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Puzzled by this mare

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  • Puzzled by this mare

    I'm hoping someone has gone through something similar will read this....

    Last week I found my mare in her stall with very stocked up hind legs. Upon further examination I found her udder to be very swollen.
    My first thought was "tick"! So I felt around for it. She really liked that- her reaction was "ooh that's itchy". And after poking her some fluid shot out! (No tick found, and the fluid is a clear/milky color, odorless).

    The swelling in legs and udder goes down significantly after being worked. But today, 4 days after my discovery, with the same symptoms present, I lunged her. She usually loves to play on the lunge- but today she was less wild, and kept wanting to stop all together. But what I found most odd is that she kept biting at the lunge line-very unlike her . She's also bumped up the opinionated mare act when being ridden.

    No temp. No change in feed. Turnout is on dirt. Call put in to the vet.
    Anyone think this is allergies? Reproductive? Lyme?

    Curious to hear others thoughts

  • #2
    Mastitis? Though I though that was painful for the horse.

    I'd be calling the vet.


    • #3
      Originally posted by RedHorses View Post
      Mastitis? Though I though that was painful for the horse.

      I'd be calling the vet.
      I had mastitis with my younger child and it hurt! A cow we had with it seemed very painful and went downhill fast, too.

      i wonder if there was a tick that fell off before OP saw it. Or if there's a lymphatic issue or possibly cellulitis. Or a mass of some sort. Time for the vet!


      • #4
        Definitely time to call a vet and order CBC/ Chem and have the heart examined.


        • Original Poster

          Thanks everyone- I already called the vet.


          • #6
            Any chance she is pregnant?


            • #7
              This happens to my mare, particularly in warm weather, or if she's confined or bothered by flies. Her legs stock up and clear fluid leaks from her udder.

              I have chalked this up to an imperfect circulatory and/or lymph system. She has had many cases of cellulitis, which I think have compromised her. She just can't clear excess fluid the way she used to. When it's really bad, she'll get ventral edema as well. She's a 27 year old Thoroughbred mare, never foaled.

              The leaking from her udder is just a matter of gravity and the path of least resistance.

              Real mastitis (an infection from a blocked duct rather than just inflammation of the udder) is supposed to be uncommon in mares. If it were mastitis, not only would you expect that she be nursing, you'd expect that her udder would be hot and painful.

              Interested to hear what your vet thinks though.
              Disclaimer: My mom told me that people might look at my name and think I had an addiction other than horses. I don't; his name was Bravado.


              • Original Poster

                Thanks everyone! My vet is coming out this week. Ill report back


                • #9
                  I've had mastitis in a dry (non lactating) mare, so it does certainly happen (although it is rare.) She was VERY painful. Took quite a long course of antibiotics to clear up.

                  I hope you get some answers, Mosh!


                  • Original Poster

                    Her bloodwork came back with a small increase in WBCs, more so her monocytes. She still has edema in her udder and stocking up in her hind legs.

                    My veterinarian is still waiting for her Lyme test to come back, but feels she is definitely fighting something.