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How early does a maiden mare have udder development?

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Powder coated
Neonate
Username: Powder_coated

Post Number: 1
Registered: 03-2007
Posted on Sunday, March 04, 2007 - 04:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My 4 year old maiden mare is 7 months in foal and she is not due until June 15th. I check her udder once a day just to make sure everything is normal and that there is no signs of bagging up etc...
I have noticed in the last few days that her teats are starting to drop a bit and change shape they also feel a little thicker. Her bag is not filling at the moment but I am a little worried that this is not normal for a maiden's udder at this stage to start to change?
I have no problems with calling my vet to check her out but I wanted to ask here first just in case I was over reacting.

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Ruth
Yearling
Username: Rooty

Post Number: 55
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 02:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The last maiden I bred started to have noticeable lumps in front of her udder at about 5 months, which became much larger at around 7 months. Then somedays the fluid would be more in her udder, somedays in the pouches in front of the udder. She delivered a healthy foal just short of day 320. The sac didn't break on its own (I was there, and cut it open, so all was well), but I doubt that was in any way related!
 

cathy Cook
Breeding Stock
Username: Razmacat

Post Number: 132
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 03:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Every maiden of course is different. I have had them begin change as early as 4 months.
 

Jennifer D
Weanling
Username: Jennifer

Post Number: 46
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 09:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I too have a maiden mare (13) who is at 255 days and has quite significant ventral abdominal edema. She was vet checked today because it is a little early for edema. Vet palpated and found the foal positioned just as it should be and a closed tight cervix. She doesn't actually have mammary developement but She does seem uncomfortable so I worry. we pulled blood to check for other systemic possibilities though they don't think it will be an issue. Fingers crossed! I bred this mare and she is family to me. So long and short is they are all different, each one unique.
 

Shelley Housh
Neonate
Username: Sterling_shagyas

Post Number: 10
Registered: 03-2007
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 - 11:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My maiden just foaled and she did not even start to bag up until 338 days, then delivered at 360. On the other hand, my friend's maiden has had an udder for the past 2 months and will be 340 days this weekend - so I think they are all different.
 

Sandy Smith
Nursing Foal
Username: Sandystone

Post Number: 18
Registered: 05-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 11:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My maiden mare is 330 days today. She has a small udder, but it doesn't look too full. One side is larger than the other. The nipples are fairly well hidden with the flaps of the udder hanging down. She is very uncomfortable. Are there other telltale signs to look for impending birth? I'm so afraid I won't be there for this one.

Sandy
 

Ruth
Yearling
Username: Rooty

Post Number: 61
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 04:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I like to use FoalWatch. Cuts down the amount of sleepless nights and days off work... Only missed two foalings out of 13 using it, and both of those were "operator error".



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