My mare has never been bred before and this is the first time I have noticed anything like this. The right udder is pretty swollen and is rock hard to touch. It is also quite warm/hot. Mare does not seem to be too uncomfortable though. Anyone have any ideas?
Sounds like mastitis. My mare got it last summer, probably from a combo of sweat, Swat, and gnats. I kept it really clean, cold hosed, and milked it a little bit every day to help get stuff moving out. It went away after a week of keeping the udders really clean.
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As you know, my mare had the same thing but there was never anything to "milk out". Aspiration was done but they were not able to conclude that there was an infection and she showed no response to a variety of antibiotics. I tried massaging it with mastitis cream ect. Nothing worked! It eventually ie about 12 weeks in, went away, but that same one side of her udder is still hard as. I think just scar tissue. She also had about five or six vets, including two at the vet teaching hospital in Saskatoon, totally baffled.
FWIW, I did meet someone else who had a mare like this and she was eventually bred and was able to lactate fine so I thought that was good to know.