Hello everyone! Something strange happened to my mare. I went out to feed the other night and my mare (Due in Mid March) was 3 legged lame. The leg in question was the back left leg. There was no swelling, heat, or pulsing, but she would not put weight on it. I gave her bute and called the vet. My vet thought it might be an abscess and said that I shouldn't have given the bute. The next morning, she was walking on it and even spunky and bucking waiting for breakfast. She is eating everything up and seemed fine today. It doesn't appear to be an abscess and a nieghbor suggested that the foal may have been positioned in a way that could have affected her leg. Has anyone ever had this happen to their mare?
I had a mare that would lay out on the ground and looked like she had aliens in her. At first I thought maybe she was colicing.. I watched her awhile and then she would get up. She did this every time she was in foal.. Really looked and acted strange.. Your mare could have kinked her leg or just twisted it if she is walking around fine now.. I would certainly keep an eye on it.. I give my mares bute when they are in foal.. Never had trouble and never been told not to.. I do use a lower does just for comfort though.
Thanks for your post! This is my first time with a mare in foal and actually, I,ve always had geldings! My mare digs a lot since she's been in foal, like she wants to roll, but I think she is just "rooting" because she doesn't lay down to roll. Her rear leg is still OK, and I am still keeping a close eye on it. No abscess, and I am thinking that she might have just kicked the stall or something...
Youíre welcome. Itís getting close for us now for the first one. Could be any day now. Strange things do seem to start happening.. We have close circuit cameras in our barn and can lay awake all night going crazy watching them. We have it wired to our bedroom from the living room where the monitor sits on top of the TV.. Sure is a relief when itís all over and everyone is OkÖ Then the fun beginsÖ We have as many as four a year and have for several years.. Still the same for every one of them every year.. What a thrill..
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