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        11-25-2011, 01:16 AM
    Originally Posted by MahoganyBay    
    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
    Lol. Silly goat!
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        11-28-2011, 12:35 AM
    Guarantee the 8 month old is the one nursing off of her. If she was in fact a brood mare in the past she is use to babies suckling all the time even if from other mares foals, so it may not bother her to have another foal connected to her. If she doesn't seem like anything is bothering her while riding or during her normal daily routine, I wouldn't worry about it unless it is literally leaking and spraying out.
        11-28-2011, 11:23 AM
    Yes, that idea hit me, but the only thing about that is, everytime he gets near her, she kicks or bites him.
        11-28-2011, 02:00 PM
    That's common too, both of my mares had foals and they would kick or bite their foals every time they tried to suckle, because the mares were trying to wean their foals, but eventually they get tired of trying and just give in.

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