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post #1 of 9 Old 04-15-2014, 03:32 AM Thread Starter
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Foal soon?

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We got this mare about 3 weeks ago and was told she is bred (she's huge so it was obvious).
They didn't have an approx date or anything. I had the vet come out and she did palpitated her stomach and did an ultrasound and said it was really hard to give a solid estimate but she thought we would have a foal in a month or less. This is our first foal so I was just curious about when she might foal. I know it's up to her and baby of course. We are on night watch and 100% prepared but I've never seen foaling signs before so I'm not sure what to expect.
She is huge and her belly is pretty low. She has alot of clear colostrum (not sticky yet but man there's alot) and the past 48 hours she has really slowed down. Usually she is excited to get out of her stall and hit the pasture but today and yesterday she just relaxed in the barn almost all day.

Sound like she is going to foal soon?
How soon after tons of clear colostrum did your mare foal?

These were the best pictures I could get. She got little to no handling in her previous home so she is slowly coming around.
I couldn't get an udder picture.

This is princess our mini mare by the way :)
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Be cautious that you don't over milk her.

Have the vet on speed dial, minis are notorious for foaling complications.

Why do the previous owners not have a breeding date? What was she bred to?

And mares don't always follow a rule book, some don't show any signs and drop a foal. Others can give every sign of impending labor (baby dropped, full udder with milk ready, relaxed elongated vulva, etc) and not drop the foal for weeks. Good luck on foal watch and don't take your eyes off her for a moment. Minis are high maintenance when it comes to foal watch.
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Looks like a drop belly to me. Is her hind end soft, full udder, etc. I agree with SunnyDraco don't take your eyes off her.
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Originally Posted by SunnyDraco View Post
Have the vet on speed dial, minis are notorious for foaling complications.

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Yes, not to scare you but my friends mini amost died and the foal did die, it was a horrific situation you you must have your vet ready to run out to save one or both of them when the time comes as often to foals are too big for them to birth. I'm sure you can Google this and learn more - specifically about minis.

Good luck to you!
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Our vet is on stand by waiting also :)
She was owned by an elderly man and his health went downhill so a lady helped him rehome a couple. They both didn't have dates. The lady guessed 6 moths but my vet said that's impossible and she's very close. Ill try and get some better picture today. She came in pretty rough shape. Her feet were bad and she had a bad case of lice we are treating. Plus she's very nervous around everyone.
Her hind end isn't soft yet but I'm checking that often.
She has already had at least 2 foals with no complications so that's a little relief but I'm still on standby.
When I check her milk she has tons squirt out its just not sticky yet.
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And the elderly man only had minis so it was a mini stallion!
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I checked on her this morning. Her hind doesnt seem soft yet. However her milk is changing. It was completely clear and now its white. Heres a couple pictures (sorry they arent the best she doesnt like objects down there except hands haha)

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That's good news about the vet being ready. Has this mare foaled before? If so the risk might be lower but others will know more about that than me.

My friend's mini mater with her male mini - they'd been together for years before it happened so it was unexpected....he's now gelded (I just wrote neutered and fixed it - must be having a brain cramp!)!
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