heat” is that they will squat and pass urine frequently. This is normally done when they are around stallions or sometimes geldings, but it can be a behavior that they will exhibit more readily while being ridden. I have a feeling that this is the most possible cause of your problem. Some mares will stay in heat for prolonged periods during the first part of the spring, but later in the spring and summer they will usually just be in heat 5 days out of 21. If this problem does not resolve or gradually decrease, you may want to notify your Veterinarian to have her checked out.


“When my colt urinates it looks like it comes right from his belly…”
I have a newborn colt. He has no infection, it just looks like when he urinates it comes right from his belly. I have been told not to worry but new moms always do.

Dr. Cheryl Rahal’s Answer:

If your colt is urinating from his umbilical stump, he needs to be seen by a veterinarian immediately. This condition is called a patent urachus. The urachus is the part of the umbilical cord that the embryo urinates out of and is supposed to seal down and become the bladder. When it does not seal down, it is because of infection and an infected belly button can cause serious and life threatening disease. Sometimes the patent urachus can resolve with antibiotics and some times they required surgical correction. There’s a reason mothers worry. Follow your instincts.

3 Responses to "Urination Issues"
  1. Stacy Just says:

    Hi! We are a small non-profit, and about a year ago we had a 19 year old mare given to us who we had checked out and other than having some scar tissue from an old injury to her hind leg, she was sound for light riding. She demonstrated loose stool at first, which the previous owners indicated she does whenever she gets excited or nervous. After a week or so of adjusting, her stool seemed a little soft, but ok. However, she seems to dribble urine down the inside of her hind legs. At first, I didn’t notice it because of the loose stool. So I’ll wash her legs, and then it’s not bad for a few days. But before long, she develops Lauer of dirt and urine crusts. I keep washing her, but I’m concerned. I don’t want to have to wash her in the winter, that would be miserable for both of us. What causes this dribbling? The vet found nothing wrong with her from a regular examination. She’s deworming regularly, and on consistent type of feed.

  2. Julie says:

    newborn colt , when he urinates there is blood, and blood clots in it, it is not from his navel, but from his penis, which is not down yet

  3. Todd says:

    My soon to be 14 yr old Bay Appendix mare, has recently started a rather strange behavior, she will lean into a post or corner of a building, or the hay ring, and I mean really lean into it, and then she will lift her tail and what appears to be struggle to squeeze out maybe a cup of urine, I have not physically witness a normal urination flow in some months, because she is boarded and is not on property for me to watch her on a regular basis. Has anyone else ever experienced anything like this?


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