29 August 2008 15:15

My 26-year-old gelding suffered infections in his sheath last summer, caused by flies. I first noticed him having problems urinating – he would move into his normal position but would be unable to pass water. He would then walk around with his hindlegs apart and his muscles contracting as if he was about to urinate. Veterinary investigations found flies had got inside his sheath and laid eggs, causing an infection. Treatment worked for a while but the problem returned. I have tried numerous potions and sprays, and even modified a rug with fringes, but nothing worked. I am concerned how many times the infection will occur this year. I am considering a new Fal Pro sweet itch rug as it hangs very low around the legs. Do you have any other suggestions?