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        11-28-2007, 12:28 PM
    Green Broke
    **Need some Advice Please**

    Ok, I know I'm being a little bit premature here, especially as Meg isn't due until the 13th March, but I like to get things organised and straight in my mind, think I'm a little like AK Paintlover. I'll be asking for lots of advice along the way, but like to know lots before hand.

    Meg is on straw bedding (thankfully not tempted to eat it as some as you may know from an earlier thread). I've been told that when your mare is nearing her due date, you have to totally take out all bedding every day, and put all new/fresh in. :roll: Is this correct?
    Only reason I'm asking is Megs stable is huge, and to do that every day, would mean possibly 15+ small bales of straw a day! If that's what I've got to do, then so be it, but I wanted to see what all you guys thought, especially as that will lead to one mega big muck heap.....

    Any advice, thoughts or comments will be gratefully received.

    Thanks in advance.
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        11-28-2007, 09:44 PM
    I do believe we are like nesting mothers - Our mare isn't due until around April 20, and I am already so preoccupied/excited about it.

    About the straw...I am not an expert, but I plan on just cleaning out the dirty part of the shavings until she appears to be within days of foaling. At that time, I will probably replace the shavings daily. That is the plan anyway :)

    Maybe someone on here with more experience could share :)
        11-29-2007, 02:57 AM
    Green Broke
    Thanks AK,

    To be honest I take all wet and dirty straw out daily anyway, but to take it all out seemed such a waste. At the moment I get maybe a barrow a day of soiled and that's it. Megs a very tidy girl, does all her business in the same corner. The rest of the bed isn't messed.
    I think you are right about us being nesting mothers. I'm so excited, I thought this year would go slow, but I've found its flown, and D day seems to be creeping upon us very quickly.
    I'm glad there is someone else around that will be going through the same. Hopefully we can help each other out along the way.
        11-30-2007, 10:47 PM
    My mare is due the first weekend in May and I'm also extremely excited as well! Our first homebred baby, yaaaay! 8)

    As far as the question, we've always just cleaned it the same way as always. Take out all the messiness and replace whatever you need to with fresh stuff.

    Good luck with your foals you two!
        12-01-2007, 05:10 AM
    Green Broke
    And you too.

    There's going to be lots of foal pics on the forum next year.
        12-01-2007, 02:56 PM
    Our mare is due in April and we're excited too. She's bred to HD Continental Chex and we can't wait to see her foal. We usually use shavings an pick the stall daily until it's close to time and then we'll put down fresh. Hope this helps
        12-01-2007, 10:28 PM
    No it's not necessary to strip a stall daily. Just cleaning out the soiled bedding is good enough. Think about it, in the wild, they don't get clean bedding. Many horses, both wild and domestic foal out on the ground. It will be fine.
        12-02-2007, 05:10 AM
    Green Broke
    Thank you. I thought it was a little ridiculous to do the whole bed everyday. I read it in a book that a friend gave me. :roll:
    I'm so relieved now, to do Megs stall daily would have taken forever, its huge!
    Thanks everyone for your advice and comments. And good luck to all nesting mothers!
        12-02-2007, 08:54 PM
    We've got 4 due this spring, plus an additional mare that we are foaling out for someone. (She is a broodmare that was ours that we sold.) this will be bittersweet for us as it's our last year for breeding. I can't wait to see all the new babies.
        12-03-2007, 01:50 AM
    Well there certainly are a lot of "expecting parents" on this forum. :)

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