MY 6year old cob, that i have only had for 5 months has started to produce milk?? she has had a foal in the past, and there are some mares with foals nearby...could she be pregnant??
Hi, I'm Dr. Jill. If there's any chance she could have been bred prior to you obtaining the horse, then yes, she could certainly be pregnant. There are also several potential causes of inappropriate lactation in horses including Cushing's (less likely in a younger horse), uterine infection, or other issue leading to hormonal imbalance.Your veterinarian can determine if she is or is not pregnant via rectal palpation and/or ultrasound. This would be the first issue to rule in or out. They can also look for signs of uterine or ovarian abnormalities using ultrasound with a rectal exam if no signs of pregnancy are visible.
could it be anything to do with foals nearby?
It's highly unlikely that nearby mares and foals are the cause of the issue. Simply having foals nearby doesn't generally affect prolactin levels, a hormone integral in milk production.
Hi Louise,I'm just following up on our conversation about Grace. How is everything going?Dr. Jill