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Udder Development and Eating Clay

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Udder Development and Eating Clay

Postby djrayne » Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:40 pm

Since I don't know if these are related I am asking about both in one thread. 16 year old mare, close to the 120 day mark, 5th pregnancy. 1st died (OWLS was likely according to vet - she was not mine at the time), 2nd healthy full term foal, 3rd (unexpected breeding prior to purchase) healthy foal. Not quite a surprise as udder development was noticed when floated/vet check due to continued poor condition so we increased/switched her feed to a mare and foal. Mare was in poor shape at purchase and it took forever to get her looking good. Pulled baby off early due to poor condition. 4th foal died during delivery - malposition and vet said baby was too big (intentional breeding to the same stallion she was bred by when we bought her as that foal was incredibly well built, athletic and has a great mind). She was not supposed to be bred again but the person watching the farm misread some directions and turned all the horses in together. That brings me to this point. She is on a senior feed, electrolytes, gets Pro Add Ultimate and alfalfa when available otherwise she is on 24/7 turnout and grass hay to supplement the poor pasture. She has just been put on loose minerals.

Mare is 120 days in and for about a week we have noticed her digging down to clay and licking. There is also a tub with clay that has been collected out of sand deliveries that she has been seen grabbing a mouthful and sucking on it. Spits out most of it once she has satisfied herself.

Grooming her Monday I noticed her udder though still small is larger than when not gestating and firm. Not hot.

I am out of town now until the weekend and will have the vet out if she is still this continues.
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Re: Udder Development and Eating Clay

Postby djrayne » Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:51 pm

Adding to the above as it may be pertinent. She is a mare with silent heat cycles. This year has been different as they have become noticeable because her behavior is more forward and she winks, squirts and talks to the geldings across the fence. I at first assumed she was not pregnant as she continued to appear to cycle and behaviors have gotten more expressive. She is older (16).
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