Hi! So I've recently purchased a mare who has been living outside year round and supposedly has this "iron stomach". She's been at my house for about 7 or 8 days now, and I've noticed that she has this very annoying habit of kicking and biting her stomach all the time. I know, I know, my first thought was colic too, but I don't think that's it. She shows no other symptoms because she isn't rolling or laying down a lot, she has normal gut sounds and a very good appetite. I've very slowly put her out to the full pasture by keeping her in my pasture and letting her graze for a few hours a day and then putting her in a paddock with much less grass and slowly building up her pasture time. There are a lot of bugs and flies out, but when I put fly spray on her it doesn't seem to have much effect. Could this habit be because she is in heat? Bugs are bothering her? Burs are on her stomach? She kicks herself with her front hooves and her back, and she also stretches around to nibble herself on her stomach. Anyone have any ideas of what's bugging her?
Thanks so much!