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post #1 of 10 Old 07-19-2019, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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New mare // pregnant or fat?

Okay, story time. We got this mare on Saturday for my boyfriend so he could accompany me on trails. She is a chunky horse, and I thought nothing of it. This morning I go out and I look at her udders (my gelding has a swollen sheath because of a bee sting so since I was looking in the nether regions I thought I’d check her out too) and I see that she is lactating. It is very white, not yellowish at all. She is on bermuda hay and they are both out in pasture. I give her and the gelding some soaked alfalfa cubes in the AM. Previous owner said she was out on pasture with other mares and a 2 yo mule colt. She had her for two years (or so) and said she doesn’t think there was a chance a stud could’ve been in with her. Hormones just out of wack? A vet is already coming out Tuesday to check them both out so I’ll have him feel around to be sure but I just wanted opinions. I’m new to the whole horse thing so anything helps, thanks!
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-19-2019, 08:42 PM
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IMO there is either a chance because she had a stud elsewhere on the property or there is a stud that wanders the neighborhood and you can bet if there is she knows about or there is not because there is no stud in the vicinity. Did she really have her two years would be my question. Could be mare had a foal and they are flipping her or has had a foal in the past and does this occasionally or never dried up. Could also be diet and hormone related. This has been an odd year. Let us know what the vet says.
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post #3 of 10 Old 07-19-2019, 09:24 PM
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I had a maiden mare I could milk, she was not in foal. But you'll know for sure when the vet comes.

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post #4 of 10 Old 07-19-2019, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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I don’t know if she had a stud elsewhere on the property, all she said was that she didn’t think she had been exposed. There’s not any studs or horses for that matter anywhere near us that I know of, just a whole lotta cows. I have no proof that she actually had her for two years, so your guess is as good as mine. She seemed like a halfway decent person so I guess I just took her at her word. I remember she specifically said she would make a good broodmare for a mule or something, and as we were leaving we saw the mule colt but he looked to be at least 2 years old to me so I don’t think she was lying about the age (not that he could be the dad anyways) but maybe she had another one? Who knows. I will definitely keep you guys updated.
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-19-2019, 11:06 PM
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Mules are sterile, it's usually a mammoth Jack and a horse that make a mule. Did she have any donkeys around?

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post #6 of 10 Old 07-20-2019, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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To be honest I saw about 4 horses up by her house and at least 7 more down in the pasture on the way out. I don’t remember seeing a donkey, I feel like it might’ve caught my eye but maybe I wasn’t paying attention
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-20-2019, 01:15 AM
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She doesn't LOOK pregnant, and her udder does not look like it is full. That's all I can say, from the photos. Nice looking mare.
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post #8 of 10 Old 07-20-2019, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
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I’m super relieved to hear that. I haven’t been around a pregnant horse before so all I had were pictures online. Not that anyone would say no to a foal running around (right?) but we only signed up for one horse when we got her haha
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She doesn't look pregnant (at least not in the latter stages pregnant) and the fact you can express something out of her teats doesn't necessarily mean she's lactating, or I suppose I should say lactating for a foal. I had a mare who would see a foal and immediately bag up. Not a real common occurrence. I'd have the vet check hormone levels and see if anything is out of whack, and of course, rule out a pregnancy because just the way you phrase some of the stuff the seller told you, makes me wonder. And I've been appalled at the number of open mares that I've seen sold this year that turned out not to be open after all. Does nobody pay attention to what's running their pastures or preg check their mares after having them covered anymore? A friend of mine bought a real nice Trak mare for her daughter last fall. Mare was not bred (per seller). Guess what, she had a colt a month ago. There went the daughter's show season.
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Thank you, that was what I was thinking too. She didn’t look so far along in a pregnancy that I would be able to expel anything from her teats so I’m glad you said the same. I’ve heard of mares bagging up around other foals, I’ve also heard a mare will ‘steal’ them away. I only have her and a gelding so I’m guessing at this point it’s hormonal. I’ve heard it could be flax or clover in a mares diet that’ll cause lactation, they do have access to fescue that has clover in it. They don’t munch on it from what I can tell but maybe she takes a bite or two here and there? I wish the vet was coming today, I’m so curious!
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