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Should I Worry or Not?

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alicia hutson
Neonate
Username: Akhut81

Post Number: 1
Registered: 03-2011
Posted on Friday, March 04, 2011 - 11:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hello to all Im new to the board. I have a 6 yr big appendix mare that is in foal for the first time. Her "due" date of 340 days was on 2-25-2011. Now my worry is that she has not bagged up at all, no signs what so ever that she plans on foaling any time soon. She was vet checked in foal at 45, 90 and 120 days, no fescue hay as she is on alfafa. So should I call the vet or ride it out till 360 days? Thanks
 

Diana Gilger
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 3811
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Saturday, March 05, 2011 - 12:11 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I wouldn't worry about the fact that she hasn't foaled yet...i'd let that go. What i would worry about is the fact that she has no udder. Some maidens get an udder after foaling, but I wonder if you're prepared just in case she doesn't? Do you have colostrum and domperidone on hand?
Have you seen foal movement? and are you absolutely positive she's still in foal? Ordinarily, you'd have signs of some sort by now.
 

akhut81
Neonate
Username: Akhut81

Post Number: 2
Registered: 03-2011
Posted on Saturday, March 05, 2011 - 12:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yes ive seen/felt the foal moving, I do not have any colostrum or domperidone, do you think I should?
 

Diana Gilger
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 3814
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Saturday, March 05, 2011 - 08:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well, keeping in mind that Seramune takes a couple of days to get (unless your vet just happens to have some on hand, which is unlikely) and the foal needs colostrum the first 12 hrs of life.....I'd probably have that, just in case the mare doesn't come into any good colostrum. It's relatively easy to come across domperidone...many horse vets are likely to have it during foaling season. The good thing about Seramune colostrum replacer is that it is packaged sterile, and it has a 3 yr shelf life. So even if you don't use it this year, you have 'insurance' for the next 3!
 

Jos
Board Administrator
Username: Admin

Post Number: 3146
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Saturday, March 05, 2011 - 10:52 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

As Diana says, it's not uncommon for maiden mares to not develop an udder prior to foaling. Additionally, as she points out, there is no reason for concern about the gestational duration (see this article for more details (follow the link).

Be cautious about possible use of Domperidone given the above. Domperidone will have a negative impact on colostrum production and you will almost certainly have to supplement if you use it.

All in all, I would not see anything that you have written describing your situation that would cause me alarm. Just be patient.
 

akhut81
Neonate
Username: Akhut81

Post Number: 3
Registered: 03-2011
Posted on Saturday, March 05, 2011 - 05:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ok thank you for the help, this being my first maiden mare its a little nerve racking. The vet said not to start worrying till 360 days and he does have the domperidone but said not to use it unless its an absolutly necessary. Jazz is currently 348 days today and still nothing so guess we will see.
 

Dorthy Brown
Breeding Stock
Username: Dodib

Post Number: 542
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Monday, March 07, 2011 - 08:49 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I had a mare that was not a maiden not get any udder until 3 days prior to foaling. She went from no udder to completely filled so....
 

akhut81
Neonate
Username: Akhut81

Post Number: 5
Registered: 03-2011
Posted on Monday, March 07, 2011 - 09:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

As of today Jazz is 350 days and still no udder.She is eating well turned out daily and in her paddock at night. I just dont understand why she wouldnt have some sort udder now? I plan on putting up some pics later of her.
 

akhut81
Neonate
Username: Akhut81

Post Number: 9
Registered: 03-2011
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 04:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jazz still no udder at 356 days vet says not to worry and i posted some pics under 2011 foal watch, still worried that she has no udder,
 

Diana Gilger
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 3832
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 07:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Akhut81, do you have other pics of this mare? She doesn't really look like she's bred and at 356 days....are you positive she's not open?
 

Cheryl Johnson
Neonate
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 2
Registered: 04-2011
Posted on Tuesday, April 05, 2011 - 12:37 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm curious. Any foal?
 

akhut81
Nursing Foal
Username: Akhut81

Post Number: 14
Registered: 03-2011
Posted on Tuesday, April 05, 2011 - 12:46 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

LOL nope nothing, have a repro vet coming tomorrow at 2 pm hopefully she will tell me something....heres hoping....
 

Cheryl Johnson
Neonate
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 5
Registered: 04-2011
Posted on Wednesday, April 06, 2011 - 06:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Let us know, okay? I can imagine how hard it is to wait like that, thinking she is in foal...
 

akhut81
Nursing Foal
Username: Akhut81

Post Number: 15
Registered: 03-2011
Posted on Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 05:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The repro vet came out and confirmed that she lost baby. Vet said she couldnt tell why or when she lost it. Havent yet received the results of cultures she took.I have taken Jazz back to the stud farm so hoping for better news this year.
 

Sara
Weanling
Username: Sznanners

Post Number: 43
Registered: 08-2010
Posted on Monday, April 11, 2011 - 07:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sorry Your mare lost her foal. Hoping you do get better news this year!



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