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post #21 of 207 Old 06-19-2010, 07:36 PM
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^^ The stud isn't so fugly.. just needs to put on some weight and major muscling ;) Your mare could use some groceries too.. But what a cutie <3 Good luck with the foaling! (hoping for a grulla paint for ya!)

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post #22 of 207 Old 06-19-2010, 08:33 PM
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^^ The stud isn't so fugly.. just needs to put on some weight and major muscling ;) Your mare could use some groceries too.. But what a cutie <3 Good luck with the foaling! (hoping for a grulla paint for ya!)
The stud's not super fugly but certainly shouldn't be breeding, either. I don't think the mare needs groceries, I think she's just supra-preggo - they get ribby in the late stages.


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Dee, glad to see you on here. I was wondering how Dancer was doing.

Well, that makes 4. I wonder if anyone else will decide to join. I would if I was expecting a baby but mine was last year. LOL

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post #24 of 207 Old 06-19-2010, 09:13 PM
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I've worked really hard not to let my girl get ribby. She was a bit ribby when I bought her last fall because she still had a foal nursing. I think I am feeding her almost twice as much as my geldings.

It's really hard to evaluate the paint stud when he is underweight. No horse looks beautiful (in my eyes) underweight. But then again, I keep my guys a bit on the fat side. I guess what I am saying is, he would probably be a lot handsomer with some muscle and fat on him. And it's hard to evaluate him conformationally from that photo because it's at an angle so you don't get a good look at his hind end. So I'm not going to be overly hard on my judgement of the boy.

So is it actually normal for broodmares to get thin towards the end of their pregnancy? (this is my first time with a pregnant mare)
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post #25 of 207 Old 06-19-2010, 10:13 PM
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So is it actually normal for broodmares to get thin towards the end of their pregnancy? (this is my first time with a pregnant mare)

In my experience anyways (which is admittedly limited to only a handful of large horses, but a bit more extensive in minis) it's not normal for them to actually get THIN, but it's normal for them to get an appearance of a prominent topline and get a little ribby in appearance as the relaxin (a hormone that causes all the muscles to soften) in their system kicks up on the final approach to foaling.


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post #26 of 207 Old 06-20-2010, 12:03 AM
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Scooter is cow hocked and has very long pasterns. He's also a bit pigeon toed. He would look much better if stupid son in law would feed him, but he thinks the weeds in his makeshift stud pen are enough. I finally gave in and am feeding all of the horses myself, not just buying the feed.

They have all put weight on, but I would like to see them gain a lot more. Bought wormer today and will take care of that tomorrow, except maybe Dancer - a little leery of worming her so close to foaling. Farrier is coming out at the end of the month, another $150 that son in law didn't allow for so I'll have to pay that too. My salary only goes so far - the least he could do is put the feed in the bucket for the poor thing. That's why vet is willing to geld the stallions even though he really knows they aren't mine. He's not fond of BYBs...

Glad you don't think Dancer is too skinny. I came back from vacation to find that the girl who was supposed to be caring for the horses didn't feed them they way I told her too - she didn't think I knew what I was doing. She had never heard of beet pulp - I was glad she at least fed the alfalfa pellets, but not too thrilled that she also fed them the chopped corn and oats we keep as scratch for the hens. I have found that the horses don't do too well on grain - they seem to lose weight. Must be the heat or something.

Dancer's rear end changed shape this afternoon. I've never seen anything like it. Her tail bone is suddenly so prominent it's almost deformed looking. Her bag isn't very big, but if you touch it you'll get soaked from the milk, which is actually dripping. I've never been around a mare that is about to foal, so all of this may mean nothing. I only know about cows, and they make very prominent bags that get very strutted just before calving. The tailbone thing, though, is a little concerning. If Dancer were a cow, I'd be keeping watch tonight...

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Scooter is cow hocked and has very long pasterns. He's also a bit pigeon toed. He would look much better if stupid son in law would feed him, but he thinks the weeds in his makeshift stud pen are enough. I finally gave in and am feeding all of the horses myself, not just buying the feed.
The good thing is, it looks like she has strengths in his weaknesses. i. e.- shorter pasterns, not- cowhocked (:P), etc... It also sounds like she's ready and may very well go tonight! But who knows, them mares love to keep us guessing!

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Well, no baby yet. Daughter wanted to check on Dancer every half hour last night, but I told her that was just too much. I didn't want Dancer upset by such a change in routine. We settled on a quick peek every couple of hours or so, but...nothing.

Dancer was down in the "community corner" this morning. That's were both pens (including the one the stallion is in) and the pasture all come together. All of the horses can get together and socialize - which they do every morning and from time to time throughout the day. Guess she's not ready to break that routine yet.

She had a little mucus discharge last night, so I'm guessing she's getting closer, but knowing how stubborn she can be, it could still be another month...

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If the discharge you saw last night is the mucus plug, then she will likely be going within a couple of days. Everything about that (soft butt, squirting and dripping milk, mucus discharge) screams to me that she is getting close but it is possible she could hold out for a while longer. Not too long though.

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I hope it's not too much longer. Poor girl looks like she's about to explode! Her bag is three times the size it was yesterday, even bigger than it was this morning. We pulled her out of the lot and hosed her down to give her some relief from the heat. She has never had water used on her and didn't know what to make of it. She danced around in circles sidways around me (daughter wanted me to tie her to a tree, but I was afraid to do that in case she fought too hard) before she finally heaved a gigantic sigh, half closed her eyes and cocked a hip. She seemed to really enjoy it - good thing we have a good well, because we ran the water on her for nearly 20 minutes.

Because we have horse flies big enough to saddle, I thought I'd better spray her. She really didn't appreciate that at all, but we managed without her pitching too much of a fit. (Did NOT spray the bag, but I did dampen a paper towel to rub the stuff on most of her big belly.) She acted much more comfortable when we put her back in the lot. No more kicking and stomping - she was eating her hay calmly.

I have a feeling I'm going to have to work with her as well as the foal on basic ground manners. She leads well enough - but she's very pushy and is just now learning to follow at a respectful distance.

Oldest daughter popped in today to wish her Daddy a happy father's day and check on Dancer. Oldest daughter wants the foal after it's weaned, so fortunately I don't have to worry about finding someone to take/buy it. Oldest daughter can't wait for the foal to hit the ground - she wants to buy the foal halter, but wait to see what color the foal is before getting one. She'll get one the day the foal is born - Paso Fino breeder that is friends with younger daughter puts a foal halter on within 24 hours of birth. She also leaves a lead rope attached to make it easier to catch and handle the foal - she keeps new mamas and babies in smallish corrals for the first few weeks so she can get the babies used to being handled. By the time they are turned out with the rest of the herd in the pasture, the babies are lead broke and will stand to be groomed and whatnot.

I'm still trying to get son in law to agree to geld his stallion. Even though some of the forum members don't think he's as fugly as I do, we all seem to agree that he's still not breeding quality no matter how you look at it. He'll make a good riding horse with his sweet temperment - hopefully gelding him will alleviate some of his gelding agression. Personally, I think it will help, becuas even now, as long as there is a fence between Scooter and DJ, they get along great - even do a bit of mutual grooming. Put them in the same pasture though, and it's Katy bar the door!

I'm beginning to think that these horses are going to be the death of me yet!

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