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post #1 of 2 Old 06-25-2014, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Question Mare milk testing?

I've heard that you can test a mares milk to try and predict when she is going to foal. I've also heard to not touch the mares bag because it could mess up the milk production.

Is it safe to take a sample of a mares milk. I hear different opinions everywhere so I wanted to hear what you guys had to say.

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post #2 of 2 Old 06-26-2014, 12:44 AM
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Milk tests don't take much milk from the mare and you don't need to test often until the very end, tests are a good way to give a rough estimate of impending foaling but not always accurate. Some mares don't get their milk in until labor and some mares get their milk 2 weeks before labor. Just depends on how well a mare follows the general guidelines for showing signs of impeding foaling, the mares who are textbook the easiest during foal watch but each pregnancy is also different.
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