Originally Posted by AppyLove
I got my mare about a year ago and the previous owners said she has had babys before and the last one she had was 2 years ago. But for some reason ever since I've had her she has been lactating. I didnt think anything of it but its been a year and im starting to worry...
Is she with other horses or animals? Could it be possible that another pasture mate (horse or other) is "nursing" her? Don't laugh, I've seen this with other animals (goats, sheep, etc), sometimes an adult pasture mate will nurse if the lactating one allows it and some individuals will lactate for 2-3 years after having their last baby. My husband even had one goat that would nurse itself, turning her head under herself to suckle her own teats, often leaving nothing for her baby, or for us
. We had to rig a neck cradle to prevent her from stealing her own milk