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post #1 of 25 Old 05-28-2011, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
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The joys of foal watch...

I as come in this morning... the tenth of a long series... with bloodshot eyes, my jaw sore from yawning, scratching yet another mosquito bite and grumbling under my breath at the huge mare so ready to pop yet squeezing her legs together and refusing to do so I thought....

I'd love to hear some tales from my fellow foal watch sufferers...

Mare: Wren.. Breed: TB... Day 334... been waxing now consistenly for 6 days. Last night she had wax also so I was sure the time had finally arrived. She paced, she pushed up against the walls, she moaned and groaned... all until 3 o'clock. Then she decided she was tired and fell asleep... and stayed asleep.

I sit here thinking to myself... you know you're going to have to do this five times next year....... what have I gotten myself into
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post #2 of 25 Old 05-29-2011, 04:47 AM
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It's so good to know there are others out there going through the same as me!! Day 350 and counting!!! I've forgotten how many nights I've been watching now.

This is my mare's second foal (first since I've owned her) and she's decided to keep me waiting as long as possible. If all goes well I'm not doing this again as I'm breeding a foal for myself to raise....I just want a good night's sleep!
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post #3 of 25 Old 05-29-2011, 08:29 PM
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For the sake of sanity, I strongly suggest getting a milk testing kit. Calcium in the milk sky rockets about 24-48 hours before birth so testing a few drops of milk each day will tell you if she is close or if you can sleep. You can use the expensive kits or use water hardness strips from home depot both test for calcium. They are really very accurate and in using them for over 40 foalings I have only had 2 mares hold out one extra day past what the test said. Even then 3 days of no sleep is way better than a week or more of no sleep
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post #4 of 25 Old 05-29-2011, 08:49 PM
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omg poor you lol, but just think of the joy you will have once she does drop the foal, and by joy I mean sleeeeeeeep!
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post #5 of 25 Old 05-29-2011, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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For the sake of sanity, I strongly suggest getting a milk testing kit. Calcium in the milk sky rockets about 24-48 hours before birth so testing a few drops of milk each day will tell you if she is close or if you can sleep. You can use the expensive kits or use water hardness strips from home depot both test for calcium. They are really very accurate and in using them for over 40 foalings I have only had 2 mares hold out one extra day past what the test said. Even then 3 days of no sleep is way better than a week or more of no sleep
I'll have to look into that... still no foal today.
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post #6 of 25 Old 05-30-2011, 04:21 AM
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Lol yes I will be like that next year for 2 lots can't say I'm excited about the lack of sleep or stress but certainly excited for the babies that the lack of sleep and stress equal lol! Nice to know about the tests I will have to look into those too.
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post #7 of 25 Old 05-30-2011, 04:50 AM
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Like you Crossover....still no foal for me today either. Day 351 and counting!

You're right Masquerade, I think my sanity is at stake here - I'll have to look into those testing kits too. It's a public holiday here in the UK today, so I'll have to wait until the vets are open tomorrow - maybe my mare will surprise me tonight!!
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post #8 of 25 Old 05-30-2011, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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- maybe my mare will surprise me tonight!!
I think we just keep telling ourselves that in hopes it will happen
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post #9 of 25 Old 05-30-2011, 12:16 PM
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See if you give your mares Foaling for dummies book you will not have to go through all that. I did that with my one mares and I have yet to have more then a few hours if that of foal watch. Has worked wonders. I have ordered several more copies.

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post #10 of 25 Old 05-30-2011, 12:29 PM
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Love that. Just hold out you two. they will deliver the foals soon enough. Just be patient. I had foal watch in 09' and I watched and slept in my barn for over a month. My mare went 389 days. Hopefully yours will go soon.

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