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8 yr Maiden, ?? is going on with her?

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Rodgers
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Username: Vetrodgers11

Post Number: 1
Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - 06:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have an 8 yr old APHA maiden mare. She was live covered 6/20/06. The stallion was removed from property, no other intact males on property or surrounding properties. Stallion not returned until 12/24/06. Mare is only mildly increased in size around belly. Bagging up over last few days (but 1 month after due date??). Could this be early bagging for a November foal, this is FIVE months early. You can actually SQUIRT clear colostrum in streams out of both sides of her udder. Any other reasons for a maiden mare to be "milking" other than pregnancy? Thank you in advance.
 

Jos
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Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - 07:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

  • There is no such thing as a "due date" in the equine;
  • The average range of foalings is anywhere between 320 and 370 days;
  • You are still well within the range of "average";
  • There are other reasons for milk presence.
Have the mare checked for pregnancy status by a veterinarian experienced in pregnancy checking.
 

Rodgers
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Username: Vetrodgers11

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Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 09:04 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That is just it, the mare is well PAST the 370 mark even. I apologize for referring to the 342 as the due date, it is what we do here at the farm to give us an IDEA of when to expect baby. I have never had one run this late and to be honest she looks no where near foaling. She is very MILDLY enlarged. My question is about the OTHER reasons for milking. She was neg preg checked in August of last year by both palpation and ultrasound. Thanks
 

Jos
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Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 10:33 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If prolactin levels are elevated even in a non-pregnant mare then lactation is likely.

If your veterinarian is experienced in ultrasonography he will be likely to be able to ultrasound, and if there is a fetus present estimate gestational duration based upon orbit diameter.

It is advisable to have the mare checked, as if she is pregnant, and not close to foaling (i.e. pregnant from the later breeding period) then you are quite possibly looking at indications of impending abortion which may be preventable (depending upon the cause, your veterinarians experience and your degree of luck).



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