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post #1 of 9 Old 03-29-2013, 04:09 AM Thread Starter
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Question On and off swelling in older mares teat?

Have recently acquired a older mare that to my knowledge has never had a foal.
She's 21. She has a swollen teat. It's always only just the right one. No milk. Just a firm swelling. However if you take her for a walk or massage it the swelling goes away and it looks and feels normal.
Totally new to mares.
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-29-2013, 04:35 AM
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Have you spoken to a vet?

To be honest, I dont' know what it could be either...but I know that if I had a weird swelling in my breast, I'd definitely be on the line to a doctor...

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I would take a guess that is like older geldings when theirs sheaths swell up, too much protein and not enough moving around.
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It's quite often tied to diet. If she's getting fresh clover, lucerne or alfalfa, some mares will get that. Nothing to be concerned with.
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Have you spoken to a vet?

To be honest, I dont' know what it could be either...but I know that if I had a weird swelling in my breast, I'd definitely be on the line to a doctor...

Will be getting a vet out at some point to do check ups
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It's quite often tied to diet. If she's getting fresh clover, lucerne or alfalfa, some mares will get that. Nothing to be concerned with.
Interesting. Prior to us receiving her she was at a neighbors place in a paddock full of mainly kikuya grass.

Our home has a mix of grasses not to much kikuya ... but its all dry at the moment.

Hmm definitely a possibility!
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I would take a guess that is like older geldings when theirs sheaths swell up, too much protein and not enough moving around.
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Is the protein generally feed related?
She's very low in muscle (Hasn't been ridden much with previous owner)
Her weight has improved in the last month we have had her. I know to prior us she wasn't been fed grain at all and the teat was still swollen?
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Usually rich feeds, such as alfafa and grain. I was just taking a guess however, and sometimes even without the proteins, not enough moving around causes geldings sheaths to swell but goes down with exercise. I was thinking this would be the cause of your mare's problem, but a vet check seems in order.
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