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post #1 of 27 Old 05-15-2010, 03:24 AM Thread Starter
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Being perverse

At the stables I now go to, there's a mare called Gypsy who's very much in foal. They've been saying for the past two weeks 'she'll foal tonight'. She's absolutely lovely, always wants snuggles and is happy for you to stroke her belly and feel the foal kick.

I have to return to university for a few days on Sunday night. I won't be back until Thursday. I just know she's going to foal while I'm gone.

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post #2 of 27 Old 05-15-2010, 10:40 PM
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yes they love to wait til we aren't looking!!
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post #3 of 27 Old 05-16-2010, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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She's still holding on.



Luckily my best friend will be able to go up to the stables each night this week, thanks to Gypsy's owner telling her there were some abandoned bikes she was free to take and my dad fixing one up so it was usable xD I'll be so jealous if she goes when I'm not around, though.

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post #4 of 27 Old 05-16-2010, 11:48 AM
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Lol, wow thats a big tummy. She's gorgeous, Im sure the foal will be a stunner!!!

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post #5 of 27 Old 05-16-2010, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Gypsy is actually a rescue - you may be able to see that her right hind looks nasty around the pastern. We believe she got it tangled in barbed wire, it's rather disgusting-looking with lots of puffy scar tissue. Although she was in foal, the owner was going to shoot her, because they can't do anything major to her foot while she's got the foal.

Now, Gypsy's coat is shiny and she's in excellent weight. She's alert, friendly, and most importantly she isn't lame. She walks just fine on her injured foot and shows no signs of pain. The worst thing observed is that sometimes it itches. So she was rescued, and when she's had the foal her foot will be properly sorted out. It may never be pretty again, but as she's effectively sound even now and is a beautiful horse, there's no reason to end her life.

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post #6 of 27 Old 05-16-2010, 02:35 PM
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so glad she was rescued!!
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post #7 of 27 Old 05-17-2010, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah :) We also know that the sire is the same as one of the horses already at the stables, so the foal should turn out really nice.

The general consensus amongst everyone at the stables is that she's now holding out because I made her promise not to give birth until I came back.

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post #8 of 27 Old 05-17-2010, 04:37 PM
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My friend's mare would always wait for her to be there for her to foal. She's had three babies and had been out of town on the due dates of two of those births. My friend saw all three births. Mares can and will wait. They do it in the wild too, until they can find a safe place. Now, they can't hold it forever, obviously, but they can hold it, lol.

She really is a looker, and I hope the foaling and her leg all goes well without a hitch. She is certainly a beautiful mare. =]

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post #9 of 27 Old 05-20-2010, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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She waited for me! I'm home now, and I popped in on my way back. The foal has dropped, so it really will be any day now. She looks huge, and the minute she saw me she came up and demanded I deal with an itchy spot on her face. I guess Gypsy keeps her promises!

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post #10 of 27 Old 05-21-2010, 09:08 PM
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I'm glad she was rescued!! so many people just shoot or put down a horse with an injury without giving them a chance or paying for vet care or whatever... It's really good to hear something like this!!
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