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post #11 of 71 Old 02-09-2011, 02:06 PM
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skipper, I am glad to hear it wasnt you who bred her... It sounds like you are giving her a great home, glad you chose her when you were looking to buy.. I personally would never leave a blanket on a mare that is about to foal... too many things can happen, but I do realize your concern about the temps and her not having any hair... is there someplace you can move her to where there is a barn....
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post #12 of 71 Old 02-09-2011, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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skipper, I am glad to hear it wasnt you who bred her... It sounds like you are giving her a great home, glad you chose her when you were looking to buy.. I personally would never leave a blanket on a mare that is about to foal... too many things can happen, but I do realize your concern about the temps and her not having any hair... is there someplace you can move her to where there is a barn....
There are a couple people that I do know that might allow me to move her for a little while but I am not for sure. I was thinking about hooking up a couple heat lamps in her stall that way she would have a warm place to be. Her stall has a lot of straw in it right now too and I already have a liner and a regular blanket ready for the foal when it is born

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post #13 of 71 Old 02-09-2011, 02:54 PM
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Skipper, it sounds like you made the right choice in getting this mare... I am sure she is way better off with you then the man who use to own her... so now to you question... As you have been told, having a blanket on the mare is not wise when she is going to foal, even with the back straps off... mares tend to roll a lot when foaling and this will cause the blanket to get twisted up and could be a possible hazard for the foal.... My first choice would be to see if you can move her to someplace she can be inside... and if that is not possible, then I would just give her some extra grain at night with some hay so she can munch if she wants... horses keep their body temps up while digesting food so that will help her stay warm... Also unless your shelter is blocked in, she more then likely will NOT have the foal in there, mares like to make our lives difficult..as you will find out... :o) just realized that my other post took, I thought it didnt, sorry for doubling up, but a heat lamp will be a good idea also... good luck and stay in touch!
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post #14 of 71 Old 02-09-2011, 03:08 PM
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From someone who has adopted and saved numerous wild horses and have been involved with mustangs for a long time, I have to say that although they breed young in the wild, the mortality rate is very high!! So why risk it, and why not wait til the filly is fully developed... Also just because she comes into heat doesn't mean she needs to be bred... hmm young girls start having a period at 11 and 12.... so does that mean they are mentally or physically ready to be a mother.... I think not...
I completely see your point. Nature obviously isn't interested in mental maturity and there is a load of risks involved in breeding young. Many do make it through the pregnancy, foaling, and raising okay. In the wild, they have so many things stacked against them it's amazing how the manage to survive day by day.

Like I said, I would never personally breed that young. I gave my colt Red an extra year just to mature mentally and physically before breaking him to ride. I could have done it when he was four, but that extra year made a world of difference.

It's always better to let a horse mature regardless if it's riding or breeding. But, if it was a true accident or if the mare was bought already pregnant. Then I don't see too much concern about it. So long as she is well cared for with a vet on-call, the whole ordeal should go over well. Even mature, experienced mares have problem pregnancies sometimes. Some things just can't be avoided.

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post #15 of 71 Old 02-10-2011, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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Skipper, it sounds like you made the right choice in getting this mare... I am sure she is way better off with you then the man who use to own her... so now to you question... As you have been told, having a blanket on the mare is not wise when she is going to foal, even with the back straps off... mares tend to roll a lot when foaling and this will cause the blanket to get twisted up and could be a possible hazard for the foal.... My first choice would be to see if you can move her to someplace she can be inside... and if that is not possible, then I would just give her some extra grain at night with some hay so she can munch if she wants... horses keep their body temps up while digesting food so that will help her stay warm... Also unless your shelter is blocked in, she more then likely will NOT have the foal in there, mares like to make our lives difficult..as you will find out... :o) just realized that my other post took, I thought it didnt, sorry for doubling up, but a heat lamp will be a good idea also... good luck and stay in touch!
Thanks for the tip! I am working on seeing if I can get her moved to a better facility. :)

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Good afternoon everyone! Flicka is at 326 days today and her bag has filled a lot more over night. I WILL get photos today of her and try and get them posted by this evening. Regarding the blanket issue and trying to move her to a better facility, it doesn't look like it is going to happen. The people that have the nice barn that is fully enclosed is full with mares ready to foal as well. We decided we are going to panel off her stall area ( she will have approx. 20 foot long by 13 foot wide of an area). She will be closed off during the night, we are also going to hook up two heat lamps so we can get her blanket off of her so we don't risk any injury to her or the foal. During the day though she will be turned out in her big pasture. It has been trying to hit about 50* during the days here so she wont be needing her blanket during days.

Will make sure and get some photos up that are updated! Thanks for all who reads and follows

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I am sure everything will turn out fine!!! The heat lamps will help alot!! Keep up updated, can't wait to see the baby!!!
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Waitin' on a baby! Maidens, it's always rough, isn't it? When Lulu was a maiden she didn't show any of the signs--no wax, no laying down, no biting at her sides, nothin'. Hope everything goes smoothly
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Yep, last maiden on the farm to foal looked like she was weeks off. Went to feed one morning and we found an adorable little pink filly in the stall with her! And yes, for a while after birth she was pink! Cutest thing ever, BO was keeping mama til she foaled because the owners had no experience with it so I haven't seen her since she was a few weeks old, but I believe she ended up being a pally like her mama. I am keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes well for you and Flicka!!!!!
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post #20 of 71 Old 02-11-2011, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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I am sure everything will turn out fine!!! The heat lamps will help alot!! Keep up updated, can't wait to see the baby!!!
Thank you! I am super excited to see the baby too!

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