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Maiden mare udder crusty??

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Hi guys, first time poster and first time breeder here.

My qh is due for her first foal around Nov 20th. For the past couple of weeks her udder has started slightly bagging up but then shrinking back down again. I took her to a local vet (not my preferred as I didn't want to drive her too far when this pregnant) and she said this was normal for maiden mares but I just don't feel reassured.

Tonight I went out and in the dark just had a feel to see if it had gotten any bigger and felt that in the sort of crevice between the two teats it was quite crusty and a little bit oozy.

I am def going to take her to my regular vet now but just wondering if anyone's mare has had the same? I have researched mastitis and all sorts of conditions but it's not hot or sensitive to touch. Just hoping to shed some light on the situation because i'm going to be stressing all day tomorrow until I can get her seen to!

Thankyou!
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This is completely normal. The udder goes up and down daily on some mares.

And the waxy crusty stuff is just gunk. Gelding get a buildup on their parts...so do mares.

It's nothing to worry about and not worth a vet trip. Although nice to see a caring owner that is willing to get a vet out for whatever may pop up.
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Her udder is normal, as is the crusty stuff. She just needs to have her teats cleaned, you can use Excalibur, the same stuff you use on a stallion or gelding when cleaning their parts. I take a bucket of warm water, a roll of paper towel and the Excalibur out when I'm grooming. I put the Excalibur in my hand to warm it, and then rub it all over the mare's teats. I groom her for 10-15 mins, then rinse with the warm water. I dip clean paper towel in the water, rinse the udder and throw the towel away. I get more clean paper towel and rinse and clean off the gunk until the towel comes away clean and there's no soapy residue. Be careful and make sure she's appreciating the attention, some mares can be pretty testy about getting cleaned at first, until they realize that it gets all that itchy stuff out of there.
 
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