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?