So I picked up my mare from the breeder on Thursday, I wiped down the 'yucks' (opted for live cover) that day and she was a bit naughty about letting me do it but I insisted. She has been funny about people messing with her back end since the breeding and I have wrongly assumed that was because the whole experience freaked her out a bit.
I have been scratching her butt and back legs every day to get her use to it. Well today I went a step further I was going to bathe her on the next sunny day (it's been a bit cold) and that was today. When I lifted up her tail she was covered in sores. I am a bit freaked out about the whole thing. Immediately tried to get a hold of our old vet which of course he didn't pick up (he can be very hard to get a hold of). I then called the stallions owner and the breeder to inform them what was going on. I am just wondering if anyone else has any experience with this.
The stallion is new to this state and she is the first mare he has covered up here. The breeder has tons of knowledge and experience. But she doesn't know what is going on can only tell me that the stallion has nothing on him. And that there are no other horses on her farm showing any signs of this.
What it looks like: well the whole area is covered in bumps starting even to go down her legs some of the bigger ones look like they have burst open and looks like they have puss of some sort coming out. She is also putting out a little bit of a discharge but I was told that was normal after breeding. Now from the research I have done the closest I could come to the description of what she has is EHV-3 Equine herpes virus. That description from multiple sites is pretty dead on, and it also often doesn't show on the stud you don't know about it until the mare breaks out. Won't know of course until we see the vet.
This is my first time breeding one of my horses I have been around it but never gone into depth because I have never bred my own horse I have always opted to buy instead. I figured I had enough experience having been there for the birthing and breaking of many of the family foals. Was not however on any level prepared for any of this. I didn't even think to ask if the stud had been tested for any diseases I just figured of course he has these are some of the most knowledgeable breeders in this state. I am however pretty sure my husband asked and was told that he didn't have anything.
Any advice or ideas would be most appreciated.
Oh yeah it states I should post why I am breeding. Magic competes in extreme trail, always places in top 5. She took all around for one of my students at one of last years western shows. She is also extremely versatile, jumps over 5 feet no issue, she rides English or western, knows basic dressage (flying lead changes can do a trotting pirouette although my aunt laughs at what she calls our attempts to make my pony dance.) Western rein necks, leg ques and body ques. She is smart she learns quick and she is a solid horse. I am breeding her to get one like her but hopefully improve the neck and a little taller, the mount will be trained for my husband if it is a colt and sold if it is a mare. We already have interested parties lined up.