How to milk a horse? (Vladislav)
Basics of the basics
Vladislav, we will try to answer your question as clearly as possible. First, it is worth noting that the mares do not receive much milk. The most productive females give an average of 2.5 liters. But unlike cows and goats, the horse must be milked often, otherwise the body will not produce large quantities of milk. Filling the udder with milk in the first two months after the birth of the foal occurs every 2 hours, to about 6 months - in 3-4 hours.
The same intervals remain at night, so on the kumysny farms, where mares are kept without foals, there is always a night shift of personnel. However, it is much more advisable to milk them during the day, and at night to let the kids to them.
It is important to understand that to mare, you need to accustom to the process of manual milking. To do this, first do the work next to the foal. For example, when he sucks milk, you can try to milk from another free nipple. This is repeated for about a week until the horse gets used to the presence of a person. Starting to milk two nipples at once, all the same the first time you need to keep the foal nearby.
They feed the mares a little differently than goats or cows. First, a small portion of milk is given out - the first 20 seconds, after which its return stops and resumes in approximately 10 seconds. During this period, the udder must be massaged. For good milk recoil, it is important to maintain the rhythm and squeezing rate of the nipples. With a weak rhythm, milk yield decreases.
Be sure to wield it with two hands at once, making about 150 movements per minute. The whole milking process takes from 1 to 2 minutes.