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post #1 of 6 Old 10-06-2013, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Is my mare in foal?

I have a 14 year old dales pony x welsh section d mare. I have only had her for a week. I bought her up from the field today and noticed that her leg was covered in milk, it was dripping from her teats and pooling on the floor, I squeezed her teat and milk was squirting out. In her field there is a herd of about 15 horses and none of the geldings have seemed to bother with her and she is always far away on her own; apparently according to people on the yard this is very unusual as the geldings normally bother with the new horses/mares. Her previous owners said that she had been 'running with a stallion' but have not given any specific further information/dates and now refuse to answer the phone to me. Her belly is quite low and an oval shape, my friends have examined her and think she may be in foal, they are saying she is due soon but she doesn't look it. They have said that her vagina is slack and that she has defiantly had foals before but not within two years (the time the previous owner had her).Is it possible that she may be having a phantom pregnancy in such a short time? I had not noticed any waxing up of the teats.. She is quite a quiet mare and very lazy, I am now thinking is this perhaps that she might be in foal? Could you please give me your opinions on what you think..
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-06-2013, 06:43 PM
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Call the vet to palpate and check. That's the way to know for sure.
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-06-2013, 06:50 PM
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A vet would be the only person who can tell you if she's pregnant or not. Everyone else can only guess.

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post #4 of 6 Old 10-06-2013, 06:54 PM
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I had a mare 'milk' all summer amd she wasn't bred. Only a vet can tell you.

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post #5 of 6 Old 10-06-2013, 07:09 PM
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Milk means nothing. I would have a vet out to check this mare. You really need this done in case you put the mare and possible new foal as risk.

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I had a mare that would bag up to the point she couldn't walk (only once did it get that bad) Turns out it was just the clover she was getting (very well could've been a different type of grass) but I "think" it was clover. She also drooled profusely once getting to said clover.

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