Udder/Tummy pictures everyone! I need comparisons.

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  1. firelight27

    firelight27 Senior Member+

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    Weird request I know. I can't provide recent pics of my mares udders/belly, but I wanted to compare them to others. My mare is (unexpectedly) pregnant. I bought her and apparently she had been bred at some point on accident (stupid people...)

    Anyways, I know she is due within a month and a half or so, but I was wondering what different mares udders/belly looked like at different stages/months. Also, I'm not sure if she is maiden. I was wondering if people had pictures of maiden mares udders/tummies and if those are usually smaller.

    Her udders are lopsided. One is definitely bigger than the other. Lol. Maybe the left one is behind. How fast does udder growth usually happen? They started out slightly swollen and they are very very slowly getting fuller.

    Her tummy isn't very big. Its gotten bigger and the weight is very definitely carried down and back. It looks like it could be just a hay belly cept for the positive test. Its pointy if you look at it from front or back and a little lopsided, but still not very big/gigantic... more like a slight tubby pony belly.
     






  2. Arabians4ME

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    Grey mare pictured is 367 days and hours before being induced, note edema.

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    Mammary glands had ruptured at this point and she had no milk but you do see wax.

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    This is less than 6 hours before this mare foals.


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    April(maiden) 2 months before she went.

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    17 Days before she went
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    April 13 days before going
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    8 Days before foaling
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    2 days before she foaled
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    I was stupid and didn't save the ones I took right before she foaled. :(
     
  4. firelight27

    firelight27 Senior Member+

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    Good comparisons. My mare looks similar to April at 2 months to go. Mia's udders are bigger. I noticed today that they are evening out and looking less lopsided.
     
  5. Haas Horse Farm

    Haas Horse Farm Senior Member+

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    The problem with this is every mare is different. I have some mares that look very pregnant and others that just look fat. The fact that her **** are different sizes would make mastitis a concern for me.

    I have had mares with a full bag for almost two months... I have had others that did not bag up until the foal hit the ground. There is no such thing as normal for any mare.

    Will the mare let you express milk from either teat? Is the consistency the same from side to side?
     
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    You can get milk from either side and they are both the same thickness/color. They aren't hard or hot and she isn't angry when you touch them. Her belly isn't very big. It makes me worry about the size of the foal. Yet I've heard that some maiden mares have smaller foals. I'm not sure if she is maiden or not, all I know is that she hasn't had a foal in at least five years.
     
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    Sounds perfectly normal to me. Sorry I am not sure what you are concerned about. As long as she has been off fescue grass since you have had her and she is current on worming you should be good to go.
     
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    She has been on pasture at my neighbors house, but it isn't fescue. I was feeding her alfalfa/grass mix for a couple of months. She is now in a huge roomy pen all to herself and she gets grass hay.

    I just worry a bit because most mares I see have huge tummies. Hers looks like a hay belly at the worst. I don't want a weak foal. I guess I just am worried like any other mare owner whos horse is due to foal soon. Lol.

    I also just thought it would be interesting to compare photos. It would be an interesting thing to research, the difference in mares pregnancies. I already have a few theories that are definitely unproven. But I'm weird like that.
     
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    Looking at these photos can you tell which ones are maiden and who is closest to foaling?
     
  10. firelight27

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    Uh no. Lol. My mare looks like the bottom one. It just seems that alot of maiden mares are smaller than non-maiden. I've been looking through pictures of pregnant mares, and it seems to be a trend amongst. There are some exceptions. But, I was wondering if alot of maidens have smaller foals because their body isn't used to foaling, and its easier on them to birth a smaller baby. Just wondering. I'm very curious about everything medical in horses.
     






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