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post #31 of 104 Old 03-16-2012, 12:13 PM
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I just realized I used the wrong date when I calculated how far along she was in my last post! She is at 300 days today!

She is getting so big. There are two doors to the stall she sleeps in, and we have stopped taking her through the smaller one because she won't fit! She waddles around and spends all day eating. Apparently, she does still have some energy, because she managed to work up a few little hops today when I was out exercising her. I think she was excited about the warm weather (almost 70°!). She sure looked funny bouncing around with her big belly!

Her udders are firm, and I can squirt out a clear, watery fluid. Is this normal for a mare with a month to go? I know there is no "normal" for a mare in foal, but I can't help but worry that she will end up popping sooner than planed...or maybe I am just getting paranoid?

Just for fun, I was planning on buying some pH and calcium testing strips for when she gets closer. I have done some research and most people say it is fairly accurate. Obviously, I would not be relying solely on what the strips say, but I figure it won't hurt to add one more thing to the very long list of signs to watch for. Also it will be a fun thing to experiment with and test while waiting. Has anyone had any experience with pH or calcium testing? Can I just use the pool test strips from Wal-mart?

I have also decided to add a poll, since we have hit the 300-day, almost-one-month mark. What do you guys think? Will it be a filly or colt?
I'm thinking of trying the strips this year too,but not really sure how to do it,could somebody walk us through the process,please? :)
And I do believe you can use the strips from Walmart,I've heard that as long as they show ph and calcium they'll work.
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post #32 of 104 Old 03-16-2012, 03:49 PM
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I just realized I used the wrong date when I calculated how far along she was in my last post! She is at 300 days today!
Haha I did the same thing, except after I realized it, I posted my correction and than realized I was wrong again! Haha I just gave up
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post #33 of 104 Old 03-17-2012, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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I got some new pictures today. I took them on my phone, so the quality might not be great, but I got some more on her udders. She is really bagging up and I am worried she is going to have her baby sooner than we had expected. What do you guys think? Will she make it another month? I also have a picture of her milk right now. It is not hard to get milk out of her.





This isn't the greatest picture, but at least it kind of shows how much she has changed. The one on top is from tonight, the one below is from one month ago.



Finally, here is another one from last night, just showing the fatness.



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I think that she can go a few more weeks. But keep an eye on her
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I think that she can go a few more weeks. But keep an eye on her
Yes, I will definitely be watching her closely. She BETTER keep cooking for a few more weeks, although I can guarantee you right now of when she is going to have her baby. Between March 30th and April 5th. How do I know this? Because I am going to be out of town then, and I really want to be there when the baby is born.
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Yes, I will definitely be watching her closely. She BETTER keep cooking for a few more weeks, although I can guarantee you right now of when she is going to have her baby. Between March 30th and April 5th. How do I know this? Because I am going to be out of town then, and I really want to be there when the baby is born.
That is what my mom's mare did last year. Except she went two weeks past her due date to drop a beautiful filly just before dawn the morning my mom was halfway across the country at my cousin's wedding
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Yes, I will definitely be watching her closely. She BETTER keep cooking for a few more weeks, although I can guarantee you right now of when she is going to have her baby. Between March 30th and April 5th. How do I know this? Because I am going to be out of town then, and I really want to be there when the baby is born.

Haha,that's certainly how they like to do it! In my case,the mare actually foaled early while I was way up north in Alaska,and after all that careful planning on my part to make sure I would be home before she was due..lol.
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Lol, don't give her any more ideas!

We took Angie out and gave her a bath today. Who would have thought it would be warm enough for that in March? I wasn't planning on it, but when I checked on her this morning I saw that she had apparently spent all night sleeping in a pile of poo. Of course, it was all dried, and nearly impossible to get off. Hence, the bath.

I picked up some pH test strips at Walmart today, so I am going to try to figure out how they work. Sometime next week, once I get a smaller syringe, I am going to try testing her so I know how do it. Since I know what to expect right now, I figure I will be able to tell if I am doing it right. Most things that I have read have suggested 1cc of milk mixed with 6cc of distilled water, so I am going to have to get some of that, too.
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Alright, so I am looking for some advice here.

As Angie gets closer to foaling (probably mid-April) I am really starting to plan for the actual birth. It is nerve-racking to think about; as we get closer I am feeling more and more like I haven't done enough! Anyway, I figured I would take advantage of the many experienced people here for advice.

First question is in regard to the big day. I am trying to figure out the best strategy to actually be there for the birth. I have no problem staying up all night and watching her as she starts looking really close, however from what I have read that doesn't always work, due to the mare's ability to delay foaling for hours or days until a time that feels private. Since I unfortunately cannot also spend all day watching Angie, I feel like she could just wait and foal when I'm gone. That is the same problem with the check-every-half hour method, which seems even more ineffective.

It seems that one of the best way to go about this would be to rig up a Closed Circuit TV for her stall, so I could sit somewhere else and give her privacy, while secretly spying on her. Has anyone used a CCTV? We don't have one as of right now, and I really don't want to get a really expensive system, since we probably won't have a lot of use for it otherwise.

Has anyone used a system that they like and won't break the bank? Or do you think I should just stick to watching the old fashioned way and hoping she doesn't get shy?
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HJ - its 1:3 ratio for milk to distilled water. 1 cc milk, 3 cc of distilled water. It MUST be distilled water.
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