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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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White clover?

Has anyone ever heard of white clover causing a mare's bag to fill? I have a mare who's bag is 1/2 full normally this mare's bag doesn't look this way unless she is about 6 or 7 months in foal. I've had the vet out to look at her and she declared her open. When I asked the vet about the mare's bag being 'full' she said she could of gotten into some white clover. Have you heard of this happening? If not what else can make a mare's bag fill? Her bag isn't hard neither is it hot.

I'm taking her to the vet tomorrow to be checked to see if she might have an internal infection that could be causing this.
Here's a picture of her bag:

Any help would be appreciated.

Where are you from? USA

How did you locate this forum? friend sent me the link

Re: White clover?

Hi Silver,

White clover, actually the fungus that forms on it during wet seasons, can produce “dew poisoning” which is associated with photosensitization.

However, an enlarged udder is not, to the best of my knowledge, caused by white clover. I consulted with Theresa Jones, the author of “The Complete Foaling Manual” about your situation and she mentioned that she has seen this condition a few times, usually associated with a hormone imbalance. Sometimes there can be ovary problems where mares have been placed on Regumate to get them to stop producing milk.

Your vet will be the best one to advise you on this situation. Please keep me posted.

All the best,

Dr. Getty