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Mona Weiss
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Username: Kitz

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Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Friday, Jan 31, 2003 - 1:47 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have a white horse with a white penis who has started urinating in an orange color within the last 48 hourse (to my knowledge). I have never heard of anything related to ORANGE (brighter red- orange, like Kool-Aid!) color. I know urine gets dark if they are dehydrated, and coffee-colored if they tie up. But ORANGE?!

I fear there is blood in the urine. I have yet to be able to collect any. I am seeing the orange for the first time today in the SNOW, as well as fresh shaving I put in last night. He has NO OTHER symptoms at all.

My only other thought is that this white horse DOES produce smegma in this exact same shade/ color (it's quite freakish). So, I am wondering ... since everything else seems so normal (he's running around bucking, exhuberent, etc,.) , if it's something to do with that. It finally got warm enough to clean his sheath today (it's 33 degrees), so I am going to go clean it and see if I find anything strange.

In the meantime, ANY IDEAS? HELP!
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Becky Little
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Username: Beezle

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Registered: 8-1999
Posted on Friday, Jan 31, 2003 - 2:50 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have seen this occasionally with my horses in the snow. I think I read somewhere that the urine has some reaction in the snow that changes the color to orange. Not sure where I read this and if I am way off, I am sure others will chime in...

Becky
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Becky Little
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Posted on Friday, Jan 31, 2003 - 3:24 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hey - just figured out where I read this (duh!). It was in the article on this site!

Look in Diseases of the Horse/Urinary/Normal Urination in Horses, article "What is Normal Urination in Horses".
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Mona Weiss
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Posted on Friday, Jan 31, 2003 - 6:13 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Becky --

THANKS VERY MUCH FOR THIS INFORMATION! I will keep an eye out ... but for now, you sure have alleviated my worries. I liked where Emily discussed her studies of the urine -- it came out yellow, but turned RED after sitting in the snow for several hours. THANKS AGAIN!
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Posted on Saturday, Feb 1, 2003 - 7:45 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Great job Becky!
DrO
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