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post #1 of 3 Old 04-11-2010, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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How reliable are the signs, or when do they develope...

So as some of you may know, I am expecting my first ever foal. I found out a couple of weeks ago that a Foxtrotter mare I bought at the end of last October is in foal!

As I am super excited (probably an understatement, lol!). I have been reading everything I can get my hands on about foals and foaling. I have several books coming from Amazon but they haven't arrived yet!

Anyway, I keep seeing it mentioned that the relaxed, elongated vulva is a sign of foaling getting close, but my mare's vulva looks loose and long and she is only supposed to be about 6 months along. I wish I had paid more attention to how it looked before, but before I found out she was in foal, I never really had reason to study it. But she is definitely not puckered or tight looking. For instance, on this webpage, her vulva looks like the black mare on step #3. Foalingsigns

Could it be because she was used as a broodmare before? She has had two other foals that I know of, but I bet she has had a lot more, because she also has large nipples that almost make her look masculine. And a big baby belly that I was told never goes away.

I also noticed today that she has some veins coming away from the nipples that I never noticed before. I'm sure they have always been there, but I just never actually noticed them before, so I am wondering if they are getting larger.

Will a mare get these signs only 6 months into her pregnancy? (I can get photos if anyone is interested).


PS. If she were farther along I would be tickled pink, but my vet thought she was about 6 months along when he palpated.

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I've had open, never-been-bred mares who've looked elongated, I think some mares are just that way! ;)
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Thank you! I'm sure I just look and worry too much!

I ordered one of the books you recommended (I think you were the one who recommended the foaling books to me in another post), plus a couple of others including one on imprinting, and they should be here tomorrow. I am going to read, read, read!!!
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