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cakemom 08-10-2010 07:17 PM

Heaven help me, need advice here
Well, today I went out to ride Ms Flicka, I'm working her at te trot for Sarah, as she was only green broke when we rescued her. Well, remember she was a rescue, we've had her six months and she graded maybe a 2 when we got her.
I am brushing her down - look down and low and behold she looks bagged up. I reach down and give a squeeze and yup, you guessed it, she's producing milk full stream.
So....I'm guessing she was exposed to a stallion before we got her, so she's at least six months. She is on 24/7 pasture, safe choice and alfalfa pellets and western coastal hay 2x daily. I guess I'll have the vet out again...I JUST spent $500 on the nose business, but oh well

So.....I am gonna be a gramma, oh did I mention she's FOUR, what idiot exposed an underweight four year old to a stallion?
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cakemom 08-10-2010 08:46 PM

Maybe it's a false pregnancy?
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lilruffian 08-10-2010 08:52 PM

Mares dont usually start lactating until the last 30 days of prenancy & some inexperienced mothers wont start until a few hours before birth.

cakemom 08-10-2010 08:57 PM

So you're saying if she is I have less than a month left?
Don't get me wrong, of she is she is, just want to be prepared.

Calling the vet tomorrow.
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lilruffian 08-11-2010 12:29 AM

Typically, yes, maybe less. Does she look pregnant?

corinowalk 08-11-2010 12:33 AM

Yikes...thats a sticky situation!

Did I read on this forum somewhere that too much clover can cause a maiden to bag up and possibly produce milk? I dont know where that info is coming from but it sounds right to me.

On the other side...if she is producing enough milk to stream...I would think her a bit more along than 6 months.

Your vet should be able to palp her and tell right away. Poor sweet girl...finally gets herself saved only to find herself preggers!

DSJ46 08-11-2010 02:24 AM

something similar happened to some friends of mine...they adopted a mare from a rescue organization and found they had a two-for-one...the rescue organization claimed immaculate conception

Kayty 08-11-2010 02:45 AM

Possibly a phantom pregnancy, as someone said above, mares won't usually start lactating until they are just about ready to pop. If you don't know how to pick a pregnant mare, I would get a vet out asap to have a look

cakemom 08-11-2010 08:55 AM

Well, she was literally snatched out of a field rescued. So who knows.....
Calling vet today, she has not been on clover, but a well fertilized Bermuda/Bahia pasture. She does have a belly, but not what I would call a pregnant belly look. Remember this is a horse I ride several times a week and groom daily, so I'm very aware of her changes. We really noticed the belly with the grass, and chalked it up to grass belly.
I have a friend who breeds quarters, so I'll have to chew his ear.
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cakemom 08-16-2010 09:28 PM

Update: we are seeing lots of movement, I'm thinking she is pregnant. Haven't had her palpated yet, vets opinion is she's prob preg and wait and see. She's doing great though (other than a relapse of snots).
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