Currently I am in my Junior year at a new university which leaves me in a multitude of predicaments one of them is my lovely warmblood mare that I own. She is 14 this year and has fabulous breeding, and talented in both dressage (PSG/I1) and was a large jumper over in holland before I bought her. With that said, she is in great physical condition and no known health conditions, BUT... She is a grey, and like many greys has melanomas. Should I breed her if she has a melanoma in one of her teats? Or should I just forget about the idea and sell her and buy a weanling.
It is unlikely that the melanoma on a single side of the udder will significantly affect the foal although in order to be sure it would be advisable to have the udder evaluated by a veterinarian experienced in the field of equine reproduction. The concerns would be that (a) it might block the opening or interfere with the foal being able to nurse from that side, possibly leading to mastitis; or (b) that there might be an insufficient supply of milk from the single side for the foal (although it is amazing how fast foals will adapt to supplementation with milk replacer if needed).
Better safe than sorry - have the mare checked!
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