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post #1 of 109 Old 07-28-2013, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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Any guesses on due date?

One of the mares we rescued this spring is getting close to having her baby! The problem is that we don't know when she is due. We are guessing within the next month.

Here are some pictures I took today:





Another thing that we are unsure of is if she will have a horse or a mule. The guy had both stallions and donkeys with the mares.

If you think other pics or better ones would help, let me know.
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One other thing I noticed a few days ago is that she seems to have a more labored breathing.
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Have you had a vet out?
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Not recently. She was checked out when we got her
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Based on what I'm seeing in these pics, she's not that close. She hasn't dropped yet, she's still carrying the foal side to side. She doesn't look soft around the tail head and it looks like she's got good control of her tail still. Her teats aren't very swollen and there's no wax. Do you know if she's ever had a foal before? If not, then you can pretty much throw the rule book out the window, maiden mares are notorious for being tricky to guess.
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We have no history on her. Not even an accurate age. They guessed her to be about 11. Not sure how long she was where she was before we got her. She may or may not have been bred before.
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I do know that waxing can happen hours to a few days before.

I think she started to bag up about two weeks ago. At least that's when it was noticeable.
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She may go up and down several times before she foals. And then, she could bag up like a Jerseymaid and stay that way. No real way to predict except for history, which of course you don't have.

Here's a pic the day before my "Heffah-boo" foaled. She was HUGE.



Before she's ready to go, your mare will drop down with the foal. Her sides will look almost flat (slab sided) and the bottom of her belly with form a rounded V shape.

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I do know that waxing can happen hours to a few days before.

I think she started to bag up about two weeks ago. At least that's when it was noticeable.
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They will have you tearing your hair out waiting

This spring, after our mare started waxing, I would go out a couple times every night to check on her. The morning that she foaled, I checked on her at 4:30 am and she looked just like every other day, so I figured "not today". At 6:30 am, while making my coffee, I looked out and saw her laying in the straw we had put down for her. I ran out, and Buckshot had just been born. No change to foaling in less than 2 hours.
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post #10 of 109 Old 08-27-2013, 04:44 AM Thread Starter
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Here's an update! No baby yet but she seems to be fully bagged out. I just checked on her and she had some clear fluid coming out of one of her nipples.

I feel so bad for her right now. We're having a bad heat wave with highs in mid 90's. Average highs are suppose to be in the 70's. She must feel miserable! I'll see if I can get some new pics tomorrow.
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