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post #1 of 6 Old 08-21-2012, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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Flank Movement

Today when I went out to the barn I noticed something strange about my mare that I had never seen before.

As I was grooming her before riding I noticed she was having flank movement. Almost like she would clench her stomach muscles for a bit then release.

The four ideas that came to mind were colic, heaves, maybe ulcers, or maybe she was just unbelievabley itchy being that she was covered in bug bites and hives.

She wasn't acting any different personality wise.. She was bright eyed, alert, didn't act in pain, breathing seemed normal. She was very itchy.... Head dropping and face drooping "oh that feels soooo good" type of reaction when I would scratch the bites and hives.

I went ahead and tacke her up... Rode her for about half an hour (I hurt my back so we mostly walked and did some trotting working on bending and flexing).

When I finished she was still her usual self... Took her back up to the barn to untack and brush her off. While I was brushing her I noticed she was still doing the "clenching" and releasing. Then twice she tried to turn around and bite at her thighs (they too have bites and hives).


Sooooo... Does anyone have any ideas what this could be? Do you think it could be a medical concern or just her being so itchy that she can't stand her own skin? All ideas and thoughts are welcomed! :)
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Did she do it when you weren't brushing her?
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Did she do it when you weren't brushing her?
Yes I stepped back to watch her and she still seemed to do it. I also rubbed my hands all over and under her belly to see if she was sensitive anywhere but she was not.


Another thought I had this morning is that she is in heat.... do you think it could have anything to do with that? It's just something I have never seen her do before.
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Some mares get do uncomfortable during heat.
It could be the other things you mentioned but if she's not sick you can probably rule out colic.
Heaves would normally present with exercise intolerance, coughing & the tell tale respirations-one in & two out (but that's later in the disease process).
It could be ulcers.
You mentioned hives. Some allergic reactions can effect respirations but it doesn't sound like she had any breathing problems. Still, the hives & itching could be helped with an anti-histamine. You may want to ask your vet about that.

I'd keep a close eye on her & if it continued have her checked out.
I hope it turns out to be nothing.
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Some mares get do uncomfortable during heat.
It could be the other things you mentioned but if she's not sick you can probably rule out colic.
Heaves would normally present with exercise intolerance, coughing & the tell tale respirations-one in & two out (but that's later in the disease process).
It could be ulcers.
You mentioned hives. Some allergic reactions can effect respirations but it doesn't sound like she had any breathing problems. Still, the hives & itching could be helped with an anti-histamine. You may want to ask your vet about that.

I'd keep a close eye on her & if it continued have her checked out.
I hope it turns out to be nothing.

Thanks for the reply!

I will definitely keep a close eye and I asked the barn manager to do the same for me. I'll see how she is this afternoon when I head out there.
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