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Mare dripping milk

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Kim Wallis
Neonate
Username: Ragsphantom

Post Number: 1
Registered: 08-2007
Posted on Wednesday, August 01, 2007 - 09:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My daughters 19 year old 12.2 pony mare started dripping milk? she has never had a foal infact rarely shows in season at all except for a few times last year when a new horse arrived on the yard, last year this (so called gelding) kept escaping into her field I say so called as we have now found out that the present owners have had big problem with his behaviour around mares they moved from our yard as he kept finding ways to escape his paddock usually into our ponies field, before he was gelded he covered mares and produced several foals so he does understand what the job is about and he obviously still thinks he is a stallion, is it possible the gelding was not complete or is our little mare just having a phantom? does anyone else have an idea she doesn't look huge but has changed shape a bit her nature has changed she is not bothered about company any more. the vet is coming tomorrow but I'm feel mad to even think she's possibly in foal.
 

Jan Owen
Breeding Stock
Username: 1frosty1

Post Number: 514
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Wednesday, August 01, 2007 - 10:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well Kim...maybe maybe....I am glad you called the vet. What color is the milk from her udder? Is her udder big? Hopefully is she is he was a handsome guy. Please keep us posted. Others will chime in and Welcome...sort of backwards I guess :-)
 

Kim Wallis
Neonate
Username: Ragsphantom

Post Number: 2
Registered: 08-2007
Posted on Wednesday, August 01, 2007 - 12:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The milk (fluid) is creamy white, the udders are not huge but bigger than all the other mares I have compared them too, Rags is a very pretty dark bay welsh pony, he is a handsome colored chap about 14.2 so if there was by some fluke a foal it has a chance of being totally stunning but as she has never had a foal and she is 19 I am concerned, I keep thinking it must be a phantom I have been to see the male (don't know what to call him gelding or rig ?) this afternoon although he can behave like a stallion there really is nothing showing to say they missed a bit when he was gelded at the age of 5 what are the signs of a rig? I have no idea, we have no other mares with foals and rags (our mares) has never had a foal or been near mares with foals so why would her body be encouraged to have a phantom, can a mare produce milk for no reason? she isn't really very big although she is a different shape, when I have seen mares in foal they look huge, I'm totally confused will the vet know straight away or will he need to take a blood test if so how long before results come back.
 

E Watkins
Breeding Stock
Username: Ev_watkins

Post Number: 228
Registered: 03-2007
Posted on Wednesday, August 01, 2007 - 04:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Kim- if your mare is indeed dripping milk, I would think you would notice an appreciable change in her udder for that to occur. Generally, a mare will not drip until she's within a short time ( 48 hours is the longest that I've personally witnessed ). If she is over weight, that could mask her tummy being large and IF she's bred, the foal might not be too big given her age and it being a first foal. My opinion is a vet call most assuredly is in order to determine what exactly is occuring. Good luck. :-) Maybe you'll have a cute little surprise in store soon. Ev
 

cathy Cook
Breeding Stock
Username: Razmacat

Post Number: 322
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Thursday, August 02, 2007 - 07:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sounds to me like a case of mastitis.
 

Kim Wallis
Neonate
Username: Ragsphantom

Post Number: 3
Registered: 08-2007
Posted on Thursday, August 02, 2007 - 01:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Vet came he doesn't think she's in foal but can't be absolutly certain so he has taken blood to be tested first as a pregnancy test then if she is not in foal to do a blood count as she does not seem to be herself while she is not ill she so quiet which is really unusual for her, he attempted to do an internal examination but deceided she was too small and didn't want to risk any damage, he wasn't over concerned about the milk production it seems hormones can be playing up due to various changes even down to weather, she doesn't have a temperature so we have to wait and see, meanwhile we are carrying on with gentle exercise and normal feeding.
ps
The milk has ceased dripping but the area is becoming larger?? I'm told if she is not in foal it should just go away.
 

Jan Owen
Breeding Stock
Username: 1frosty1

Post Number: 522
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Thursday, August 02, 2007 - 01:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Kim,
Glad to hear that the vet was out. Sounds like you are working with the information you have this far. Very lucky mare to have you as her owner taking such good care. Good for you.
 

Heather Cooke
Weanling
Username: Hcvideo

Post Number: 26
Registered: 05-2007
Posted on Thursday, August 02, 2007 - 04:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hey Kim
Let us know what happens, Heather



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