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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Last edited by loveyourhorse; 08-21-2012 at 12:46 AM.