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Highlight 11-21-2011 11:34 AM

Mare suddenly kicking out
I have a thoroughbred mare who has uncharacteristically started kicking out with her right hind leg. She does this mostly when ridden, even with children/light riders. I've examined the saddle and tack but can't find anything wrong. Even bareback, and with a different saddle, it's the same. She puts her ears back and doesn't look comfortable. It's always on the left rein, kicking out with the right hind. This has been happening now for about 4 weeks.

In September, she had a white discharge - milky white. I thought she must be in season. Then she started urinating excessively (beginning October). The white discharge appears to have stopped, and the urination is fractionally better. But the kicking is worse.

I have checked her over physically very thoroughly but can't detect what could be wrong. The kicking has damaged the hoof wall of her right hind and I'm worried it will cause other problems like injury to the leg.

If there are any vets out there, or anyone who knows what could be the problem, would be glad for some advice! I have consulted with her vet but not got any satisfactory response.

bubba13 11-21-2011 08:41 PM

Did they check for hormonal problems, or issues with the reproductive or urinary tracts? Was she thoroughly vetted for lameness/pain, including her back and stifle?

Rachel1786 11-21-2011 09:16 PM

My mare started doing that when asked to go forward, I thought she was just being mareish or a bi**h but it ended up being ulcers.

Cherie 11-22-2011 07:36 AM

My first thought would also be ulcers. Is she stalled? Does she get 'free choice' hay or does she stand around much of the day with nothing to eat?

My second thought would be a sore ovary which could be found with a rectal palpation by a good reproductive Vet.

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