Post Number: 1
|Posted on Sunday, March 04, 2007 - 04:49 pm: ||
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.
Post Number: 55
|Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 02:59 pm: ||
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!
Post Number: 132
|Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 03:35 pm: ||
Every maiden of course is different. I have had them begin change as early as 4 months.
Post Number: 46
|Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 09:48 pm: ||
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.
Post Number: 10
|Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 - 11:16 pm: ||
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.
Post Number: 18
|Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 11:27 am: ||
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.
Post Number: 61
|Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 04:48 pm: ||
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".