Originally Posted by cowgirl928
what is "red bag"? How common is it? Should I worry about it?! First time mommy here :/
In a Red Bag birth, the placenta detaches from the mare prematurely and the oxygen supply to the baby is cut off. It is important that the mare be aided and that the baby gets out of momma very quickly.When there is a red bag birth, you will see a red bag protruding from the mare rather than the typical white bag.
The red bag is much tougher than the white sac. It almost feels like a basketball. Have something to cut it open and do not rely on your fingers. Scissors or a knife should do it.
After cutting the red sac open, you need to reach inside of it and find the baby hooves which will be inside the white sac.Because of the fact that the baby needs to get out quickly,alot of vets recommend that you pull even if the mare is not contracting.
I'm not really sure how common it is,I myself have never had one in any of my mares nor seen one at any of the breeding barns I've worked at.