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So as most of you know I got myself a mare back in November. I mentioned that I've practically no experience caring for mares, I've only ever ridden one mare before her and I didn't see her all the time. Sorry for my ignorance, I'm just used to geldings :D

So I went out to see the horses today and I noticed Lily had some black tarry stuff on her hind legs. It was also in her tail and the leg straps of her blanket were sticky with the stuff. She doesn't have diarrhea.

Is it pee or is it from being in heat? I haven't seen her go into heat but it has gotten quite warm and sunny here so I think it would be possible for her to have an early heat. Is it?

I've attached pictures(it looks like there's hair missing but there isn't it's just stuck together). And yes after I took the pictures I did wash her legs off =)

Again sorry for the dumb question, just soooo not used to th mare thing =P
 

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I agree with mls, you might need to get her checked for infection if the mess persists. My guess is that she is just a messy mare, some mares' legs do get caked like that while they are in heat. If it is from her heat cycles the mess should only last for 3-5 days then she will be clean for about 20 days or so then you will have a mare with caked legs again. If it were urine it would probably be more on her hooves and fetlock area from splashing off the ground on to her legs.
 

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Okay. Thank you guys.

So I guess I'll just see if the "mess" goes away within a few days and if not I'll be calling the vet out.
 

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Is the ground where she urinates real hard? I've had 'messy mare legs' ever since last summer, the ground gets harder than concrete and there's no grass left in the pasture, so when she pees it splashes all over her legs. I'm washing mare's legs every day it seems.
 

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My mare Arabella (poor gray dear) got that all the time when she was in heat. :\
 

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Dreamcatcher - the ground's not too hard really.

I am starting to wonder if she's just in heat because I checked her temp and if there was an infection it'd be elevated right? It was a normal 99.8.

She was in a "mood" today I put her out in the field and she was running and bucking and just "giving attitude" not too me as she was too busy running around but she would act like she was the S*** . haha sorry that's the best way I can describe it. She acted like she ruled the world and all must bow to her! It was a sight to see =)

So not used to mares haha

But I will still keep watch for it to go away.
 

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Go ahead and wash it off and if it persists past like a week, call out the vet. :)
 

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Welcome to mares! Your plan sounds good. We've Got a mare who scalds herself about twice a year when she's in season.
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