Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Bloob

Trying to off-set the awkward mare mammary pics
with a bridle I ended up buying over the weekend.
#don'ttelltheboyfriend
Last Saturday during another saddle fitting evaluation with Kelsey, I noticed Annie's udder was swollen. And at risk of having my blog pulled down the wormhole of weird google searches, herein her horse bosoms will be known as The Bloob.

Mare was not pleased with my poking and prodding of The Bloob and the area was hot to the touch. I took into account her temperature and found it to be slightly elevated, but not alarming. The area was scanned for any scrapes or otherwise, but none was to be found.

Bloob: "Hehehe, I'm just here to have fun!"

I took photos, sent them off to friends and also sent a quick e-mail to my Vet (who is 9 hours away). I buted her in an effort to manage the swelling a bit more. I didn't necessarily want to overdo it in this aspect, especially if we were battling something much more sinister.

(As a sidenote, the fitting went well - she still is suitable for my jump saddle despite the changes her body went through and we discussed some leather/color options for my custom saddle (hoping to put the remainder of the deposit down in the new year).)

As would any other horse owner, my initial reaction was that The Bloob was a toxic balloon of infection and was going to overtake my horse. Thankfully I have some good friends who gave me assurance it was probably nothing more than some edema. Winters can be tough for horses, esp when their paddocks are covered in snow and they'd rather just eat all day and wander through the trails they've made because heaven forbid they have to break trail.

ANGRY BLOOB.
The following morning after discovering the swelling, I found The Bloob to be even angrier. The area in question looked like an inflated water balloon and made my own chest ache. I palpated the area again and it was HOT HOT HOT. Mare seemed less agitated with me touching it and even humored me when I attempted to milk her like a cow to see if I could urge any kind of liquid out. (My poor lady).

Stripping her blanket off, I went for a long hand-walk with N and AJ. Periodically through the walk, I checked her "under the hood goods" and found The Bloob was starting to dissipate, which is a great sign. And although my little mare was certainly not feeling 100%, she was game enough to spook at random snow piles and hack out bareback in a halter so we could get some trotting in.

Arriving back at the barn, I temped her and it read 102.5F. I instantly felt bad for clambering aboard when she clearly was not feeling good, but felt some success in being able to eradicate The Bloob. The Vet e-mailed me back at this point and her instructions were to hand-walk and trot Annie, as she also believed it to be edema. So, I guess I can't feel too badly?

Good girl!
By the following day her temperature dropped to a much more respectable reading and The Bloob started to disappear. The once hard lump began to feel more like jell-o and it was no longer hot. And as of Wednesday, everything "under there" feels normal. I am thankful it was nothing more than some swelling from standing around eating vs an infection that could've done more serious damage.

At work during lunch, the Boyfriend looked over and raised an eyebrow as I scrolled through my camera roll. It features many photos of The Bloob and I'm sure if someone got a hold of my phone for even a second, they would think I'm into some very weird horse stuff.


20 comments:

  1. Sigh. My Bloobs get bigger when I stand around eating all day instead of moving, too. ;)

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  2. Poor girl. I wonder if it wasn't a slight infection that she was able to fight off herself? Only because of the elevated temp. Glad she's on the mend!
    The bloob faces are great by the way! Also, when I had Jamp gelded (at the age of 13) my poor vet got a LOT of photos of horse junk... so you're not alone!

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    1. There totally could be - the Vet didn't mention anything, but stranger things have happened for sure!

      I have my fingers crossed this is the last of the Bloob we will be seeing. The Vet also got tons of Annie bloob photos haha.

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  3. ugh poor Annie! we had a hardy little pony in on stall rest with a soft tissue injury and he definitely started experiencing similar edema after being so sedentary for so long. hopefully that's all it was and nothing else nefarious going on!

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    1. Sheath swelling is the worst. A friend of mine dealt with it in her gelding over the winter and he was so miserable :(

      Thankfully I am off for the Christmas holidays so we'll be able to move around more.

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  4. Sounds like the Bloob is getting under control and you did the right thing walking and trotting her. Good luck with this.

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  5. I'm glad that it came down so quickly. I guess she's not moving around so much on her own?

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    1. I guess not. Sigh.

      The paddock is full of snow still - some spots are about 3ft high and the horses REFUSE to break trail because it's just soooo much work. Doesn't help with all the rain and freezing overnight the snow has a thick layer of crusty ice on top.

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  6. I have massive series of photos of Ruby's udders from last year when we dealt with some weird and inexplicable swelling haha. The amount of "bloob" shots sent to my mom and friends was out of control 😂

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    1. Glad Annie isn't the only one with expressive Bloobs!!

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  7. It is amazing how much they stop moving around once the snow gets a bit deep. I can see where the horses walk in the snow and these days it is all just around the shelter and feeding area with most of the paddock completely untouched. Glad the Bloob resolved quickly!

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    1. Ugh, yup. My two as well.

      I can't wait for the snow to melt!!

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  8. bloob edema sounds like the worst kind of edema!!

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  9. Bloob is an apt description! Glad that it stopped being so angry, also I like that you cartoonized it lol

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  10. I wonder why her temp was up with edema? Glad it went down! Most owners probably wouldn't have even noticed it.

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    1. My suspicion is that she had a minor infection in the area which she managed to clear up herself. I am thinking the edema was a "secondary" thing, if you know what I mean.

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