Post Number: 1
|Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 12:16 am: ||
I bought my mare in January. Her last foal was in late march 07. Since I have had her I havent seen any signs of estrus. I have seen a huge personality change. While she was always sweet now she is a grouch and tries to bite by striking out like a snake All of the sudden I noticed her teats were enlarged and day by day a bit bigger and bigger. Had the vet out..a reproduction specialsit. She sedated and palpated her and said she felt no foal. There is a lot of milk. Not colostrum but full out milk. She did an ultra sound and said she still did not see a foal but did see a cyst on her ovary. She said the cyst would definately be very painful but that it would go away on its own after a month or so and she should be getting back to normal. She said the milk and so much of it was an unusual symptom and all she could figure was that it was most likely from the hormonal changes that the cyst caused. She told me to wait the cyst out and call back if there was no improvement after her next estrus. Since I have had her I havent seen any estrus...not even sure what I am looking for as this is my first mare. Many "advisors for the new mare owner" keep telling me that milk=foal, and asking if i am sure she didnt already have one while out in the pasture. I am assuming if this were the case the reproduction specialist/vet would have said...hey..it appears she has foaled this week...am i right? Will the ovarian cyst indeed go away on its own and could it cause a hormonal inbalance that would be milk producing with drastic personality changes? What to do?
Post Number: 27
|Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 10:06 am: ||
Not sure about the "just waiting to see if it will go away" approach.
See my previous thread on my mare "Stud-ish Behavior in a Mare" in this same section.
My mare is just basically being a Biatch, and I am starting to think that it may be part of her personality, but she has a whole "udder" issue too that needs to be resolved.
I am now on my second vet, (going to see the second one tomorrow in fact).
Here is a link to an excellent article I found about cysts and tumors when I was trying to figure something out about my mare:
(Message edited by cateowen on February 28, 2008)
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 02:34 pm: ||
Well, we STILL have milk. Where both teats were very large...one went down for about a week and now it is full again. The udder appears to be a little more full. She is not dripping milk...but it is there. She has a fairly round belly but is becoming skinnier every where else. Personality has calmed down quite a bit and she let me brush her from her mid back to the rear which was a definate no a couple weeks ago. Everyone who sees her says..oh geeze I didnt know your mare was pregnant...and I say well shes not...vet palpated and did an ultrasund and says no...they just shake their heads. Can an ultrasound be wrong? Or have I done all the 100% things I needed to do to rule it out? Im very new at this so someone please comment me your thoughts.
charlene birdsall, Baby due 4/2/08
Post Number: 728
|Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 12:36 am: ||
Hi Barb, do you have any pics? Is she a maiden, and how old is she? If she is not a maiden and had a foal last year, mabey she just hasn't dried up yet. Ultrasound isn't necessarily wrong, its the vet reading it that could be wrong. How far along do you think she is?
Post Number: 3
|Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 02:01 am: ||
Here are some pics...I wasnt trying to specifically get her belly except for the udder pics when I took these but they do show her belly a bit...In the fist pic he is the white appy on the left....
Thanks! I apprecate any thoughts on this....
Post Number: 4
|Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 02:17 am: ||
Oh and I forgot to say she isnt a maiden,she has had 3, the last being late march of 07...here are two pics the day I got her that somewhat show her belly at that time with no enlarged udder or teats...She is 13 years old, and I have no idea how far along she could be...I got her in early January of this year and the milk showed up 2 weeks ago...Previous owner said she had been on the farm with a stud but they had not been together that she knew of since her last foal.
(Message edited by supermom006 on March 16, 2008)