This is only my second miniature horse foaling - the first one was two days ago! Goldie is my mini mare. She was very plump when we got her and, despite our efforts, remains that way. She has an "always pregnant" look. She was bred May 28 of 2007. Her due date is May 3. She is a maiden. I have been watching her udder development and her udder just has a different appearance than our other mini horse, as well as our mini donkey (not apples to apples, I know).
Anyway, I was reading foaling articles and came across articles about edema and placentitis and have now freaked out that something is wrong. Part of the DUHH syndrome, I'm sure.
I have never posted pictures to this board, but I am going to try:
Can anyone please tell me if this is normal? I am referring to the two "rows" of puffiness before her teats. None of my other horses have that. Any thoughts are appreciated. With her due date just around the corner, I am concerned.
The pics didn't open for me..you can load pics on the www.photobucket.com and then add the link to your post on here...
But I have a percheron mare that is very far along and she is having the same problem from what you are saying...I am going to have to read up on edema...
I hope someone can shed some light on this for us..I am going to call the vet in the morning...I have been watching her close...she does not act like it bothers her.. Keep us posted if you learn something else..
I had the pics working from photobucket, then they quit. Hopefully, they are fixed now.
I did talk to my vet. According to my internet reading, edema is dangerous if it is accompanied by early milk production. That is a sign of placentitis - or placenta previa.
However, since my mare's due date is May 3, it isn't premature. It's just another headache of pregnancy that will go away after birth. I guess it can be helped by exercising them. She has been cooped up since we have had to dry lot her due to fescue. So, I have taken her out on exercise walks with me. She really enjoyed it. I will be watching to see if that lessons it. I think she is getting close. Like you said, it doesn't seem to bother her, but it is a sign that the pregnancy is probably getting to be a huge drain on the body.
I am glad to hear your what your vet says...my girl from what we know they said would be due march/april...looks like it will be may now.... (she was a rescue horse) she is quite sweaty tonight...I don't know...it is pretty cool here...but she is eating well and acting normal..well as normal as a pregnant mare can act!! Yeah I took Annie out for a walk this morning..it is all she can do to walk right now..it really wears her out just to take a step but I think she felt better after we did it... Sounds like you are getting close...maybe you will get lucky and hit the due date...GOOD LUCK!!!
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