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    04-24-2012, 07:13 PM
  #1
Yearling
So scared my mare is pregnant!

Disclaimer: I am a new horse owner and tend to worry WAY too much so I thought I would come on here and maybe you all can talk some sense into me.

I know nothing about my mare's background except that she is a retired polo pony. One vet aged her at 15, the other 23. (Which is a whole other story) She was in FL and was brought to Virginia in early December of 2011.

When she first arrived in Virginia, she was practically starved. The people I bought her from put about 50 pounds on her before I bought her.

I bought her at the end of January and she has steadily been putting on weight with good nutrition and we are working on adding muscle.

I am pretty sure I have gone through two heat cycles with her. The first one in March, she was winking like crazy. I didn't notice winking in April but there was one day of personality change that was pretty drastic...but she was back to her normal wonderful self the next day.

On Saturday, I stopped by the farm to give her an apple and I noticed she was leaking milk....a lot of milk. It was covering her back feet.

And that was when the worrying started.

I stopped by today and she is still leaking milk.

I have no idea if she was ever bred. I read that some mares mare leak milk for a few years afterwards. Her teats do not seem swollen or bagged up.

BUT, I have spent too much time on google and have somehow convinced myself she is pregnant.

I read that leaking milk is a sign of being in advanced pregnancy.

I also read that some mares continue to have heat cycles while in foal.

Because she came from a home where they didn't care enough to feed her, the possibility of them not caring enough to separate her from stallions is pretty good.

I have a call in to my vet and am waiting to hear back...

In the meanwhile, I am looking for opinions. Am I worrying over nothing????? Someone please tell me I am crazy. I won't be offended, I promise.

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    04-24-2012, 07:19 PM
  #2
Started
The only way to know for sure is get the vet to check her!
     
    04-24-2012, 07:22 PM
  #3
Banned
When in doubt, call the vet out!
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    04-24-2012, 07:23 PM
  #4
Yearling
I hope not, she doesn't look hugely big. Maybe she is one of the oddballs :) Let's hope so anyways lol
     
    04-24-2012, 07:23 PM
  #5
Yearling
Vet has been called...waiting for a call back!
     
    04-24-2012, 07:31 PM
  #6
Super Moderator
She sure does not look pregnant.
     
    04-24-2012, 07:41 PM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
She sure does not look pregnant.
When I think logically, I don't think she does either. I need to just chill out and stop worrying so much and wait for the vet to call me back.

Deep breaths.....

Has anyone had a non pregnant mare leaking milk? How common is it?
     
    04-24-2012, 07:55 PM
  #8
Trained
I don't think it's milk she's leaking, it's called something else. I have been told sometimes when they are in heat, they will do this, but this wasn't a vet who told me this so not a 100% sure of that. She doesn't look in foal at all, I would be extremely surprised if she was. Anyways, it's best to get the vet out, have him check her teeth while he is there, good time to do that.
     
    04-24-2012, 08:01 PM
  #9
Yearling
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Originally Posted by waresbear    
I don't think it's milk she's leaking, it's called something else. I have been told sometimes when they are in heat, they will do this, but this wasn't a vet who told me this so not a 100% sure of that. She doesn't look in foal at all, I would be extremely surprised if she was. Anyways, it's best to get the vet out, have him check her teeth while he is there, good time to do that.
Yeah, I was looking for some info on that but couldn't find any reputable sites that confirmed that. I am hoping the vet will tell me that it is just a hormonal " time of month" thing.

The vet was just out on March 30 and floated her teeth. Would have been a little more convienent if she had been leaking then! But no, looks like I could be paying for another farm call.
Oh well, better safe than sorry.
     
    04-24-2012, 08:10 PM
  #10
Green Broke
I've owned my little mare for about 4 years now-that whole first year I wondered if she was pregnant because she has a large belly & I can always squeeze some fluid out. No, I didn't do a PPE. I would have been OK w/a foal. I went 2 owners back & found out she had 2 (1/2 Arab) foals but that was awhile back. She didn''t foal, but others at times ask if she's PG. She isn't & won't be as she's 20 & I'm decades older than that. LOL
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