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post #1 of 33 Old 07-19-2016, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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Yearling making an udder and now leaking cloudy fluid?!

It's a never ending stream of "what the..." with Nova.

Over the past few weeks we noticed her udder area seemed to be swelling (some days it was swollen, others it was hardly noticeable). Today it seemed bigger so I was feeling for any heat (there wasn't any), and I squeezed a teat and clear fluid came out. (No worries we will NOT be squeezing any more out.)

Could this just be a symptom of heat? We've had her for 4 months and it has swollen up since we first got her. She was in the BLM corrals for 9 months before that and unless they missed gelding a colt/stud she couldn't be pregnant - but they do make mistakes?

It seems odd to me..
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post #2 of 33 Old 07-19-2016, 03:39 AM
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What are you feeding her? Does she have access to clover? There are some things horses eat that simulate estrogen production - clover is a known culprit for causing non-pregnant mares to produce milk. Soy is another feed known to cause estrogen production. Some mares seem more susceptible than others.

LOL, my mares have some clover in their fields but I've never tried milking them to see if anything comes out.
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post #3 of 33 Old 07-19-2016, 03:49 AM Thread Starter
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She gets 25 lbs of alfalfa per day. (Spread over 3-4 feedings) and 6-8 lbs of Purina Junior feed. It doesn't look like Purina junior has soy in it..

No pasture, so no clover. I was quite surprised when something came out! So weird.

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post #4 of 33 Old 07-19-2016, 04:15 AM
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https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.agric...r%20(352P).pdf
This label online lists soybean oil in the Purina Junior, so that's possibly causing a hormone imbalance.
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post #5 of 33 Old 07-19-2016, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Interesting..

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post #6 of 33 Old 07-19-2016, 11:38 PM
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It is not unusual to see yearling filly with the hormonal changes coming into sexual maturity to get puffy/fullness to udder, have seen before

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Do you know her actual age? Could she actually be a 2 year old?

If she was a long yearling and was in with a stud 9 months ago or so, I don't think it would be out of the realm of possibility she's bred.
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post #8 of 33 Old 07-20-2016, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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@paintedpastures ; Glad you've seen this before! Did the ones you've seen produce any liquid?

@Rain Shadow ; Since the BLM doesn't track exactly when all the foals are born, her age is an estimate. She could be a little over one year or closer to two (maybe even over two). Should we blood test or get her vet checked? Ugh. It would be disastrous if she is pregnant... She's still a baby herself.

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Honestly a missex in the BLM pens wouldn't surprise me. Or a 'early bloomer' colt that's still with momma. They have so many horses to manage its gotta happen.

She looks closer to two IMO. Very similiar to Star as a long yearling.

I'd call your vet and see what they say. Can't hurt and I'd be worried about the fluid personally. Star was 11 months old when we got her and yes she did get puffy, but not fluid. None of the mares we run now get fluid either. But I'm a worry wart.

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In the FL makeover there was a stallion in the youth edition, he was almost 3, so it is possible to have a mix up.
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