We had a late mare show up last year and bred her in June and she was due for a July 1st foal. The owner brought her back because she was vetted out as open they said. They are ranchers and let their horses out on pasture all winter. She hadn't been seen for months. I asked about a culture being done and she said her Vet didn't recommend one. The mare is thin and has a huge bag. She squirts milk easily by barly milking her.
My first question is, would a mare who aborted a foal 2 months early have a big bag like that?
I'm not even convinced this is the same mare. Her condition has gone through a radical change for the worse, for sure, but she almost seems like a mare who recently lost a full term baby. But maybe mares who foal prematurely can bag up heavy too. There was no problem with the mare lactating last year. Maybe a hormonal problem?
I'd appreciate any thoughts on this. Thank you.
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