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    26 yr old mare with swollen teats

    they aren't my horses btw...
    I have been looking at this for a while now, my friend has 2 mares, one is 26, the other is soon to be turning 7... The 7 year old, has normal teats, always has from my time with her, the other mare has had swollen teats for a while now, and Friday night I took out the sponges and started to scrub up her sensitive areas with water to get the dust out *she loves it lol* and when I was getting at her teats, i noticed a white residue coming off on the sponge...at first i thought i was just grime, but I put 2 and 2 together, and gave her right teat a squeeze, low and behold, something came out... I was a bit surprised, and called my friend over to show her, I went into the tack room to see about something and came back with a bute scooper, i washed it and then tried again to get some into the scooper, I got 2 good squirts before she raised her leg in a warning, which caused me to slip off my bucket....so yea, I only got a quick glance at the color before it went all over me

    Any ideas on what it could be? Also do you think its dangerous? Her parents won't call the vet because they don't believe it will hurt her...she isn't acting any different, then again, maybe it is affecting her, and her personality now is the result??? If you need pictures i might be able to get some today...

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    I went up again today and got a bit more out, its a yellow color with some white flecks,and its on the thin side...

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    Do you know if she had been anywhere near a stud last year? My first assumption would be possible pregnancy, but if there was no chance of a stud being around, I would at least call a vet to see what they say it could be.

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    One of my mares sometimes has a clear/whiteish looking stuff that comes out of her teats as well. I don't think it is any real concern, and I am under the assumption most mares have it.

    I am not saying that this is what your horse is doing, especially if she has been anywhere near a stud.

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    lol, absolutely not, no stallions have ever come up to the property, and she would only leave to go to shows, but that was quite a few years ago....no no, definitely not pregers

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    It sounds like an infection--Masitis (sorry not sure how to spell). You need to check her temp and call a vet. asap. My mare got this last year and it can really be painful.
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    I did some research and it said that her teats would be firm, but they aren't, just fullish but soft, and not overly warm.... I have been reminded that she isn't my horse, and that the vet would get there at some point, but they don't see it as urgent...its been like this for an awful long time...

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    If her teats are very hard, swollen, hot, and tender it could be Mastitis, my 22 year old mare got it in one teat again this spring, treated with oral antibiotics it cleared right up.....she never had liquid in her teats till her old pony companion, died, a few years back, than she had almost clear "milk" when I cleaned her, to my amazement, I happened to grab and pull, cleaning and out squirted "milk" being a broodmare, she was not ticklish about being touched around her teats, and loved to have them cleaned.....which lead to her getting mastitis last year, I must have introduced bacteria in her teat, while cleaning...what caused it this year is a mysterty.....it she is in pain, it is most likelty mastitis, and needs antibiotics...good luck..

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    It doesn't seem painful, or sore really, she adores it when I bring out the little sponges, its probably because she can't reach those areas herself...its to he point where she moves her tail out of the way when you go behind her, her tail is in much better condition now, because she is no longer trying to scratch it on walls, its just the fluid that worries me a little.... I know what my friend will tell me when I tell her she needs to be seen by a vet, idk...I guess I will have to try harder...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BettaBlossoms View Post
    It doesn't seem painful, or sore really, she adores it when I bring out the little sponges, its probably because she can't reach those areas herself...its to he point where she moves her tail out of the way when you go behind her, her tail is in much better condition now, because she is no longer trying to scratch it on walls, its just the fluid that worries me a little.... I know what my friend will tell me when I tell her she needs to be seen by a vet, idk...I guess I will have to try harder...
    The fluid if it's clearish is normal in some older x brood mares, mine had it, the vet said not to worry about it unless it got thick and yellow, and sore (mastitis) Try not to express the liquid out, as some times dirt gets in and they can get mastitis from that...


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