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post #11 of 21 Old 03-30-2011, 06:35 PM
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She looks like she is a week or two away. Or less, depending on the mare. Her tail/hip area is slacked off and her udder is pretty full, just looks like she will fill up her teats a bit more.

Is there somewhere else where she can foal? Somewhere more sheltered? All that mud and the very wide spaced white fencing won't be ideal for a newborn. I agree on getting her fatter. Any mare and foal grain pellets will come with supplements in it (or it should, check the back of the bag) then you just need to make sure she has free choice salt minerals and lots of alfalfa type hay. Good luck!!

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post #12 of 21 Old 03-30-2011, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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No she is not having her baby in the mud. I have her stall all cleaned up and filled with straw. We have been getting alot of rain and snow and my husband is out of town for school. As soon as he gets back he will get some of that muck out with the tractor. I had my father in law come out and do it, but it rained and then snowed again.
Right now I am feeding her hay and mare & foal grain.
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post #13 of 21 Old 03-31-2011, 03:02 PM
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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. Thats why I am looking around the fourms you all have been through this and know alot more than me.
Tanya,

My mare seems to be around the same in months gestation as yours... I will load a picture of my mare.. My mare was on the thin side when I got her, she has since gained weight. However, when you look at her head on you see a wide birth, and then that's it, however, she has just picked up weight as of late, even though I was always giving her the same amount of pellets. I did buy me some bermuda pellets at one of the big feed/ barn stores in between Roy and Willard utah. WHile I was out there last summer... I would just getr her some 4-in 1 sweet feed.. add that to her morning and nightly meals... That is all I do and she has been gaining weight... I would give her 1 to 1/2 cups per meal added to her pellets or hay... I have noticed that my mare will only eat her bermuda HAY when she wants too, however, it is always out there for her if she chooses.... Have you fed Pellets before? When I first got my mare she had never had them and she loved them immediately... She has went back and forth with them and she loves them wet as well.... just a thought... best of luck..
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post #14 of 21 Old 03-31-2011, 03:11 PM
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No she is not having her baby in the mud. I have her stall all cleaned up and filled with straw. We have been getting alot of rain and snow and my husband is out of town for school. As soon as he gets back he will get some of that muck out with the tractor. I had my father in law come out and do it, but it rained and then snowed again.
Right now I am feeding her hay and mare & foal grain.
Tanya,
YOu know thinking about it your mare might be farther along then mine.. Counting... yep she is... Do you feed Alfafa? Or Bermuda? I do give mine Bermuda Pellets, She was getting Alfafa straight, I changed her over to Bermuda Pellets because it is easier on their tummies, or so I was told... And the change was easy and she loves the pellets.. Best of luck to you.. Don't worry on the Mud as a Long Time UTahn it is messie this time of the year.. Just keep making your plans to keep it up and watch her is the best that I can say so that you can see her moods and guage her before she drops that foal in the mud... Watch and see if she is rubbing her butt, biting her sides, or kicking at her tummy.. She will be extra ordinarily moody, she may leak out milk, just watch her as much as you can....
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Also she should be Waxing on her teets!! That is a sign as well.. It looks like grains of salt on her teets... they call it waxing... look online at marestare.com and that will give you lots of helps as well...
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post #16 of 21 Old 03-31-2011, 03:58 PM
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I have a maiden mare due in a couple of weeks, and she wasn't to keen on having her udder touched either. Every day I spend some time with her just goiving her scratcheis, I start on her shoulder where she loves it, then work straight down to her girth area and just keep rubbing and scratching as far back towards her udder as she is comfortable, as soon as she looks uneasy I just go forward again and then back to the same point. Keep going until she is relaxed at that point, then quit.

I've been doing this everyday for a week, and now I'm able to touch her around her udders, and she doesn't worry at all.
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Tanya,
YOu know thinking about it your mare might be farther along then mine.. Counting... yep she is... Do you feed Alfafa? Or Bermuda? I do give mine Bermuda Pellets, She was getting Alfafa straight, I changed her over to Bermuda Pellets because it is easier on their tummies, or so I was told... And the change was easy and she loves the pellets.. Best of luck to you.. Don't worry on the Mud as a Long Time UTahn it is messie this time of the year.. Just keep making your plans to keep it up and watch her is the best that I can say so that you can see her moods and guage her before she drops that foal in the mud... Watch and see if she is rubbing her butt, biting her sides, or kicking at her tummy.. She will be extra ordinarily moody, she may leak out milk, just watch her as much as you can....
I have never used the pellets before. She is eating alfalfa and the mare and foal grain. She didnt start to show ribs till a few weeks ago I thought it was just because her belly was so tight on the bottom. I am going to try and worm her today if she will let me. This horse is pretty high strung and since she kicked me already in the back I am a bit jumpy with her. LOL. I will see if I can find the bramuda pellets today when I get the wormer. I called the vet yesterday and he told me to worm her before she foals we just wormed all our horses in November/October sometime.
At night I put her in her stall with her cozy straw bed just in case she decides to have the baby that way she is not out in the muck. In the morning I let her out and clean up her messes and let her stay out for the day. Are you here in UT Reblynn? We are supposed to have some nice weather so I hope it dries up out there for her. Thanks for the tips and advice I really apperitiate it.
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I have a maiden mare due in a couple of weeks, and she wasn't to keen on having her udder touched either. Every day I spend some time with her just goiving her scratcheis, I start on her shoulder where she loves it, then work straight down to her girth area and just keep rubbing and scratching as far back towards her udder as she is comfortable, as soon as she looks uneasy I just go forward again and then back to the same point. Keep going until she is relaxed at that point, then quit.

I've been doing this everyday for a week, and now I'm able to touch her around her udders, and she doesn't worry at all.
Thanks Golden Horse I will try that.
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post #19 of 21 Old 03-31-2011, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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I just looked at that mare stare site. Theres some good info in ther thanks for letting me know about it. The other day she was showing all the signs they talked about how the mare gets the foal into birthing position. She was looking at her side, kicking at her belly, biting her side, pawing the ground, streching her front leg out, laying down and then getting right back up. That was 4 days ago and now she is acting fine.
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post #20 of 21 Old 03-31-2011, 04:52 PM
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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.
Now I am embarrassed...I inadvertently put the gestation of a cow and not a horse; You are EXACTLY right!! Occupational hazard of being a ranchers daughter!!! There is a site to list ALL your questions answered at www.horsegestation.com

Mating & Gestation StatsProper age at first mating3 yearsPeriod of fertility10-12 yearsAverage estral cycle (including heat)21 daysEstral range
10-37 daysAverage length of heat5-6 daysHeat range
2-11 daysUsual Ovulation24-48 hours before estrus endsCycle returns, if not breed21 daysAverage gestation340 daysGestation range
310-370 days

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