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post #1 of 17 Old 12-31-2010, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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Mares Udders?

What are Mares udders meant to look like when they are not pregnant?
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post #2 of 17 Old 12-31-2010, 02:48 PM
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Small and not noticable.

Horses are scared of two things... Things that move and things that don't.
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post #3 of 17 Old 12-31-2010, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Hmm really?! My mares are big enough and you can see them moving if she is trotting etc. And you can see them when you lift her tail! I hope she is not pregnant!
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If she's not swollen, hot to the touch, or tender, I would not worry about it. There are all sizes, just like some male horses' sheaths are much smaller and tidier than others'. A mare that has had foals in her past will likely have a larger udder than a maiden mare, too. Just pay attention to what is normal for her and if it changes (e.g. Keeps getting bigger) then you could ask your vet on the next vet visit.

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I got her only three months ago and I know she was in a field with other horses but I am not sure if there were stallions or not. The last owner said there was a 'colt' but like I dunno what age and if he was gelded or not :/ I cannot touch her udders. She does not like it at all. And she has had other foals before so maybe that is it :)

She also twitches a lot when her belly is touched but she is probably just sensitive there.
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The udder is a sensitive area, and your description sounds like she's not used to being touched there. If you work with her, she might get less touchy. You can keep an eye on her, whether or not you can handle her there, which would let you see if anything is changing. You might ask how old the 'colt' was and if he was gelded or not, that would be some peace of mind.
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post #7 of 17 Old 12-31-2010, 03:39 PM
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Horses don't have udders...they have teats :P

I use to call them udders but cows have those
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post #8 of 17 Old 12-31-2010, 04:23 PM
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Technically, the udder is the "bag" part that produces the milk, and the "teats" are the nipple part that goes in the foal's mouth. So, both horses and cows have both udders and teats. So do goat, sheep, camels, etc. I assumed from the OP's description that she was talking about the whole thing - udder and teats together.
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post #9 of 17 Old 12-31-2010, 06:22 PM
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I feel sorry for your poor mare. Chance are she has had a foal or two in the past, and her body just has never gone back to normal. Poor love is probably just a little saggy, and here you are spreading the news over the internet!

LOL I am just kidding by the way, if you at all suspect that your girl could be PG, it might be worth a vet trip. Good luck :)

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post #10 of 17 Old 12-31-2010, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah when I said Udders I meant everything XD


Lol I guess she is just like that from her previous foals. I do not need her to be pregnant...She has only started getting back into work.
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