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Mare hates having udder touched

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Dorthy Brown (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted From: 136.181.195.17
Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 04:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Anyone have any ideas how to get my mare use to having her udder/teats touched? SHe has had 8 foals and I was told had no problems. I have been trying to desensitize her but she literally snorts and stomps when I put my hand even close She is usually a very mild mannered mare. I am not sure she is pregnant but believe so and think much further along than we thought. Her teats and udder seems to be developing and I wanted to see if I could express any milk but I cannot get close enough to try.
Any ideas or should I just keep on trying and eventually she will get use to it?
 

Anonymous
 
Posted From: 203.221.71.215
Posted on Friday, July 22, 2005 - 01:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Can I suggest first that you have her checked to see if she is pregnant? She may not have a problem with nursing but she may just get nervous at humans fondling around with her udder. If she is pregnant they can sometimes become sensitive around that area. Don't worry too much it's just simply one of her dislikes. Like humans,horses have dislikes aswell, wether being touched on the ears or being touched on the nose, etc.

Goodluck.
 

Katy
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Username: Joskt

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Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2005 - 01:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My mare didn't like having her udder handled for the last month of so of her pregnancy, but she is a great nurser and will even let us milk her now.

Katy
 

Dorthy Brown (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Monday, August 01, 2005 - 01:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I guess I am mostly worried about cleaslyness and wanted to try to clean between her teats as our other mare gets very gross and crusty there but she will not let me near to even try to clean her there
 

Deena
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Username: Morganslil1

Post Number: 149
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Monday, August 01, 2005 - 02:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Dorthy what I have always done with my mares is I work slowly as I groom them and I use firm pressure as I work under there bellys moveing back twards there udder because a light touch seems to get more of a reaction aka kick the fly.
I keep one hand on there backs so I can feel it if they start to tense up and react.Always remember to be careful and not get hurt.
 

Terry O.
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Username: Ksfarmer

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Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Monday, August 22, 2005 - 04:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have trained my mares (blm adopted mustangs) to accept being touch on their udders. First I start on their belly and run my hand back slowly until they get a little nervous. Then I stop, with my hand still on them and waite until they relax, When they relax I let my hand off. With that hand I will scratch them on an itchy area and tell them "good girl" and start all over again until I'm happy with the results. I agree with Deena in that you should keep one hand on their back to feel for a reaction and to help keep yourself steady.



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