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    07-01-2012, 03:50 PM
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Question How long to go?

Hey, so im completely new to all this but I just wanted some peoples opinions on something.
We brought a 9 year old coloured cob mare near the end of March this year, and just two weeks ago, we found out that she is actually pregnant, althought we have only had just over three months. We initially thought that she had a grass belly as the horses went out late into their summer paddocks due to the horrible weather. She started being a bit funny about having the bit in her mouth and being caught in the field, assuming it was because of the amount of grass she had and that she was being greedy, we ignored it and carried on. Two weeks ago, my mum went up to the stables to take ebony out for a hack and noticed that she was looking uncomfortable and that the girth wouldnt actually wouldnt do up as normal. One of the ladies up the stables noticed a sharp movement in Ebonys belly and that's when alarm bells started ringing. We got the vet up the next day and he confiremed that she was indeed in foal and that she was approximatly ten and a half months. The person who had her before us had only had her around two months which ment that she was sold a pregant horse without knowing it. Ideally we should of had her vetted, but due to the last horse being a complete disaster, we didnt have the trust in them. When the vet was up, he was sure that Ebony would indeed foal within the following week. As you can probably tell, she has not foaled and we think that it could possibly be another two or three weeks before she does. We as a family have no idea about bringing up a foal and we didnt intend on taking one on, but Ebony is a complete dream and we would never give them up, so we will love the pair of them none the less.
i have attached some pictures that I have taken of her earlier today and wondered if I could get some opinions and advice on how far along she maybe and what I should do when the time comes. Many thanks, Beth x
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    07-02-2012, 10:56 AM
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Her vulva looks extremely ready, but her udder doesn't. Though if she is a maiden mare, that is normal. I would say she will be going within this week based on her vulva picture alone, if not way before.
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    07-03-2012, 08:11 AM
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Her udder has over the last couple of days began to fill a little bit more but only the slightest. Her behaviour aswell. Yesterday she was pretty grumpy and wouldnt let me stroke her but today, she seemed quite calm and a little bit more relaxed. Do you think she is likely to foal soon?x
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    07-03-2012, 08:29 AM
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Also, we don't know whether she is a maiden or not. We havent been able to track down the previous owners and so we don't know when she was covered and what by, so its all a suprise for us x
     
    07-03-2012, 10:33 AM
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My personal opinion is she is likely to foal anyday. Do you think you could get a picture of her udder once more? Also, another picture of her from the side view? If she has dropped and her vulva is the way it is, I'd say you should expect a baby anyday now.

On a second note, I just went up to the pictures after I posted that. It kinda looks like she has already dropped. She isn't sticking out very much in the sides from the back view. Everytime I see the picture of her vulva, I keep thinking she has to foal very soon.
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    07-03-2012, 10:39 AM
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Here is a website that I looked over a ton of times when my mare was still pregnant, its really informative with all the pictures.

Foaling

Foaling is a fun experience if you get a good experience the first time. Just remember, most mares do foal without problems, but there are occasions that you have to be prepared for...
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    07-03-2012, 10:48 AM
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We have no experience with foals so this help is much appreciated!
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    07-03-2012, 10:52 AM
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Her udder looks a bit bigger, but not much. I know this might sound weird, but if you haven't already you might need to start touching her udder to get her use to it. Some mares, especially maiden ones, won't appreciate the different feeling. If you don't get her use to it now, she could either not let the foal nurse or kick it. Personally, I haven't seen a horse do this in the two foals I have had born here.
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    07-03-2012, 11:35 AM
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Unfortunately no one can tell you exactly when she will foal. Mares are REALLY good at tricking you, and will foal only when they please

I'm glad you have a vet involved, so much to learn and a lot can go wrong. Make sure to head all of his/her advice and have them ready to come in case something doesn't seem right. When in doubt, ask them or call them out to help you.

That said, good luck! It should be a fun surprise seeing what the baby is. What breed is your mare? She carries the frame gene, looks overo/sabino. So just wondering.
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    07-03-2012, 12:58 PM
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I doubt very seriously, that this mare carries frame. It is not known in Gypsy Cobs, which is what she looks like, even though she has little feathering.

Did the mare come from the Kent area? If so, there are some very big Gypsy breeders in that area. She could have come from one of those.

Make sure you have everything on hand for the expected arrival. When the time is close, watch her constantly, 24/7.

Lizzie
     

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