I have a bunch of questions to ask about my mare. I used to get help from my dad with horse questions but he passed away so I have to bug you guys with all my questions/paranoia ;)
Ok firstly, she started to 'swell' around her teats about 2 weeks ago and yesterday I noticed her starting to bag up. One of the teats was bigger than the other and on feeling where the milk should be it feels kinda hard. The other side feels squishier. Should I be worried about this?
Secondly, a couple of days ago she was off her feed a little but then was ok by dinner time that day. Since then though she is only interested in hay or grass and wont really touch her hard feed. She will eat it but she picks up like a pellet at a time and doesnt eat for long. Shell wander off and come back for another mouthful but she really isnt getting what she needs into her. This worries me cause she needs the calories/vitamins etc at the moment and I doubt she is getting enough from the grass and hay as she is already dropping weight from it. Nothing has been changed about her hard feed which she usually scoffs down in 5 minutes
Finally, its warming up here a little as its spring now but she has been sweating a lot. Sweating too much for how warm it is. I know they will sweat a lot while in labour but there are no other signs of labour or distress but she is sweating around her face, armpits and her butt (but not her flanks)
I spoke to the vet a few days ago and he didnt seem too worried. She its her maiden foal so she might take it all differently. To be honest im not sure how much I trust this new vet but he is the only one available (i live out in the country so options are limited.)
I work with harness racing trainers/breeders and they have seen her and while she has dropped weight dramatically she still has bright eyes, a healthy coat and no signs of sickness or anything. They said she seems fine as well.
But, I am a worry wart and want to be sure everything is ok. If she needs vet attention I will have to take her on a 1 1/2 trip to get to a vet I would trust with her so obviously taking her to the vet will only happen if it needs to not because im worrying and fussing lol
So yeah, any help would be great ;) thanks in advance