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post #1 of 4 Old 06-26-2011, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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HUGE udders?

I've been looking around for a new place to put Savanna for the past few days, just sort of browsing, and I knew of a place close to me where my friend keeps her horse. I used to board at the place right next door to it, but they were full. So anyway, I called my friend to see if she knew of any openings at the barn where her horse is. She said they were trying to get rid of a horse, a TB mare that was right off the track. Of course this spiked my interest because I'm an OTTB fanatic :)

I went over to look at the mare and she was a stocky bay that appeared to be around 6 or 7. My friend didn't know much about her, and her owner wasn't there. I went out in the pasture to see if I could catch her and when I got close to her, she pinned her ears back, squealed, turned and ran. As she was running off, I could see something shaking between her legs and I thought "This is a GELDING!" but nope - it was two MASSIVE udders. They were very swollen and full. Yet, she didn't look to be pregnant...? She was somewhat ribby (typical tb) and was not wider at the flanks (or anywhere else). I asked my friend and she said "Yeah, they tried to breed her. That's why they're giving her away, because they want someone to breed her." I was confused.

Sorry for the long story, but here's the question: Can unbred mares get huge swollen teats like that? This mare's body condition doesn't make her appear bred, and yet her teats are the size of a mare's that is ready to foal. She is RIGHT off the track, which would leave no time for a breeding nearly a year ago... right?

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It doesn't happen terribly often, but yes, udders can swell on unpregnant mares...usually due to hormone issues, otherwise called "false pregnancies". They can also get mastitis whether they are lactating or not. Hopefully the owner has had her checked out to find out if she is indeed PG or has other issues...
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There are many things that could cause a mare's udders to be swollen.

Could be masitisis, false pregnancy, hormone imbalance... Several things like I said. Though I believe mastisis is more common in mares who just gave birth. Someone can corrent me if I'm wrong.
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I may take her just to prevent her from getting bred. She is not built ideally for a racer, and I fear several of her less impressive qualities would be passed along in her foals. It'd solve two problems: Open up a stall for Savanna (I'd move the mare to the place Savanna currently is, to give her some time off being a pasture puff) and prevent her from being unnecessarily bred. But we'll see.

I think it's strange that I was interested in taking her and I didn't find out she might be bred until I mentioned something. Would have been a heck of a surprise!

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