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post #11 of 27 Old 12-01-2009, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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Colic? She didn't roll or anything when I let her back out in her pasture and she seemed perfectly content aside from this weird behavior (like just standing there she was perfectly happy and normal). She also had an appetite when I fed her but I've read that that doesn't mean she doesn't have colic... She wasn't sweaty at all and she didn't care that I currycombed her belly (I forgot about that) she was only weird when I was on her back and when I poked her.

My goodness, I hope she doesn't have colic. I don't have a way to get back out there tonight but I will definitely go check on her first thing tomorrow morning...

I guess I'll make sure to have the vet's number in my phone before I leave tomorrow, just in case. I don't have money for the vet to come out just to make me feel better which is pretty much a major bummer. I'll see what I can do though if she's still acting weird tomorrow. I'm sure there's some sort of deal I could work out with my parents or something if need be.

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post #12 of 27 Old 12-01-2009, 09:06 PM
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Mares generally don't get girlie grief like women do. It sounds like colic to me. She did not miss when she bit you on the leg she meant to bite you not your pants. If she were my horse I would check on her tonight and make sure she wasn't down with colic. If she is sweating or laying down and standing up you need to call the vet immediatly.
No not all mares, but there are a handfull out there that most certainly do!! I had a WB mare that got it something shocking, you couldn't even put a rug on her when she was in season she was super sensitive. Had the vet to her and he said she's certainly getting ovarien pain, I had to have her on hormone medication to settle it down.
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No not all mares, but there are a handfull out there that most certainly do!! I had a WB mare that got it something shocking, you couldn't even put a rug on her when she was in season she was super sensitive. Had the vet to her and he said she's certainly getting ovarien pain, I had to have her on hormone medication to settle it down.

I routinely palpate 15+ mares a day during breeding season and believe me, they can be extremely tender when ovulating- thank god for kick panels on stocks. If Lacey were to have an ovarian adhesion (not uncommon in older gals) it could make it even more painful. But she really shouldn't be cycling right now, so that is kind of less likely. You haven't mentioned any aggressive behavior, but sometimes mares get tumors in their ovaries which can be quite painful and cause changes in behavior. They are usually a lot slower to show up though.

Basically I'm not sure what is up either but if it were me, I'd try to check her tonight (or have someone at the barn check her). I do think it could be colic, but it is weird that she was fine while you rode. Let us know what you find out. If she still hurts tomorrow, call the vet!
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I don't have money for the vet to come out just to make me feel better which is pretty much a major bummer. I'll see what I can do though if she's still acting weird tomorrow.
Vets around here are pretty good about working with thier customers on payments. I have taken a few weeks to pay for things I have had done.

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I do think it could be colic, but it is weird that she was fine while you rode. Let us know what you find out. If she still hurts tomorrow, call the vet!
She WASN'T fine while she rode her. She was fine when she got off, but not while she rode her, if I heard correctly.
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You haven't mentioned any aggressive behavior, but sometimes mares get tumors in their ovaries which can be quite painful and cause changes in behavior. They are usually a lot slower to show up though.

Basically I'm not sure what is up either but if it were me, I'd try to check her tonight (or have someone at the barn check her). I do think it could be colic, but it is weird that she was fine while you rode. Let us know what you find out. If she still hurts tomorrow, call the vet!
Hmmmm....I wonder if she may have cysts on her ovaries? They could show up quicker than an actual tumor would. My thoughts would lean toward reproductive issues or colic. Colic would definitely be my first thought if her sides are distended, but since she isn't going down it's a bit of a mystery there. I would definitely keep a realy close eye on her, and like everyone has already said check on her and call a vet if needed. Hopefully your vet would be willing to work out a short payment plan for you.
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tealamutt- I wouldn't think she should be cycling now either...Huh. She does have those gray horse tumors and she does have one near her rectum which I've heard can be indicative of them having tumors inside...but yeah, she's been acting pretty normally lately. I mean, she's been being lazier lately and more lovey than I'm used to but her best friend (of 15 years) died in September so I don't really blame her for having less "will".
I called the barn and left a message asking for one of them to go check her tonight to make sure she's ok. Hopefully they'll get the message and actually check her, I mentioned colic so hopefully that'll light a fire under their tail. >.<
I also think it's weird that she was fine when I rode, I even took a video while I rode and when I watched it this afternoon to make sure I hadn't missed any signals she was sending, she looked perfectly happy. Her tail was in it's normal happy position, her ears were forward and perky...basically all systems looked like they were "go". Haha

Kevin- I asked Lacey's vet (I personally haven't had him see Lacey yet but he's taken care of her her whole life) about payment plans the other day and they had a huge variety of plans that I can use if I need to (one of them was even a 9 month plan O.o ) so if she's still acting weird tomorrow I know I have options. I just don't have a steady job right now which makes it hard to be able to freely spend money, even with a payment plan, yknow? =/

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She WASN'T fine while she rode her. She was fine when she got off, but not while she rode her, if I heard correctly.
She was fine while I was on her back. Just not when I got on bareback (after riding in a saddle for 20 minutes) and when I got off, she was fine while I was centered on her back (after she bit me) and she was moving, she got pissy when I stopped her to get off/get on. Once I was off she was fine, until I started poking her...

Hopefully this is making sense, I feel like such a bad communicator. Lol

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^^ lol, don't feel like that. I just didn't read it right :) . I hope she is/will be ok!
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nah, you're communicating just fine! The tumors I was mentioning aren't the same as the melanomas you're talking about, and they usually make mares have "stallion like" behavior, so probably not that. The melanomas might be something to worry about, but probably wouldn't really explain the signs you're seeing either. A mystery... I hope she's just having an off day or something.

I guess one explaination (which will get me laughed at here and shunned by my fellow vet students) is that there is a full moon. Weird I know... but we had a client who's dog had seizures on the full moon which we didn't discover until there was a blue moon and he had a HUGE seizure. After that we went back and looked at the dates of all his previous seizures and they were all on full moons.... you just never know! Hopefully she's feeling better soon. BTW my boy has been extra lovely lately too... very strange and unlike him, several gals at the barn have mentioned it to me this week.
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