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  • How big should a mare be at 8.5 months
  • How accurate are vets on guessing a horses due date?

 
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    03-30-2011, 12:29 PM
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Weanling
How close would you say she is?

I am pretty new to the horse world and have never been around a pregnant horse or a foal. We bought a throughbred in September and she was pregnant the guy said around three months. He had just got her himself and he had a clydesdale. I am thinking she is very close to having this foal she has days where she looks very uncomfortable and her bag is getting pretty big. I am going to try and get some pics on here.
     
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    03-30-2011, 12:30 PM
  #2
Weanling



     
    03-30-2011, 12:33 PM
  #3
Weanling
These pics are a few days old and her bag is a little bit bigger. It has been some nasty weather here and she wont be having the foal where the pics where taken. We have her a cozy stall ready for her.
     
    03-30-2011, 12:51 PM
  #4
jdw
Weanling
Well, their gestation period is 9 months, just like a human. Her bag should get even bigger immediately before, but they don't always. Sometimes the milk doesn't come all the way down until right before. Have you checked to see if milk is present? This would mean (if due now) she conceived in late June/early July. She could be due in late April if she conceived in late July/early August, she would be due in April. It should be a approximately 252 days give or take. Remember, they are like humans, and each pregnancy can vary, especially if this is her first foal. To be very precise you could have a vet check; they will probably do a sonogram and get give you a due date accurate within a couple of days. A vet is also a great idea if you have never helped birth a foal. They can usually handle things by themselves, but you should be able to tell if there is a problem and when to call the vet. I know people that actually board their horse at the vets for him to be on call to deliver. Good Luck!
     
    03-30-2011, 01:06 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by jdw    
Well, their gestation period is 9 months, just like a human. Her bag should get even bigger immediately before, but they don't always. Sometimes the milk doesn't come all the way down until right before. Have you checked to see if milk is present? This would mean (if due now) she conceived in late June/early July. She could be due in late April if she conceived in late July/early August, she would be due in April. It should be a approximately 252 days give or take. Remember, they are like humans, and each pregnancy can vary, especially if this is her first foal. To be very precise you could have a vet check; they will probably do a sonogram and get give you a due date accurate within a couple of days. A vet is also a great idea if you have never helped birth a foal. They can usually handle things by themselves, but you should be able to tell if there is a problem and when to call the vet. I know people that actually board their horse at the vets for him to be on call to deliver. Good Luck!
I am pretty sure that the gestation time for a horse is 11months and the average mare goes to about 340 days. I do agree that all mares are different. My mare was a 10 month foal and so was her sister according to there breeder.
     
    03-30-2011, 01:55 PM
  #6
Weanling
We did have her checked in December he did a rectal on her. We guessed her to be around 7-8 months at that time. I have done alot of reading and I do realize that just like humans they wont show all the text book signs. The other day she was doing alot of looking at her sides, kicking at her belly, laying down and getting back up, and she would stretch her front leg out. Having had two kids myself I know when your that far along its very uncomfortable. LOL. Everyone tells me to just leave her alone, but I am finding it very hard to stay away I just want to make sure she is ok and knows I am there if she needs me.
What is the best way to get them use to having their utters touched? I don't think anyone has spent much time with her till we got her and she will kick if we touch her feet or her utters. I hope she will let the baby nurse. There for awhile anytime I got near her she would bite me and she kicked me in the back one day when I went to feed her. She can be a handful.
     
    03-30-2011, 02:07 PM
  #7
Weanling
Your mare looks to be on the thin side I would start by increasing her hay or getting her some alflafa and some more grain along with some extra vitamins.....she is going to be expending a lot of calories when she starts nursing and will likely become even thinner.

Gestation for a horse is about 342 days but can vary from 325 to 360 days.

Super Nova
     
    03-30-2011, 02:22 PM
  #8
Foal
The gestation for mares pregnancy is 11 months. I have a mare that is due in Mid June. I was told. I got her in October of last year. They told me that they bred her in July 2010. So basically the same time yours was. Mine is getting bigger but she needs to get alot bigger,which she still has 2 1/2 months before she is even due. She may go over her due date. That happens alot. I would just have patience, watch her and keep her sheltered as much, I grew up in Utah and I know that that weather can be demanding especially on pregnant Mares. Also, I give my mare Bermuda Pellets, and 4-in one grain mix. I also free feed her, She eats what she wants on her flake Bermuda. Just have patience and yes watch her. If for anything to see her program and actions... Good Luck, I know that I cannot wait for mine to foal...
     
    03-30-2011, 02:24 PM
  #9
Weanling
I noticed that to I have upped her food and grain. I am feeding her the mare and foal grain. I went out yesterday to find supplements, but I am having no luck finding anything but grain. What would you suggest? Maybe I over looked it thinking it wasnt the right thing. I really have been trying my best to do the right things for her and I have been doing alot of research, but each site or book says to do something different. That's why I am looking around the fourms you all have been through this and know alot more than me.
     
    03-30-2011, 02:29 PM
  #10
Foal
I have started my mare on Mare Plus, as for her utters I am going through the same thing, my mare is 8.5 months along and she is a maden mare and does not like being touched either. Suggestions that people have gave me is try a warm cloth, some horses really like that. I still have about 2 months to work on my gal, I don't think you have that long. Just keep trying your best. Good luck post pics of baby when it comes.
     

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