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post #1 of 6 Old 06-08-2019, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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Yearling trying to nurse maiden

Hello ,

My yearling was weaned for 6 months (closer to 7). She is in with her dam and a maiden mare. She has been harassing the maiden multiple times a day trying to nurse. This is a new behavior the 3 have been together for over a month and she just started this. Her mother has not let her nurse. But she is going after my maiden. I put swat on everyones "areas" for the flies and this still hasn't detered her.

The maiden is encouraging her and wont tell her to ****** off. Any advice? Will she make this mare lactate?

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-08-2019, 03:55 PM
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This is normal behavior. Nursing is a necessary survival instinct that in the wild gets carried out longer than we typically allow in domestication. It's like a hard to break habit that will take awhile to go away. I wouldn't worry about it as it is causing no harm. As far as causing the maiden's milk to come in, I have never had this happen with wandering nursers. I won't say it can't happen since I honestly don't know. That might be a question for your vet.
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-08-2019, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks. Just hope her dam doesn't allow her back on, as she is old and had to be weaned earlier than planned due to not being able to get weight back on her fast enough before winter set in. Fingers crossed she doesn't get my barrel horse lactating like a jersey. Lol
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There was a weanling that used to try to nurse from my gelding all the time. Awwwwkward.
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-09-2019, 01:31 AM
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I had a weanling that I put in with my gelding. Uncle Clip had the cleanest sheath in town and enjoyed the cleaning process, yes nasty. Only part he didn't like, was when the weanling banged on his back to let down the milk. All of that eventually stopped after a few weeks.

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post #6 of 6 Old 06-09-2019, 12:51 PM
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My younger gelding used to do it to my older gelding. As long as he didn't use teeth, he wasn't chased off.
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