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    11-21-2011, 12:33 PM
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Foal
Unhappy Why is she doing this?

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...
     
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    11-21-2011, 12:36 PM
  #2
Showing
She could have mastitis. You might want to have a vet out to look at her.
     
    11-21-2011, 09:39 PM
  #3
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Is there heat? Swelling? Does it seem painful? What is the color and consistency of the discharge? Is she around other horses, and what age/gender are they?
     
    11-22-2011, 12:06 PM
  #4
Foal
There is no heat or swelling and it does not seem painful. She stays out with about 6 other mare that's ages range from 8-27. But there is also a 8 month old out there with them. My mom believes she used to be a brud mare but I just don't feel like its normal for her to have been doing this since I got here a year ago
     
    11-22-2011, 12:09 PM
  #5
Banned
Is she overweight?
     
    11-22-2011, 01:48 PM
  #6
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I have a mare that always has milk in her udder.Her udder is more like 2 more plump nipples not much more,but more than what you'd see on a "normal" dry mare.She has had 2 foals the youngest is 5years!
     
    11-23-2011, 05:36 PM
  #7
Foal
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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
     
    11-25-2011, 12:09 AM
  #8
Foal
Bubba13: No she is not overwieght at all. She is in really good shape.



MahoganyBay: No she is only out with horses. We do have goats baby cows and pigs but they are all contained seprate.
     
    11-25-2011, 12:30 AM
  #9
Foal
AppyLove, I wasn't ruling out anther horse, I was just stating it is not an uncommon behavior among the lactating domestic mammals I've had. It is a possibility another horse could be nursing her.
Some mares will "adopt" another youngster if they miss their foal, but it may be that "surrogate foal" is an adult horse. Just because they're an adult doesn't mean they won't drink milk, as long as the mare doesn't prevent it.
     
    11-25-2011, 12:32 AM
  #10
Foal
I just read your prior post and noticed you stated that there is an eight month old out with her. That may very well be the culprit.
     

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