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    03-18-2009, 02:34 PM
Unhappy I am getting restless!

So, I have an appaloosa mare due to foal soon....well actually she was due a few days ago. We think this is her first baby, but we aren't entirely sure. She was showing all the signs of imminent labor, and then she lost them all. She's playing tricks with us!! AH!! Other than the bagging up, tail head relaxing, and her sides sinking in, Does anyone know any more little things that she could do to warn us that she's about to have the baby?
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    03-18-2009, 02:45 PM
Just before she foals (day or two at the most usually) she will get wax on her nipples and she may drip milk. She will also get more restless and start pacing as she goes into labor and will bite at her sides and maybe kick at her belly. Of course every mare is different and some show all the signs and others show hardly none. But one thing I must warn you - mares about to foal are the most frustating creatures on the planet! Lol! I've lost tons of sleep watching mares for a week or two before foaling and then they go and foal, just when you leave or something. I have found the most reliable signs is when they wax and drip milk. All the mares I have watched have foaled within 12-48 hours of doing that. Be sure to post pics when she does foal!
    03-18-2009, 03:21 PM
I will. and I know what you mean. I've been watching her for the past week. And still no baby. :(

she's a leopard and was bred to a dark brown snowflake appaloosa. I have no idea of the color patterns we could get. Here's a couple pics of her. Not too great...it was raining when I took them. 100_1458.jpg

    03-18-2009, 03:44 PM
Oh, what a pretty mare! She's going to have a gorgeous foal I'm sure! Hope she gives you that foal soon. She can't hold onto it forever, that's the nice thing!
    03-18-2009, 05:17 PM
I have a mare due soon also. And she's technically 5 days overdue (even though there aren't really due dates). No bags or milk yet. Bleh. Im so excited though! Keep us updated.
    03-18-2009, 07:10 PM
Equus_girl - thanks! I'm glad she can't hold it in forever....cause she might. Lol

JsJ204 - I will. Keep us updated on yours too!
    03-18-2009, 09:36 PM
Want her to foal? Quit watching her. Go into town. Go take a nap....etc. Works everytime.
    03-19-2009, 12:05 AM
Lol Thanks for the advice. I know your right. :) I'm kinda wondering if she'll have it tonight...which worries me cause 1) its going to rain and 2) the coyotes are on the move......
    03-19-2009, 01:32 AM
Haha, I was kind of joking. But seriously, they ALWAYS foal when they think you aren't looking. Ask my friends who work on the billion dollar Thoroughbred farms on foal watch. The really expensive mares wait until you go down the road to check on mares in another barn, and then have problems. Yikes.

Is she on your farm? Heck, if she is, and you are really worried about her, do what I do. Grab your shotgun and your flashlight, call your dog(s), and trek out into the fields every couple of hours to check on her.

I have pulled many all nighters on manual foal watch. Because they also like to show every sign of imminent foaling and...not foal when I am checking. LOL Darn broodmares!
    03-19-2009, 01:39 AM
I know what you mean by coyotes. I heard them yapping all around last night I think they can smell a mare about to go into labor. That worries me bc im checking on my mare every couple hours all throughout the night. You never know were one may be.

I have a mare who I thought was going to foal two days ago. She already waxed, flanks sunk in kinda, swelling, and she walks with her back feet pointing out. She doesn't seem to be stressed since she's just out there now eating nonstop. I hope to see a baby in tha morning.

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