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    01-10-2010, 07:12 PM
  #11
Weanling
Ditto what has been said-- it could be from the baby and/or unfamiliar pregnancy-related sensations when she was being longed, or it could be mild colic symptoms. "Colic" is just a blanket general term for discomfort in the belly region afterall--a "bellyache"--- and there are many many causes of a bellyache ranging from having a bit of gas or a cramp up to a full blown twist or rupture of something.
     
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    01-10-2010, 07:56 PM
  #12
Foal
Okay I have a couple of things. Yes the workout could have gotten the baby moving for sure. But biting at the sides is generally not a good thing. You want to be really careful with any pregnant mare especially since she is pretty fair along. I understand that you don't think that it was colic and since she is still alive fine, it probably wasn't. But I have had a horse colic 24 hours after I saw symptoms of what I tought was colic and decided it wasn't because she had pink gums, she was eating drinking, and I saw her poop. I almost lost her about 30 hours later. When people try to help you take their adivse it might not go anywhere but it may give you something to think about. We all get scared and excited when something is wrong with our beloved horses. Good Luck and I hope everything works out with your foal.
     
    01-11-2010, 03:44 PM
  #13
Foal
I would have thought it could well be the baby kicking. I have 2 pregnant mares at 8 months and 8.5 months, a foal at (8 months ish)240 days would be about the same size as a lamb 45lb and grows to about 70-80lb in the next 30 days, so not that small anymore, if you look you may see the movement under her tummy. If you can see it she can certainly feel it! On one of my mares I have seen the baby kicking quite obviously although she is very laid back about it! The other mare will turn around and glare at her belly. Lol. The first mare has been through it all before the second is a maiden mare. Lunging the mare may have caused the baby to agitate a little, as she returned to normal quickly I wouldn't worry, it may well have been the baby having a good kick.
However, if you see her doing it a lot it could indicate a problem with the pregnany or colic and you should clear it with your vet.
     
    01-11-2010, 06:50 PM
  #14
Weanling
Ok, I am pretty sure it is just the lunging waking the foal up and causing it to kick because I lunged her again today and she did the exact same thing.
     

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