Was hoping someone may be able to assist. I have an 18 year old Mini here that is heavy in foal. While I don't know her actual gestation dates I've been told she is "due" on the 21st of Jan but foals usually a week or so early. This will be her 6th pregnancy.
She is bagged up to the point where the center crease in her udder at the back is completely gone and she has been somewhat waxy for a few days.
Last night at around 9pm I noticed sticky discharge from her Vulva. This again was noticed at around 1am and again 3am. At around 4am this morning she went down and certainly had contractions. Every few minutes she would tense up and was even streaming out of her udder.
5-5:30am this morning everything just kinda suddenly stopped.
Since then it seems in the last hour or two (Current time here is 12pm) the foal has moved considerably with the "v" in her belly moving right back. Foal seems fine and active however she isnt acting her usual self and is literally struggling to walk. She doesnt seem to be in pain but rather "laboured" with her walking. Huffing and Puffing have been noticed for the last day or so.
While this is my first pregnancy Im fairly certain that the discharge I seen was her Mucus plug and that foaling is likely going to be either tonight or tomorrow morning.
This could not be a worse time for her to foal.
Tomorrow here in Australia we are to suffer a major heat wave. Where I live we are expecting 45 °C+ (113 °F+) temperatures and we have very little shade here.
My concern is the foal tomorrow with the heat. Being so small and so young how can I tell when its just too hot for her? Is it too dangerous to hose her a little bit or bath her and how soon would it be safe to remove her from mum to do so?
If anyone could please give me some advise, especially in relation to dealing with the foal in this heatwave. I would really appreciate it. Thanks