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Mares udder bigger on one side

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Paula Rollins
Nursing Foal
Username: Paula

Post Number: 12
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 05:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Is it normal for a mare to bag down on one side and not so much on the other side? My mare bagged down almost overnight on one side and the other side is still much smaller after four days. the side that is big is hot and hard. Is this normal or might she have mastitis. She is getting close but her last owner did not have exact breed dates.
 

Peggie M
Weanling
Username: Peggie_m

Post Number: 35
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 11:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Paula - my mare did the same thing. She started bagging at about day 318 but one side was larger than the other. The large side was hot and hard and sensitive to touch. (Just keep an eye on it if she's not really close yet). Don't apply any warm compresses to give her relief, you may lose colustrum if she's close. The one side on my mare stayed larger until about two days prior to foaling. At that point (day 352) she started to leak milk right up until she foaled at day 354. This relieved some of the heat and it wasn't as hard and sensitive. Once she foaled, the udder became the same size on both sides. My vet didn't think it was anything to worry about. Too bad you don't know the breed dates.. Good Luck
 

Paula Rollins
Nursing Foal
Username: Paula

Post Number: 14
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 06:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks for that! I just thought that was unusual to have one side and not the other. I hope the other side fills up and the baby cames out soon!
 

Sandy D
Breeding Stock
Username: Sbr_appaloosas

Post Number: 207
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 12:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Okay, I guess my mare isn't the only freaky one doing this then. She is a maiden, started making bag at 290 days and the whole entire time, one side has been much bigger than the other. But the weird thing with her is that it keeps switching sides! One week the left side will be huge and hard while the right side will be maybe 1/4 the size of the other side. Then the next week it completely flip-flops and it will be the right side that is the huge hard side.
She is 329 days today and I keep thinking that when both sides are the same size that is when she will be ready to foal. But after reading Peggie's post, I guess I better not watch for that to happen.
 

Peggie M
Weanling
Username: Peggie_m

Post Number: 37
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 01:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sandy, every mare and their sign(s) are different. I think they really try to "throw us off".... I would continue to keep an eye out regardless of the size of her udder. Some leak and some don't... some fill and some don't, especially those darn maidens.... Good luck and (((Healthy Foal Vibes))) to you and Paula!



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