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Can mares wax without bagging up?

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Felicia Sanders
Neonate
Username: Countrygirl20

Post Number: 1
Registered: 02-2012
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 01:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have 2 AQHA mares that I bought in May of last year. I bought them as companions for my 31 year old gelding after his life long companion had to be put down at the age of 34 due to a broken hip. I wanted horses that I could ride, because due to age and health my guys had not been able to be ridden for the last few years. I posted an ad after an exhausted search and got a reply from a breeder/trainer that had been injured and was out of work and needed to sell them due to financial problems, but said he would only sell them together, I went for a test ride and instantly fell in love. Only after I agreed to take them did he inform me that they had been put out with his stallion between march 12-may 15 but had not been checked for pregnancy. I brought them home and had them confirmed pregnant. The 4 year old gave birth to a beautiful filly on Friday, but we are still waiting on the 5 year old. She has been having mood swings, staying off by herself, her hind end has softened drastically (even softer than the mare that gave birth!) her vulva has loosened, but changes from elongated to somewhat normal length. My only question is, she has not bagged up yet, they were both maidens and I know maidens don't play by the rules and some don't bag up but it concerns me. She is full in front of her udders but there is no bag itself. I have had the vet come out and look at her and he said she could go any day, and that she will most likely fill in her bag after birth...however she has been getting what looks like wax for about 3 weeks now. Sometimes only on one teat but others on both. They vary in size, and sometimes I peel them off, sometimes they fall off on their own, but they eventually come back. Is this normal, to wax without a bag? I have never owned a mare, much less a pregnant mare and I certainly never intended to breed and most likely will never breed again (too stressful, I am a nervous wreck, lol) but I have never heard of this before, I have searched for it online and everywhere just says bag then wax...has anyone ever seen/heard of this?

thank you for taking the time to read this, I know its long but I had to get all the info in there :-)
 

Laurie Woods
Neonate
Username: Laurie_w

Post Number: 2
Registered: 03-2012
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 08:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hello, we have a breeding farm here and sometimes some of our mares do this..mares are just like us they are all different for sure and yes it is a stressful thing to go threw but exciting as well....however i would not peel the wax off..hope this helps and good luck to you!



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