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post #1 of 9 Old 02-06-2013, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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Maiden Mares

I know that all mares are different but typically what do you guys notice about maiden mares?

In my experience they are usually a bit late, about 350 days. And they wax up closer to foaling and therefor much quicker.

What about you guys?
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post #2 of 9 Old 02-06-2013, 12:27 AM
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All my mares went over 350 last year, only one waxed/beaded and she never does, one maiden, the other 6 seasoned broodies. So I don't know if it was because of the maiden in the mix last year or just the way the season went.
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I have never really noticed any difference. It has been several years since I have bred a maiden. there will be three next year two 5 year olds and a 14 YO mare. all will be bred this spring.
I am curious to see what others have noticed though.
Good question. Shalom
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I'm curious to read everyone's comments as well...I have a maiden whom Im not exactly sure of her due date...I know the window of her breeding was from beginning of march to the first week of may last year...she is huge...and starting to look longer than wider the last few days...but no bag at all yet...and Ive heard that sometimes maidens will not bag up til that day?? god help
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I too have a maiden. She is at 298 days today and has a decent bag started. She started bagging up at 290. My vet said she would probably hold off until April (shes "due" March 20) but, bagging up 8 weeks before he calculated foal date...Im thinking she may be an exception and go early. *scratches head*
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With mares (specially the pregnant ones), expect the unexpected.

I may seem small, but if you mess with my horse, I will break out a level of crazy that will make your nightmares seem like a happy place.
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post #7 of 9 Old 02-06-2013, 09:51 PM
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With mares (specially the pregnant ones), expect the unexpected.
Agreed, my mare is 12 yo (13 in march) and a maiden. I wonder though if its more of an individual horse thing rather than maidens? Considering a lot of mares tend to have a pattern for foaling? Some early, some on time, and some late. Maybe it is just that we don't know their patterns yet that we call them unpredictable? Just a thought
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post #8 of 9 Old 02-07-2013, 06:41 AM
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I bred my mare almost three years ago. She started to bag up (I think) about 2 full months before she foaled. She got a little "baby size" bag as I called it, and stopped until about 3 weeks before she foaled. She started producing secretion about 9 days before she foaled. She didn't produce real milk until about 3 days before. And she didn't wax up until just a couple hours before she foaled. These are all rough date estimates, I'm guessing conservatively. She foaled at about 348 days. She never once went off her feed. She also got upset and ran around the round pen about 15 mins before she went down (a herd of deer went through the yard, which she GREW UP with!) She went down, but never really rolled, just started pushing. She needed a little help with the shoulders, but not much. So yeah, she's not exactly what I'd call normal, but with maidens...not much is normal.

The strange thing was, earlier that night about 6 pm I was giving her grain and watching at her stomach for movement. Out of NO where, she went from being as big as a house to looking emaciated (not really, but you get the point.) Her whole stomach cramped up and sucked up. I could see the head of almost every floating rib and her flanks blew up! I really don't know how to explain it, just like she sucked in REALLY hard and it pushed everything out sideways at her flanks. She looked so was kinda gross to be honest lol. I probably sound crazy, but has anyone ever seen a mare do anything like this about 12 or so hours before they foal?
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One thing I've noticed about maiden's is that they don't seem to "pop" until later, if ever. I haven't yet seen one that looks any different then some of our mares carrying food babies around. We've had some that wax up, some that don't at all. Most seem to bag in and around a month before they foal but its never a set time. Just watch for them to drop and then you'll know :)

As for Army Wife, I've seen that too, it can happen sometimes the contractions start earlier then others, usually when I've seen it happen it's been about an hour or two before they pushed the baby out. We haven't had too much issues with foalings, I mean we had one mare fall into a well about 3 weeks before popping a baby out but thats about as unexpected as it gets. A handful of our mares need help with the shoulders but most do it on their own!
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