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    06-03-2013, 06:49 AM
Excessive "trying" To Urinate

I just made a vet appointment in a couple of days but I am curious as to what you all think might be going on with hubby's mare. We have owned this mare for about four years now, she is 10 this year. She is an excellent trail mount, very forward moving, alert, willing, and soft. She runs around the pasture bucking and kicking, eating and drinking fine etc. This spring for her first handful of rides she was good as usual. She has always been a tad "irritable" when tacking up. Her saddle(same saddle since we got her)fits good and we checked her for any soreness etc, found nothing. We checked the saddle as well, nothing. She is now wanting to kick out when cinching(she is cinched slowly.) She also is starting to stop periodically while on trail to urinate more than normal. Sometimes she relieves herself fully but more than not hardly anything comes out if at all. It is like she is in "heat" but she isn't. She is starting to refuse descending even small hills and ascending them as well. She moves more tense lately. She does not act like she is sore in any limbs, it seems like it is internal pain. I was thinking bladder, maybe a cyst or tumor, kidneys....She was bucking and running around the pasture yesterday like nothing is wrong....frustrating. She has stopped to "urinate" on trail, I kid you not at least 5 times within twenty minutes when we were riding over the holiday weekend.
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    06-03-2013, 09:21 AM
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They can get uti's just like humans do. My first guess would be infection.
    06-03-2013, 09:31 AM
Green Broke
I would say uti or kidney infection as well. It could be that the pressure on her back when someone rides her causes it to be more painful, which is why symptoms show up more when someone rides her. I'd make a call to the vet and get her checked for it, so she can be put on antibiotics if need be.
    06-03-2013, 09:55 AM
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Agree - kidney stones or UTI - kidney stones can also cause a UTI as they travel down and get passed out
A course of antibiotics will clear up the infection but you might want to get a blood & urine test done because if she's maybe constantly getting kidney stones you'll need to look into preventative methods and a blood test will show up any abnormalities in the blood - usually associated with excess calcium that's not getting processed properly
You shouldn't leave this to sort itself out as it could lead to more serious kidney disease, even failure
This is a link to an info page that I keep in my computer 'favourites' as its really useful
Noninfectious Diseases of the Urinary System in Horses: Kidney and Urinary Tract Disorders of Horses: The Merck Manual for Pet Health
    06-03-2013, 10:55 AM
She has a vet appointment Wednesday. I just hope it is "early" and can be easily treated, whatever the diagnosis, anxious.
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    06-04-2013, 07:27 PM
I would go with kidney stones or UTI.
    06-04-2013, 10:20 PM
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She's definitely hurting. Poor thing. I hope your appointment go's well and you get off with something simple like antibiotics. Good luck!
    06-05-2013, 09:31 AM
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Geldings very frequently do this (not so much with mares but I have seen it) when they have sand in their gut. When I see a gelding doing this, we immediately treat them for sand. I have seen mares do this, too, but not nearly as much as geldings.

I have known geldings that others owned and mentioned that their horse could have sand and to let it go could be life-threatening. One of those geldings died 3 or 4 weeks later from sand colic.

If you live in a sandy area or she came from a sandy area, I would sure mention it to your Vet.

UTIs are very rare in horses. All of them that I have seen were very sick and did not run and play. A simple CBC and/or blood chemistry panel would tell you for sure.

Uterine infections are much more common in mares and they can make a mare uncomfortable and cause the symptoms you are seeing. A rectal palpation from a competent Vet that does a lot of breeding work should show an enlarged uterus or one that does not have a good 'feel' to it. An exam for a possible uterine problem should be conducted when a mare is in heat.
    06-05-2013, 06:19 PM
Urine good, female parts etc. good. She apparently is having multiple heat cycles. He gave me regumate and to get back with him to see how she does. He did draw blood. Her manure was checked and there was minimal presence of sand.
    06-05-2013, 08:58 PM
Read up on Regumate and take care when handling it. Wear gloves, wash hands immediately. Change clothes immediately if you get any of it on you, etc. It can be dangerous stuff to women.

My vet did NOT want me even touching the bottle, let alone giving it to my mare. I had to get my mom to do it for me.
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