Edema in pregnant mare

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  1. Blondehorse

    Blondehorse Senior Member+

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    Is it common for pregnant mares to have edema in their hind pasterns/fetlocks/hocks?

    Khavele's right hind leg is stocked up in all of the above. She's not lame on it at all, and she doesn't have edema anywhere else, although I'm suspicious that it might be starting in her left hind pastern.

    Is this probably just a late-pregnancy thing, or what?
     






  2. Caterina

    Caterina Senior Member+

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    Like this?
    Babe was like this 52 hours before foaling
     
  3. Blondehorse

    Blondehorse Senior Member+

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    Yes, just exactly like that.

    Yeeks, Khavele had better not be 52 hours away from foaling!! :p
     
  4. Caterina

    Caterina Senior Member+

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    doesnt she have like two weeks left?
     
  5. Gottagallop

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    SOMEBODYS going to be a new mommmy!!!! good luck lol
     
  6. TrueColoursFarm

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    I had one mare with ventral edema about 30 days out post foaling and it got HUGE!!! :eek:

    My Puchi Trap mare always has one hind leg noticeably fill up about 30-40 days prior to foaling and I think as well she is getting bigger and more uncomfortable and therefore doesnt move around as much, it simply adds to the problem but it never gets into the hock - only below

    Check as well if she has a scab or mud fever or something else that MAY be causing it as well. That would possibly explain it going up that high
     
  7. Blondehorse

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    She's on day 311-- well, almost day 312, lol!

    I hope so, but I also hope she hangs on at least a few more days!!

    I didn't see/feel anything like a scab or scratches on her, but I'll double-check to make sure.

    Would a short daily walk be a good thing for her? She is getting to the point where she doesn't want to move around as much, plus she is confined to a fairly smallish dry lot due to her pregnancy-related digestive issues, so she's not out grazing around as much. There's some growth in the paddock that she goes out and nibbles on, so she does move around pretty frequently during the day, but maybe a little more exercise would help keep the edema down?
     
  8. notanumber

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    Yes, a little exercise will help, and is good for her. Even a half-hour walk a day would be good. Edema is *totally* normal.
     
  9. notanumber

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    I should also put - unless she is on any kind of paddock or stall-rest as recommended by a vet.
     
  10. Blondehorse

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    Nope, she just can't be out in the pasture eating. She has to have grass hay.
     






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