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        04-20-2013, 06:34 PM
    Question Swelling while in heat?

    Call me weird, but I clean my mare with baby wipes every time I see her. It's really hard to tell when she's in heat because she's always calm and never gets moody, just pees a lot more than usual.
    Anyway, I think she was in heat last week and today, her teats were insanely swollen. I should have taken a picture. I looked for bug bites or a cut somewhere, but nothing. She didn't care about me poking and looking, not even a reaction.
    I don't remember this ever happening before, help please? Thanks
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        04-20-2013, 06:40 PM
    Sure could be a sign, when women are ovulating, our breasts will swell as well.
        04-20-2013, 06:40 PM
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    How much bigger than normal were they? Like "pregnant mare close to birth" huge or just slightly swollen?
    Are they back to normal now?

    Lacey's teats often swell up a bit when she's in heat. They don't get huge or anything but they do get noticeably bigger.

    Personally, unless they're still swollen week or two later/some other concerning thing, I wouldn't worry about it too much. If it happens again, I might put in a casual call to the vet (free advice!), just to see what they think, but I really wouldn't worry too much. :)
        04-20-2013, 06:43 PM
    That's what we were thinking. Definitely not pregnant mare big, but maybe a little bigger than 2 times the normal size
        04-20-2013, 06:49 PM
    And no, I noticed it today before we rode, and she was still the same size this afternoon
        04-20-2013, 10:59 PM
    My mare gets swollen like that and they actually get filled with milk. Vet said some older mares just get hormonal and lactate.
        04-20-2013, 11:00 PM
    She's about 11/12 years old
        04-20-2013, 11:04 PM
    It was explained to me that if she ever had a foal, she may lactate every spring. But when she continued to lactate all year long, the vet said it was due to her just being a hormonal older mare. She is approx. 23 years old.
    Do you know if your girl ever had a foal?
        04-20-2013, 11:06 PM
    I have no idea. We don't know much about her past.
    Supposedly she was bred to race, as a pacer, but never did. She was hand-raised as her mommy died during birth. Then she was deemed as too much to really train, and then she ended up at my barn.

    Would a vet be able to tell if she ever had a foal?
        04-21-2013, 07:55 AM
    I am pretty sure a vet can tell by doing an internal exam, but I may be wrong.

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