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  • My miniature mare is over 370 days in foal

View Poll Results: When will Crystal foal and what will her baby be?
In 1-7 days Filly 2 8.70%
In 1-7 days Colt 3 13.04%
In 7 - 14 days Filly 8 34.78%
In 7 - 14 days Colt 4 17.39%
In 14 - 21 days Filly 4 17.39%
In 14 - 21 days Colt 2 8.70%
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    08-21-2012, 07:11 AM
The trouble with mares and "due dates" is that they don't really have a set due date :P typical gestation is 340-370 days. Foals are viable anywhere from 320 days, and I think there was a pregnancy that went over 400. Minis usually have a slightly shorter gestation, from what I know, but they still have a pretty broad window of typicality.

You will need to watch for a red bag delivery, minis are more prone to it than others and if the foal is red bag it requires immediate intervention via cutting of the bag (I have heard of using a popstick cut diagonally) because red bag is when the placenta comes out first and the foal will need to be able to breathe without waiting for its mother to pass enough of the bag for it to break through the weaker white part. The foal will also need a vet asap in the event of a red bag for a plasma transfusion.

That's all from my research of course :)
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    08-21-2012, 07:40 AM
Will be doing some more research into that! She is at home so we can watch her closely and when she gets more signs she will be checked on at night also.

If anything is to go wrong the bet will be called of course! She's great and tiny so good for minis!
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    08-21-2012, 07:49 AM
Lol, I research A LOT because I want to breed a mare one day but I have to decide whether I want her to be mine (my chestnut TB is atm looking like a nice candidate) or whether I want to lease a broodmare.

What if you hired a foaling alarm? They give you lots of false alarms, and some mares will foal standing up, but it gives you a better chance of being there for the birth and with mini's that's really important because they do have a MUCH higher complication rate than big horses :) otherwise you could board her somewhere to foal down, there are facilities that are dedicated to it.

Up to you of course, if/when I breed my mare will most certainly be foaling down on someone else's property. I have friends who are experienced breeders, and I'm a huge worry wart, so it's what's best for me. But your decision needs to be based on what's best for YOU and YOUR mare :)
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    08-21-2012, 08:27 AM
We live in a fairly remote area so no access to breeders to foal down and the mare stressed majorly if removed from her heard totally, she is separated with one other mare at the moment

. I'm going to lOok into the Foal alarm tomorrow. Don't know anywhere here where I could look but trusty google can help!
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    08-23-2012, 04:00 AM
I'm pretty sure you can hire them from a website, which posts them out and then you post them back when you're done with them (I think, idk the process). They attach to a halter I think.
    09-03-2012, 08:25 PM
Some new photos of Crystal,
Her black/white tummy is so deceiving, she doesnt look as big as she is.
My arms don't go around her, not even close!

She has been eating ravenously, sleeping and standing in the shade.
Exciting life.
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    09-06-2012, 04:53 AM
She's very cute! Can't wait for baby to appear though seems a long way off
    09-06-2012, 05:02 AM
Awesome! Very cute! Can't wait to see baby photos :P
    09-06-2012, 03:35 PM
Cute little girl. Considering you think she's just about to foal, she really doesn't appear so.

As others have said, Minis are notorious for having foaling problems.

Just wanted to add, if you do decide to breed her again, please make sure you select a stud with a correct rear. Your mare is extremely lacking in that department. She is posty and has little length from point of hip to point of buttock. It is a common fault in Minis.

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    09-06-2012, 05:29 PM
Thanks for everyone's opinions,
It is possible she is due later the September 9th date is just the earliest possible day.

She seems bigger in real life :P

Thanks Feathered Feet for pointing that out, we will defenently look at that.
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