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Can a mare be pregnat if she has milk?

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kelly roberts
Neonate
Username: Kelly40

Post Number: 1
Registered: 11-2010
Posted on Sunday, November 07, 2010 - 01:10 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

today i was cleanning my friends horses teats and she squirted out milk. does it mean that she is pregnat?
 

Jos
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Post Number: 3047
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Sunday, November 07, 2010 - 10:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Not necessarily. Non-pregnant mares, particularly if fat, can also have milk. If you have any doubts however, you should have the mare checked.
 

kelly roberts
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Username: Kelly40

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Posted on Sunday, November 07, 2010 - 05:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

thanks soo much for the response.. and yes the mare is overwieght but has lost weight from exercise and a great diet but a vet check sure will be in order..thanks again,kelly
 

kelly roberts
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Username: Kelly40

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Registered: 11-2010
Posted on Sunday, November 07, 2010 - 05:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

i do have one more question for you...i have a mixed arabian mare about 16 years old... she has a tenency of dragging her back legs(or hooves) out in pastere,but when i ride her she picks up fine-she has always done this since ive owned her for 7 years.its just a pain to keep her hooves rounded..so my question is--is she just being lazy? my other horses dont do this.she sound but it looks funny
 

Jos
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Posted on Monday, November 08, 2010 - 02:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Not a reproduction question, so best ask your farrier or your vet! :-)
 

Holly
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Bonny

Post Number: 2317
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - 09:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jos...
Could you explain to me why an over weight mare can produce milk? And also, once she loses the weight will it stop? , if so , how long does it usually take?
I am thinking this is what happened to my mare, but she has been loosing weight steadily for almost 4 months and now is at a more desirable weight.
Also another question, Will the loosing of the weight also shorten her cycle days? Or could this be from winter coming? The first cycle she had after she came here, she showed to my gelding for almost a week but the last 2-3 cycles she has only shown for one day. Your thoughts on this?
Thanks in advance!
 

Jos
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Posted on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 09:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Typically this issue relates to increased prolactic production which stimulates mammary development and milk production. Whether it will go away when she loses weight depends upon the underlying cause of the obesity - if the obesity is related to Cushing's or pre-Cushing's syndrome then that issue will have to be resolved or brought under control before the hormonal irregularity resolves.

Showing to a gelding is an unreliable form of estrus determination. Although some mares will "show", typically the gelding will not give a consistent degree of teasing and consequently over time the mare may lose interest in him causing an apparent reduction in response. If she was teased with a stallion you may have seen a completely different response. Or not!
 

Dorthy Brown
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Username: Dodib

Post Number: 493
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Monday, November 29, 2010 - 01:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a mare that is not overweight but her previous owners used her as a breeding machine and she now always has milk. Not a huge udder but puffy-- and we can express milk if we try
 

Allison Sable
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Username: Sableranch

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Registered: 06-2011
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2011 - 01:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a mare that is 14 and has had 7 foals (none in the last 2 years) She is not fat at all infact is a hard keeper and needs all you can eat food. She is producing milk, should i be worried. It was convinient last year when her daughter died and left a 2 mo old foal that needed nursing (the grandmother nursed it to 5 months with no hiccups or rejection issues).it's now the 3rd spring with no foal and she still lactates. Should we be concerned. could this be why we are having trouble getting her pregnant the past 3 years where previous years she was easy?
 

Sara
Weanling
Username: Sznanners

Post Number: 49
Registered: 08-2010
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2011 - 04:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I recently took in a mare that is approximately 14 years old. She was underweight and a very hard keeper as well. I called the vet out as soon as I got her home and her checked her to verify she was not in foal. He said some mares just produce and that it is nothing to worry about. He called it witches milk....she is a great mare and has filled out nicely and looks wonderful.....and still has milk :-)I had him out again last week as my other mare was injured and he took a peek at her again and said she may always have it and still told me not to worry. Best of luck to you :-)
As far as getting her bred, I have no idea as I have not planned to breed my mare...although she is such a sweetie and registered very well, she has had it rough and I just don't want to put her through that. Hope all goes well for you!



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