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Should I be able to express milk

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  • My mare is expressing milk is she pregnant
  • Is being able to express milk a sign of pregnancy

 
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    07-28-2011, 08:51 PM
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Foal
Should I be able to express milk

I think the title says it all. If my mare is bred and in her last 2 months should I be able to express milk?
     
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    07-28-2011, 09:18 PM
  #2
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Originally Posted by I3Emommy    
I think the title says it all. If my mare is bred and in her last 2 months should I be able to express milk?
There is a lot of variance - mares will be mares - but on the average, mares begin bagging up 6 weeks before delivery. When the bag first stays full 24 hours a day they are usually about 2 weeks out. But again, that is on the average, and mares take great joy in trying not to be average.

At 2 months out, I doubt you could express milk. You reallly shouldn't do that anyway except a little if you want to test it, but you are too far out to be worried about testing...
     
    07-28-2011, 09:28 PM
  #3
Foal
Well that's the problem I'm not sure when she is due, if she is even bred at all. I'm looking for all the signs, and I wondered if expressing milk was one of them.
     
    07-28-2011, 10:07 PM
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Originally Posted by I3Emommy    
Well that's the problem I'm not sure when she is due, if she is even bred at all. I'm looking for all the signs, and I wondered if expressing milk was one of them.
Well, your question was if a mare is "in her last 2 months". The best sign of whether your mare is pregnant is when the vet says she is. You really should find out whether she is or not. Depending upon how far along she is (if she is pregnant), she may need certain vaccinations and be bulked up into a moderately fleshy condition if she is not already, and wormed properly just before foaling. Prenatal care is important in horses just as it is with people.

Not preaching here, just saying...
     
    07-28-2011, 10:12 PM
  #5
Foal
Oh I don't hear preaching. I appreciate all of your advice.
     
    07-28-2011, 10:28 PM
  #6
Trained
Faceman just wanted to point out that the mare in question is a mini, so not sure that a vet would do a palp to find out lol. Can they u/s minis? They have to be able to right? They can do an internal u/s on us humans, they have to have the technology lol.
     
    07-29-2011, 02:04 AM
  #7
Started
Is there other signs of a possible pregnancy? Just being able to express milk isn't much of an indicator necessarily. I have a mare that I can express milk from most of the year,Doesn't have a bag just fuller looking teats,she isn't pregnant & she hasn't foaled in 5 yrs.
     
    07-29-2011, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Chiilaa    
Faceman just wanted to point out that the mare in question is a mini, so not sure that a vet would do a palp to find out lol. Can they u/s minis? They have to be able to right? They can do an internal u/s on us humans, they have to have the technology lol.
I had no idea she was a mini. If it were me, and I was an inexperienced breeder, I would PM 2manyminis on this board for suggestions and advice. She is an excellent resource for information on minis and mini breeding and can help you (I3Emommy) with any questions or information you may need...tell her Face referred you...
     
    07-31-2011, 02:32 AM
  #9
Foal
If she is around 7 months on then yes you can do an ultrasound (it would be external through the abdonimal wall) but it is easier to just do a blood test to see if she's pregnant.
     

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