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    03-06-2012, 04:04 PM
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I think my mare needs induced labor ? XD

I bought my mare April 25 of 2011. She was unknowingly pregnant. Got her vet checked in July and the vet gave a rough estimate that she was 4 to six months along. That was July 14. Well, 8 months later there's no baby! She's been sacked up for 2 or 3 weeks now, her muscles are fully relaxed and the baby is very actively moving in her stomach.
Here is a picture:

Now, I'm contemplating getting the vet back out. She's overdue and we have people waiting on the foal. I'm not sure if she's maiden or not. Just wanting some opinions from others: Should I get him out?

Here's a picture of the poor thing:
     
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    03-06-2012, 04:06 PM
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Weanling
Whoa, yeah, I would definitely get the vet out or at least call and talk to him. Either his original estimate was way off, or your poor mare is wayyy overdue.
     
    03-06-2012, 04:11 PM
  #3
Started
I would get the vet out but I was told just this weekend not to induce labor without absolute reason. Maybe the date is off. It looks like she dropped the baby and if her muscles are relaxed it shouldn't be too long. How is her bag? Is she giving milk? Wax? Do you have pictures? Maybe that would help.
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    03-06-2012, 04:17 PM
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Now, I'm contemplating getting the vet back out. She's overdue and we have people waiting on the foal. [QUOTE]

This is why she hasn't had it yet.

Here is what you do.... Make a bunch of ruckus around the barn like you are packing to go on a trip or to a show. Make sure to talk real loud how you will be away for at least a whole day, if not two and how no one will around so the mamma had better not have her baby while you are away.

Throw some tack in the car/truck, toss in an overnight bag, lock up the house and barn and get in to your car/truck. Then slowly drive out the driveway lamenting out the open window how you sure hope she waits until you return to deliver the foal.
Go park at a neighbor's house then sneak home and spy on her. Sure 'nuf, she will have her baby.
It's written in the code book every horse is given as a foal on how to fool humans and give them grey hair.

Seriously though, the vet's estimate was just that, especially since it sounds like the breeding wasn't witnessed. Call the vet out again for sure, but chances are everything is ok.
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    03-06-2012, 04:31 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Lockwood    
This is why she hasn't had it yet.

Here is what you do.... Make a bunch of ruckus around the barn like you are packing to go on a trip or to a show. Make sure to talk real loud how you will be away for at least a whole day, if not two and how no one will around so the mamma had better not have her baby while you are away.

Throw some tack in the car/truck, toss in an overnight bag, lock up the house and barn and get in to your car/truck. Then slowly drive out the driveway lamenting out the open window how you sure hope she waits until you return to deliver the foal.
Go park at a neighbor's house then sneak home and spy on her. Sure 'nuf, she will have her baby.
It's written in the code book every horse is given as a foal on how to fool humans and give them grey hair.

Seriously though, the vet's estimate was just that, especially since it sounds like the breeding wasn't witnessed. Call the vet out again for sure, but chances are everything is ok.
This made me giggle! I can just imagine doing that, and the mare being like, "Annnnddd, bombs away!" the second you disappear down the road!
     
    03-06-2012, 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Kayella    
This made me giggle! I can just imagine doing that, and the mare being like, "Annnnddd, bombs away!" the second you disappear down the road!
Yup.
LOL.
Oldest trick in the book.... trust me.
     
    03-06-2012, 07:14 PM
  #7
Showing
Often when she is real close her right side will bulge noticeably more than the other side. The vet can only give an approx time, very difficult to give a difinitive date without being there when she was bred.
     
    03-06-2012, 07:25 PM
  #8
Weanling
Leave her be. She looks content. If she shows signs of distress call a vet but the estimate was just that, and estimate. She will foal when she is ready. Be patient; check her often for waxing, filled up bag etc, and for sure...she will sneak it in when you arent looking. The joys of foaling.
     
    03-06-2012, 07:31 PM
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Green Broke
Even if you knew her "due date" she would not be overdue because mare's don't have a set gestation period like humans. They can go a full year and still be in the normal range (if memory serves me correct).

Inducing is not something done lightly with mares because the foal is born when it is fully ready to be born and it is not an exact number of days. So I believe the foal's developement determines the due date, not the date the mare was bred.

So having the vet out is always a good thing if you are concerned. But I doubt he will tell you she is "overdue."

PS. You have people waiting on the foal and he/she's not even born yet?
     
    03-06-2012, 07:35 PM
  #10
Green Broke
I had a pony mare go 365 days from her breeding-talk about making me a nervous wreck!
     

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