What is the 'bag' susposed to feel like in a preg. mare

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What is the 'bag' susposed to feel like in a preg. mare

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    06-08-2007, 12:08 PM
What is the 'bag' susposed to feel like in a preg. mare

When people say her bag is hard....I don't get it... Hard like an apple or a grape? Explain someone please. Thanks
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    06-09-2007, 04:37 AM
A mares "bag" or udder shouldn't feel "hard". Just before a mare is going to deliver her foal, she will "bag up" Which means that her udder will fill with milk. This can happen any where from a few days to a few hours to not until the mare delivers. (each mare is different) It should feel firm. Kinda like a balloon filled with water. If the bag is "hard" (like an apple) she could be developing mastitis, which is an infection in the udder. This is usually accopanied by a fever and decrease in appetite. The mare also will usually not like you touching her udder. If this is the case, you should call your vet immediately.

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