A while back I posted a thread regarding a mare here who never seems to go out of heat, she is a boarders horse and has been here since last fall. Everyone seemed to have the same opinion regarding her as what I had already told the boarder.
Friday morning when I was out feeding everyone this 20 year old "white" mare had a "red" tail and back legs!
She was streaked in blood, bloody tail, back legs, dark clots stuck in her furr, it looked like she'd just delivered a really messy foal. She was acting more or less normal, eating and in no obvious shock or pain. I called the vet and called her owner, the vet I called responded with a "I don't know/Wait and see" and the owner, very alarmed, came and washed the mare up.
She has since started mounting mares, went from the low man on the pecking order (always running from the other horses) to getting in kick fights with the boss. She is usually quite quiet and manageable for her beginner owners and now likes to push them over.
Since they'd brought her here I assumed hormone imbalance of some sort or reproductive organ tumor of some sort with this mare. The blood pushed the owner into looking into the problem of the mare never going out of heat. Vet #2 was called and the mare was palpated. Nothing obvious was found wrong. He drew blood to check the hormone level and gave them all the normal/OK. He is puzzled and a bit alarmed by the bleeding (she is still lightly dripping the occasional blood but nothing like that found Friday) The vet has left it as a wait and see or he suggests taking her to State to have more tests run. This, of course, is the mares owners call more than mine.
I'd like to see an ultrasound done on her to confirm she has no tumor and I think this will be the next step but other than that I am out. Has anyone heard of this?
She has never been pregnant. Has had no contact with a stallion and this was not a miscarriage.
Last month she started coughing, the vet called it heaves for lack of finding anything else wrong but it seems odly timed with this.
And lastly, the mare trips and occasionally falls quite often. The vets don't seem to care but I find it odd and certainly dangerous considering she is a fourteen year old girls trail horse.