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post #1 of 3 Old 04-17-2008, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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Early bagging of maiden mare

My broodmare is maiden, and due to have her first foal in June (exact breeding dates have not been given from stallion owner), however she's already begun bagging up, she's not becoming full of milk or anything but she's definitely in the makings of it! To me this is very strange considering she's a maiden, could she be due earlier than expected or is this strangely normal?!
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-17-2008, 11:49 PM
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No exact breeding dates? What about a rough estimate?

Did you send the mare to the SO, or did she come from there? Just curious.

We have a mare right now who is *supposed* to be due in June by her last breeding date and right now, she looks like she should go WAY earlier than that. If going by her earliest breeding date, she could be due in May. It very well could be that she caught on the first breeding. This mare is not a maiden though.

If by chance, this situation is the same as yours, and your mare is actually due much sooner than expected, some maiden mares are "normal". They start bagging up when an experienced mother would, and show all the signs. My mare last year was a maiden, and she had enough milk to feed a whole slew of colts when little Danny was born.

I'd try to get a rough estimate from the stallion owner, if at all possible. Not knowing is awful! Good luck!!
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post #3 of 3 Old 04-18-2008, 09:42 AM
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When did you bring her to the stallion? Is it possible she could be due late May. Mares each have their own time to foal (within the extremes of 320 to 370-380) so some go very early, others rather late. I believe environmental and nutritional conditions also effect the foaling date.

I agree with LadyDreamer to try and get a date as the not knowing will drive you nuts! This year a maiden mare of mine bagged almost 8 weeks prior to foaling (we weren't certain of the exact breeding date either) She had me awake watching the foal cam forever! Between the tail switching, laying flat and up and down; a lot of sleepless nights spent on the couch with one eye on the cam and one trying to catch a wink. Of course she had the foal the one morning that at 4 a.m. I decided to crawl into my warm bed! Hubby woke me at 6 to inform me of the surprise in the barn.

Good luck! Happy foaling!
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