I got a buckskin mare for christmas from our farrier. He did tell us she had been bred to a percheron stallion. This is not her first foal so it isn't as big of an issue about the size. She has started to bag up a week or two ago. Her hips looked as if they have dropped. There's a full moon coming up so we've been keeping a close eye on her. This is not our first foal born here[will be the 6th if I remember right.] and neighbor is a breeder so we have backup if she has trouble. I do have a few questions that are just out of curiosity.
Is it ok to nurse the foal before it stands? As in taking milk from mom into a bottle and nursing the foal.
I've been watching videos of mares foaling to get in the spirit and in one video I noticed they tied knots in the afterbirth after the mare stood so she would not step on it. Do you recommend this? And what exactly does it benefit if its beneficial?
And has anyone noticed any warning signs the day before your mare foals? Something very subtle or unique.
And also if your mare has had problems, did she "tell" you she was having problems? According to my farrier, she had a problem with her second foal and she nudges you when she needs help.
I'm sure everything will go fine. And will probably happen while everyone is asleep. I've just had some questions bugging me lately =]