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    06-21-2009, 08:49 PM
Try squezing (sp?) from the top and rolling your fingers down toward the teat. If her bag is full then you should be able to get something. I could do it with Storm when I found out she was preggers about 2 months ago. Do you know how to milk a cow? You do the same with horses.

Good luck!
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    06-22-2009, 09:59 AM
OH YEA! My mare is also having her first foal. {First foal for both of us.} I am forever checking her bags ect. She is due in late july. Poor girl. It's going to be so hot. Is there anything I can do to help her thru this heat spell we're about to get? 90s plus high humidity. I didn't consider this when I bred her. Shame on me!!!
    06-22-2009, 10:23 AM
I try to hose her down afternoon/evening and plenty of water. Technically mine is supposed to go in late July, but I don't think she will wait that long. Not by her bags anyway.
    06-22-2009, 01:13 PM
I have one due in August, which in Az is HORRIBLE! So I feel your pain. Wasn't planned for that late a foal...

Anyhow, foal will be kept in totally covered stall during the day, because they have trouble regulating their temp at first. I know someone who's new mini donk foal died from laying out in the sun, even though there was plenty of shade the foal could've laid in.

Of course make sure plenty of water.

We're probably going to set up a misting system over the stall, you can get little ones cheap, they just hook up to your hose. We also hose off the horses once or twice during the day in the summer, regardless of foals. Could also use a fan. Turn out early morning, evening, or nights.
    06-22-2009, 01:27 PM
Thanks for reminding me of the misting system, I may just go get one for my mare can't hurt. Poor girl, she is glad to be up by the barn though and able to come in the stall. Normally they are kept in pasture (of course they have trees there, but they don't spend much time under them.)
    06-22-2009, 03:52 PM
Here are some new pics just taken... look at her utters!
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    06-22-2009, 10:00 PM
Another udder question...
Tried 'milking' again tonight. Her udders have been really hard, and if I squeeze, she doesn't like it. Are they supposed to be hard?
    06-22-2009, 10:26 PM
Storm's are hard. I can't really explain how to do it.

But you might want to keep working with her and get her use to them being handled. So she want be upset when the foal nurses.
    06-25-2009, 12:16 AM
Originally Posted by cayuseranch    
Just went up to check Lakota, and there are these two soft lumps on her belly above her udders. They are soft almost like they are gel or liquid. Hard to tell in the pictures. Is this supposed to happen?
Posting this here as well as foal watch, hoping to get an answer...
    06-25-2009, 03:49 AM
^^^ Yup, that's edema, very common :) My one mare, Ruby, gets it pretty early in her pregnancies, and it's on the entire belly!

I think her udders will fill up more. As she gets closer/fuller, it'll be easier to milk them. But here's my experience:

I could never really get milk out. Usually when I did, it was only a drop or two, and within the week of foaling. My last foal was a dummy foal, he couldn't figure out how to nurse. So I tried milking my mare to try to bottle feed him, but could barely get anything out. When my vet got here, she milked her, no problems. I told her I had problems getting milk, so she showed me how, and wallah! I got milk! I don't think I could explain how... I've read explanations, but that never worked, I had to be shown. Sorry!

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