Right before saddling up, I noticed that Ronin's sheath was swollen.....great. Then I realized his belly had some swelling too. Towards the back on the right side and a little towards the front on the same side too. All I could really think to do was to clean his sheath and check for any abnormalities, so that's what I did. Ronin was actually pretty good, considering I've never done this with him before (I had the vet do it once, cuz it's not a fun job). I didn't find anything either. When our instructor came, I told her about his symptoms and she suggested we take his temp. Apparently, there's an illness called Pigeon Fever that can cause this kind of swelling. Four minutes of an antique thermometer up Ronin's butt revealed that he did not have a high temperature. Phew!
|Rogér on Ronin Summer '09|