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    06-13-2009, 01:20 PM

Galactorrhea is abnormal lactation in a mare who is not pregnant. The key is NOT pregnant. My mare had a foal 3 years ago and still has nipple discharge - it is not colostrum, but a grey-clear liquid. I was wondering if anyone has experience with this?

She does not seem to have Cushings - she is healthy, energetic, and in good weight. The breeding 3 years ago did involve AI and she was put into an induced heat cycle. I wondered if the artifical hormones used for this may have messed up the hormone regulation of the cycle.

I have not gotten any definitive info from vets. I worry about a pituitary tumor. I would appreciate any information anyone has to offer!
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    06-13-2009, 03:01 PM
Hi there...
I personally have not dealt with this issue but being that my father has been breeding horses for many many year I could try to run the question by him at some point
I did a quick search on the internet about this issue and what I found was the same thing over and over..."have the vet check to see if the mare is pregnant.
Is there any chance at all that the mare could have gotten pregnant?
Sound funny but at the place I keep my horse there was a mare and gelding that were and have been pastured together for years! Well no one knew that the mare was pregnant. They saw that she was gaining weight but because the older gelding in the pasture had be caturated (sp) they did not even think this a possibility!
One morning they found a foal out with the mare.
In reading the few things that I did I found that there was only brief info about the condition...And most of it regarded mares who were due to foal.
My parents are really busy but if I get a chance to ask my father if he has ever had this happen with one of his mares that was NOT pregnant I will ask if he knows any reason/ causes of why this would happen in an unpregnant mare.
Maybe some research and another opinion from some other vets may help...
Hope it will resolve and on its own, and not be to big of a deal.
PM me if you would like to discuss further...we can do some searching to see what we both come up with...
    06-14-2009, 12:27 AM
Good point, this is something to rule out. I leased her to a person in Kansas and then ended that and had her shipped to me in Oregon. That was 8 months ago. Although I do not think she is pregnant, or has been in contact with a stallion, I certainly know stranger things have happened. Thanks for your idea. I will certainly think to rule that out. Keep me posted if your father has heard of this!
    06-14-2009, 01:07 AM
How goes it...
Yes stranger things can and have happened...
I should be able to aske my Dad may be tommorrw or the next day. I know things are very busy with them but will see if he can give em a short answer!
I will PM or reply her...
Good nite...

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