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post #1 of 29 Old 04-05-2010, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Mare Due and Still no Foal...Geez I am going insane!

I have an AQHA Buckskin mare that is bred to my AQHA Chestnut Stallion. The mare was bred on April 11 and 12, 2009. She was set to be due on or around March 19, 2010. And still no baby as of April 5...

I figured between extreme weather changes and moon phases, she would have popped by now. On March 19 & 20, we had a snow storm roll by, on March 23, we had some sever weather pass, and on March 30 we had a full moon.

The reason why I am so frustrated is because this is a maden mare and her first foal. In the past I have been unlucky with a couple of first foals and lost them due to some complication or another reason. Weather and health were all good, but nature did not agree with us.

Two weeks ago, I could feel the baby jump and kick. Now the mare has dropped more, but all I hear is the swishin and whirling sound of liquid in the belly. Her bag seems to be developing more, and she has dropped more.

I have been around all types of livestock and raise, hogs, sheep, cattle, and horses. I am so use to a sow (hog) going within 2-3 days of her due date and a ewe (sheep) being within in a week, but horses are different. This difference I don't agree with... why can't science and nature agree for once....as to mare's being due around 340 -350 days.

I will post current pictures of the mare this afternoon, unless I get a baby between now and then.
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post #2 of 29 Old 04-05-2010, 02:57 PM
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I have an AQHA Buckskin mare that is bred to my AQHA Chestnut Stallion. The mare was bred on April 11 and 12, 2009. She was set to be due on or around March 19, 2010. And still no baby as of April 5...

I figured between extreme weather changes and moon phases, she would have popped by now. On March 19 & 20, we had a snow storm roll by, on March 23, we had some sever weather pass, and on March 30 we had a full moon.

The reason why I am so frustrated is because this is a maden mare and her first foal. In the past I have been unlucky with a couple of first foals and lost them due to some complication or another reason. Weather and health were all good, but nature did not agree with us.

Two weeks ago, I could feel the baby jump and kick. Now the mare has dropped more, but all I hear is the swishin and whirling sound of liquid in the belly. Her bag seems to be developing more, and she has dropped more.

I have been around all types of livestock and raise, hogs, sheep, cattle, and horses. I am so use to a sow (hog) going within 2-3 days of her due date and a ewe (sheep) being within in a week, but horses are different. This difference I don't agree with... why can't science and nature agree for once....as to mare's being due around 340 -350 days.

I will post current pictures of the mare this afternoon, unless I get a baby between now and then.

Gosh I feel your pain!! My mare was due March 17th, she ended up going 360 days and just foaled last night. When it gets this far out you just want to pull your hair out. I don't have any advise to offer, but I know what you are feeling!


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post #3 of 29 Old 04-05-2010, 03:31 PM
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well I hope you get a baby soon
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post #4 of 29 Old 04-05-2010, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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First two photos were taken about 3 weeks ago (March 16). Next 3 photos were taken yesterday (April 4). Udder photos First one was taken yesterday, the last one was taken today.
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post #5 of 29 Old 04-06-2010, 06:57 AM
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well she is a very pretty girl. And i'm not to good as my mare foaled a month after I expected she would. But she will have it when she is ready. As she is maiden I would definitely do some nightly checks. That's what I did. All mares are different and she will foal when she feels she is ready. As long as she doesn't go over 380 days I wouldn't worry TOO much.

my schedule was
Graining & check at 6am
Mom would check around 12pm
Graining and check at 6pm
Nightly check and bring more water at 11pm
And again at 1-3am

I end up catching her foal at 8pm


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post #6 of 29 Old 04-08-2010, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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Well, today is April 8th and I am still waiting. I have been checking her every day at the same time. Today I checked her and got her up close now. I checked her udder and got a small squirt of clear liquid. Does this mean that she is going to go tonight????????? No actual milk yet.

Temps are dropping to near 38 degrees.
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Normally they will have white milk the day they are going to foal, but I don't know much about foaling. Sorry, I hope she goes soon.
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Well, today is April 8th and I am still waiting. I have been checking her every day at the same time. Today I checked her and got her up close now. I checked her udder and got a small squirt of clear liquid. Does this mean that she is going to go tonight????????? No actual milk yet.

Temps are dropping to near 38 degrees.
No. Possible, but not something to stress over. My mare had a "mostly" full udder, more than the pics of your girl, and yellow fluid in her udder from January 28th, she just finally foaled on April 5th.

Your mare also doesn't look relaxed around her tailhead yet, usually an indication the baby will be in the next two weeks, but not always, again it wasn't with my mare, she was relaxed for months! The best indication, in my mares case, was the milk tests. Worth doing, in my opinion. My mare made the jump from 220 Calcium to 1000 calcium 24 hrs before she foaled, and her milk, though it had gone from the yellow clear stuff to white and thin/runny about a month before, turned very thick and syrupy, and almost blue tinged. I have a lot of pictures I posted while waiting for my mare to foal on the thread Foaling Q's If you click through to the last few pages, I have pictures of her udder/vulva posted 24 and 2 hours before she foaled.

That being said, it's always better to be prepared, so still keep checking her! Good luck!


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post #9 of 29 Old 04-08-2010, 11:27 PM
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I know how you feel, my mares we always late.

BTW I was due to have my human baby on April 5th and I am still waiting...lol
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post #10 of 29 Old 04-10-2010, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Sigh... Getting Closer? She has fluid filled in the udder. You can bearly squeeze the teets and they will squirt clear yellish liquid.

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