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post #1 of 9 Old 01-06-2012, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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hi, new here don't know my way around yet. But want to know is it normal for a mare to spray milk? Her foal is two mo. Old
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-06-2012, 08:51 PM
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No. It's usually a sign that the foal is not nursing. Is her udder engourged?
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post #3 of 9 Old 01-07-2012, 01:56 AM
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No that is not normal, sometimes mares will do that when they expecting a foal but not when they have already given birth.

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I would be concerned that the baby is not nursing normally.A mare should not be engorged & spaying otherwise.How is the foal??
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I would be concerned that the baby is not nursing normally.A mare should not be engorged & spaying otherwise.How is the foal??
well yesterday evening she was laying down and not as spirited as useual. I think she could be constipated . Her mother makes a let of milk and she eats plenty of hay with her mom. I noticed the mare not letting her eat. No sing of infection. And not really swollen . Just dripping and spraying. Thanks for your reply.
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post #6 of 9 Old 01-07-2012, 12:46 PM
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You have to make the mare nurse the baby. A two month old baby cannot live on hay. Maybe the mare is sore from the nursing but the baby has to eat. Also if the baby is not looking well she needs a vet sooner than later. It doesn't take much out of whack to kill a baby. Call a vet NOW.
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A 2 month old foal is still receiving most if his nutrition from his dam. He will pick at the hay and grain but his digestive system is too immature to do much with it. The amount he eats is also not enough to meet his growing needs. If he's the one that you're calling constipated, it's most likely from the hay that he can't digest. Take his temperature, take the mares temperature than call the vet. A foal that isn't eating can quickly become a dead foal.
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I hope this is a case of no news is good news
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Me too Natasha :(
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