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posted 04 July 2000 11:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RKM   Click Here to Email RKM     Edit/Delete Message
Edemaisbasically excess fluid trapped usually just under the skin. You some times see it when horses are kickedin the chest. A bag of soft fluid will form over the bruising.

In this case my pregnant mare was retaining fluid especially under her belly and along her sides. It can get quite hard and obstruct blood or milk flow. In my mare's case she developed an infection as well. Foal was born 2 weeks early and we are now treating as an orphan while trying to help mama.

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posted 02 July 2000 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Athenaahh   Click Here to Email Athenaahh     Edit/Delete Message
What is edema?

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posted 01 June 2000 08:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for McCalls   Click Here to Email McCalls     Edit/Delete Message
This happens to a lot of old mares. We try to keep them from getting to fat during the last trimester of pregnancy. It is important to be sure that they get enough quality protein but they don't need any extra calories. Also these girls tend not to move around much - so light exercise is a big help.

Once a mare has developed this - it is more likely to reoccur. Age is a big factor -so next year, be ready. Don't let it get out of hand before trying to fix it.

We try to control it with management practices rather than drugs. We hate to inject anything into a pregnant mare - be as we all know some times it is necessary.

But just like with humans, there is always a risk and if you don't have to, caution is the best course of action.

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posted 25 May 2000 10:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RKM   Click Here to Email RKM     Edit/Delete Message
I have an older mare (19) that is due in July. She developed a hec of a lot of edema along her sides and under her belly. Unfortunately, we didn't realize what is was until it got bad enough that she was stiff when she walked. I had the vet out and he put her on a diuretic (I inject every other day) and prescribed lots of walking, massage, and cold hosing. It has been going down steadily but at this rate will take another week to completely get resolved. As it has been going down we can get a better view under her belly as to how extensive it was - poor baby. I have never seen this before. Why would it happen this year and not before? She has been bred fairly regularly and carries well. What are the causes?

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