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post #1 of 10 Old 06-23-2012, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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PMU mare Know what this scar is?

I rescued a PMU mare from a kill buyer about a month ago. She has freeze brands on her, but I was curious about these scars on her. They are obviously not from an injury and they are not scars from stitches because there's no injury scaring near them. They are also not freeze or burn brands because there is no fur on each dot.

Anyone know what they are from or if they mean something?



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post #2 of 10 Old 06-23-2012, 06:25 PM
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No idea.... very odd.. They almost look like pinfires, but I think they only do that on there legs..

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No idea.... very odd.. They almost look like pinfires, but I think they only do that on there legs..
You're right! That's exactly what it looks like. But yeah, they only do them on legs, so why would she have them there if thats what they are.
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post #4 of 10 Old 06-23-2012, 06:51 PM
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Sorry, but what are pinfires and what are they for?

I honestly have no idea what those are, OP O_o subbing to see if anyone knows though. I'm curiouse now!

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"Firing - A medical treatment used on horse’s legs to promote healing in increasing circulation. The method consists of numbing the horse’s leg and creating a number of pin-sized holes in the horse’s leg with a hot electrically heated tool. Also known as pin firing."

http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/horse-health/2000/october/21/pin-firing-a-needless-pain.aspx
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ah, ok. Thank you!

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post #7 of 10 Old 06-23-2012, 07:46 PM
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Just a guess, but since PMU mares wear a harness contraption over their haunches holding the collection unit for the urine, maybe something happened that caused the straps to make her break out and the sores scarred??

They are awfully straight in alignment and seem to be placed about where the straps would run.

Interesting.
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post #8 of 10 Old 06-23-2012, 08:41 PM
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I would agree with Faydes Mom. It looks like the straps used to hold the collection basins. They almost look like the billet holes (like how your belt attaches). What is weird is that they are not appearing to be discolored like pin-fire scars, which are usually white. Which makes it seem like a scar tissue formation from wearing the straps almost like an embedded collar. Still there is no discoloration of the skin. So, I am a bit at a loss. I would say that she has had some adventures. I know there is a brand registry for each state so you could look her up based on her brands. I would not worry about her scars to much. That page of her life is over forever and thats what really matters.
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post #9 of 10 Old 06-24-2012, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
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My friend who is in the veterinary field says it looks like she may have been used in an allergy drug study. She said they look like the reactions you would see that have then scarred. Gawd, how sad, this poor girl has been thru hell and back. Glad she's 'back'
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post #10 of 10 Old 06-24-2012, 12:37 PM
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Ditto to Faydesmom :).
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