Horses » Phantom pregnancy

EstherFox

This question is related to: Tanja the horse

Age:24
Gender:Female
Breed:Friesian
Neutered:Unknown
Kept:In stable and field, with other horses

Phantom pregnancy

My mare is 24 years old and since she had a foal when she was 3.5 she had an infection in her udders and years and years ago I was advised to milk her by the vet every time her udders would swell up. You do not talk about milking like a cow but a few times a week. And just to take the pressure of her udders because they can be quite hard at times especially with rich grass. They can fill up that bad that she ends up with a big lump of fluid under her belly.

Now for years I just get the see through/creamy fluid out her udders and it did not stay after getting it out but now for some reason it changed to milk. I do not know why it suddenly decided to change because I am not doing anything different then before.

She seems to be a bit more sensitive then normal, her belly is hard on times, her udders give milk even without touching them. She seems to be a bit more cranky then normal (she is a quite pleasant mare)

Now i have read that there is something called a Phantom pregnancy, is this what could be named so?

If so, what can i do to stop it?

I had her for a few years on her own and in April this year we moved her to a new stable. Here was a gelding whom was very protective of her and every time she would come in the field she shouted and weed at the same time at him because he was always around her.
Can this maybe have had an influence on her hormonal balance?

26/7/15

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Martina Stuart

Could be though even at 24 other maybe nothing phanron about it. She could be pregnant !

26/7/15

EstherFox

well that would be a miracle because she has not been near a stallion, and where she was boarded before there were no horses near at all. So keeping that in mind can it be a phantom pregnancy? and so what can i do?

26/7/15

Martina Stuart

wait and see. Do hope that you are right. as long as her udder is not sensitive or lumpy and her temperature remains normal then leave alone as much as you can and observe carefully

26/7/15

EstherFox

How much time would you give it to turn to normal?
And is it smart to ride her while she has this going on?
Is it a good idea to still throw her out on grass or is hay a better solution and keeping her in?

27/7/15

Martina Stuart

Oops sorry missed the reply. Yes as long as her udder is not painfull continue to ride her.

28/7/15

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