I weaned my mare and foal over 15 months ago yet she is still "bagged up" with a whitish discharge. The foal is still in sight of the mare and vets have suggested that one or the other needs to be taken away for the mare's hormones to change enough that she stops producing milk.
I do not believe that it is mastitis. There is no bloody discharge or heat and both sides are even. Vets have also looked and did not indicate that mastitis was the culprit.
I believe that this problem is affecting her behaviour while being ridden as she seems uncomfortable, sometimes kicks out and she keeps looking back. This is not her normal behaviour.
Does anyone have suggestions for getting her to dry up. I really don't want to have to take one or the other away from my property. Would regumate or progesterone calm down the hormones enough to allow her bag to come down?
I had previously posted this thread under the hormones section of this bulletin board but had no responses. Please help!
On the contrary milking her will make her produce more. My vet told me when my mare was like that to cut all grain and put her on hay only for about 2 weeks. Cold hose her 2 times a day for a week with cold water out of the hose. My mare dried up in 3 weeks with no ill effect. oh and working her is a good thing as it keeps the swelling down and therefore no mastitis. Good luck
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