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    06-17-2009, 09:06 PM
I watched one of my mares for nearly a month - we had a routine 3 - 4 times a day of how I would check her, she fooled me many times, then the day it happened, she didn't look any different, except ... the insides of her back legs were wet... wth? She had started spraying milk down her legs. That's how I KNEW she was going to have it that night. And, she did. I have pics somewhere of Trixie, half in her mom, and trying to throw her front legs out to stand. WILD.
Every one is different, and every pregnancy & delivery is different. There are tons of things to look for, you may see some, you may see all or none at all. Just have to wait and watch, and cross your fingers.
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    06-17-2009, 09:45 PM
QTS, I bet that would be a great picture. Make sure to post it if you run across it.

I think my biggest fear is that we will miss it and something will happen that could have been prevented if I was there. We both work and some days we could be absent for 8 + hours. You would think that with 4 "kids" living with us we would have back up...but I have a better chance of seeing the foal than them ;p So I am seriously considering mare stare.

This evening...checked vulva, kind of scared me, as soon as I lifted the tail it winked at me! But then went back to normal. I would guess it was about 5 inches long. Teats slack, hind end the same..

Oh, but I finished my foaling kit and it is in the barn.
    06-17-2009, 10:36 PM
Just before foaling her hind end and tail area will be very soft. After rasing close to 20 foals, that is the only thing that has happened with every mare that I have had! LOL

Her bag looks rather full from the picture and if I had to guess from that picture I would say 3-4 weeks away yet. But you just never can tell.

Even if you hand breed mares, it such a guessing game with them. They don't have "due dates" and simply foal with their body and the foal are ready.
    06-17-2009, 11:06 PM
Well the little floozie aka hoodini only snuck into the pasture with the stud one time and that was aug 18th of last year. So that would put her due July 27.

And her tail end is softer than our other mares. But I don't know how soft it will get. Someone said like spaghetti in the tail and jelly on the that is what I am looking for...not quite that soft yet
    06-18-2009, 10:54 AM
Well, if you're nervous, it sure wouldn't hurt to put her on marestare. Some of the folks on here have had good luck with it, so why not?

Little floozie - too funny. They can be sneaky like that LOL! Like teenage girls gone wild ... 'shut up, I'll do what I want!' LOL!!!
    06-18-2009, 06:24 PM
Another question.....

While visiting mare stare, one owner said she was worried about 'red bag' because the mare was in pasture so late and there was fescue grass. So now I have read all over about this...

One website stated..."Exposure of late pregnant mares to fescue grass can also result in a thickened placenta at foaling"

If Lakota is about 3 - 4 weeks from delivery, and she has been pastured till now (Not sure if there is fescue, but there could be) that puts her in the late stage right?

I know that they type of horse she is makes a difference as well. She is a rescue horse and of course doesn't have papers, my guess is that she is a cross between a gated horse and a quarter horse. She has a gaited trot. But she is also technically pony size. 14'1. And while we are talking about size, have I mentioned that my stud if 15'1? Im a little worried that the foal will be too big for her. (Remember, it was not planned for this mare to get impregnated by him)

Ugh...I hope I survive the stress of waiting!
    06-18-2009, 06:54 PM
Yes, that does put her in the late stage. Look up pictures of fescue to see if you have it in your pasture. It also depends on where you live whether or not it'll be in your pasture. I can't remember where it does and doesn't grow right now. Sorry.
    06-18-2009, 11:24 PM
She is in the late stage (last trimester)Don't worry too much right now about baby being too big. I don't think that's enough of a genetic height difference to be an issue - remember, there are some folks out there that cross saddle horses with drafts, and there is generally not a problem there. I would worry about the baby being too big if mom was FAT on top of pregnant. Same thing happens with people LOL.
I agree about the fescue - look up what it looks like, and see if you can find a distribution or range map to see if it is common in your area.
Oh, and relax. Just a little. Odds are she will be fine.
    06-20-2009, 04:40 AM
Went and did my final check on her about 2:30 am. It is interesting to see the changes in her when she is resting. She udders are huge! No wax. In fact I wanted to see if I could get some milk out so that I could try Sliding4ever's test, but still no milk. Is that common?

I am thinking I probably have another week maybe two. Ugh.

Maybe for the foals birthday we will celebrate with fireworks ;p
    06-21-2009, 07:17 PM
Well her utter stayed full all day long today, but she still doesn't have milk. At least not that I know of, I've never milked anything. She stayed in the shade most of the day, poor girl 10+ months pregnant and 95 degrees.

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