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        11-14-2013, 04:50 PM
    Our situation wasn't so bad when we first got her, but family problems and my other horse's accident where he ripped part off his face to the bone, took away most of our funds. It's not any fault of ours that we have no way to get the vet here.

    Our animals are well fed, without a thin critter among them... and if you'd seen the Star of last year compared with the Star of today, you'd have no doubt in mind that we did the right thing. She was skin on bones, now she's a plump well filled-out horse.

    I'm just looking for help here...
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        11-14-2013, 04:53 PM

    Thanks. This is my first time on any forum so I hope I'm doing things right here. I wouldn't be so worried if it was in the spring or even summer, but I know winter kills...
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        11-14-2013, 04:53 PM
    I've never dealt with a pregnant mare but I'm dying to see this gorgeous little lady! Can we have some pictures? :)
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        11-14-2013, 04:58 PM

    I'm not on the computer that has my photos on it, but I'll certainly try to get some on here later when I am... if I can figure everything out. And I'll be sure to post pics of the foal (if she does end up having one) too.
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        11-14-2013, 05:31 PM
    Originally Posted by Streamertail    

    I'm just looking for help here...
    I found myself in a similar situation eariler this year, we got 2 mares with the understanding one was bred, soon to foal and the other had a 6 month old filly by her side. The mare did foal a beautiful colt 1 month after we got them but we soon realized the other mare was pregnant. We had no idea when she was due. After driving everyone crazy (read Sages foaling thread) she finally had an awesome palomino colt October 17, not a great time to foal, it's rainy, cold and windy here. But as I look back and compare the 2 colts, the spring colt had a much finer/thinner coat, the fall colt has a thick coat (really really thick). I worried about Chance (fall colt) and it being cold and rainy weather, but I have never seen him schiver or act cold.

    Don't stress over your mare, she knows what to do. My horses have plenty of land with tree breaks and given the choice they would rather hide in the trees than a barn, but that's my crazy horses.
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        11-14-2013, 06:12 PM
    Originally Posted by Streamertail    

    Thanks. This is my first time on any forum so I hope I'm doing things right here. I wouldn't be so worried if it was in the spring or even summer, but I know winter kills...
    A little friendly advice:

    Even if the forum is pretty much required to be a friendly place, which means that many knowledgeable people will keep their jaws wired shut...

    There will be a few people who will flat out tell you when you're doing something wrong, and question. The gravity of the situation will alter how blunt they are.

    Which is to say, your situation is a bit out there.

    Your mare was bred? Unplanned? Why didn't you get the vet out to give her a lute shot to prevent the pregnancy?

    Yeah, the other horse is worth money, great, but not if she's sick or dead...and if finances were so tight after the injury, why not sell or rehome her?

    Just some things to think about. I'm sure other people have other insight. Just as I'm sure there is some "good reason" you didn't do these things.
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        11-14-2013, 06:31 PM
    To all to whom it may concern - yes, it's rough here at times, but no one is going hungry, and we're not going to sell our beloved animals/friends to people who would abuse them or sell them off in an auction for dog food. Yes, there are many that do that here where I am, and that's where good ol' Star would be if we hadn't taken her home.

    Horses, for me, aren't things one can just sell or buy on a whim.... they're companions... friends. All I'm on here for is to ask what I can do to help my mare take care of her foal (if she has one) in the cold winter months, that's all.

    And also what to do when the foal is born.

    Here are photos of my lovely mare, by the way -
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        11-14-2013, 08:53 PM
    She is so pretty! Wow! :) If she is pregnant (she looks like a pregnant mare to me, but like I said, no experience with pregnant horses on my end) I'm eager to see the foal.
        11-14-2013, 09:11 PM
    My only your first post you mentioned filling her shelter with hay for her to foal in & then building a fire nearby for warmth😳. Please don't.....
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        11-14-2013, 09:20 PM
    My horse is kept on a breeding farm and she definitely looks like all the pregnant mares at the barn! I don't know anything about foaling or pregnant mares other than the babies are so dang cute! Good luck!
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