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post #1 of 4 Old 05-01-2013, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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guarantee due date

I have an amazing trick to tell all of my pregnant mare owners out here

Everyone always paces the few weeks before a mare will pop
and like all mares.. they're all different with their bodies.
Some bag up the day or night of the foal, some are dripping for a week before.
Even if you have no idea when she will pop or if you keep track, you will LOVE this!
This is valuable for everyone with a pregnant mare.

What you will need:

1.) half gallon of Distilled water
2.) measuring cup (1 cup)
3.) spa or pool test strips.
Make sure they have Calcium & PH on the lables

If your clueless to your mares due date but with-in a month you can start using this method.

By using your measuring cup squeeze a few squirts of her milk in the cup.
Then add about a half full shot glass of Distilled water to the cup of milk.
(stir it up)
Take your Pool or Spa strip and slather it in the distilled water/milk mix.
(and take it out quickly, just get its little color labels wet!)

Now line up your stick to the side of the Spa/Pool bottle
(It should have a list of labels & colors to let you know % in balance.)

Your only focus on this strip is the CAL (Calcium) & PH!!
When the CAL Spikes High & the PH Drops Low your foal is only hours away!

Your mare's natural body will tell you everything you need to know.

When you start a few weeks before hand your just trying to get a estimate on where your mare might be. She could be 3 weeks off still but your job is to check twice a day until you get milk & difference in colors.

Now these strips get all nasty quickly, so i will line up the bars & quickly take a picture of the strip attached to the bottle. to watch..

I did not add night & day for 3 weeks of pictures here but here is the gist of the idea for you.

With my mare I purchased her pregnant with unknown due date but month of.

This is picture at week 1 of testing milk at Morning

This is picture at week 2 of testing milk at morning

This is picture at week 3 (Morning) of testing milk at morning

This is picture of week 3 of testing milk for her (Night) check.
A mares levels change that quick!

She popped at 10am that morning...

See how the Cal color label turned from light orange to a deep red!!
PH really didn't drop but her CALCIUM levels Spiked & thats the trick to know your with-in 12 hours for your new foal. A mares Calcium levels will naturally spike just before the baby, The mare has begun her colostrum for the babies first milk. it helps the immunity for the baby and will get rid of any meconium in the babies gastric tract. So the first Creation of Colostrum the mare starts to produce will Always be your AH HA MAMMA I GOT YOU!!!!!!! :)

I hope this is helpful, it has helped me & many of my friends For many births :)
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-01-2013, 09:26 AM
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Hate to burst your bubble, but your "measurements" are *quite* accurate.

You can just "take a few squirts" and "about a half a shot glass", etc. It needs to be very, very precise!

Specifically a 1:6 (milk to distilled water) ratio...

Also, the pH is the key. Calcium will rise, certainly, but the pH is the TRUE indicator IMO (only 30 foals or so).

If you want to know more specifics, just google "Milk Testing 101". It will come up on COTH and other sites.
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post #3 of 4 Old 05-01-2013, 09:46 AM
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Edit: Sorry should read AREN'T quite accurate. ;)

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post #4 of 4 Old 05-01-2013, 09:59 AM
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Mares don't actually have due dates, anyway. They have estimated birth times, which is why vets give you a range of dates that go anywhere from 11 to 13 months.

You want the truth? You can't HANDLE the truth!
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