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post #1 of 16 Old 03-07-2012, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Mini maiden mare foaling signs.

Hi, I am new at this site and would like to get some information on foaling. I have a minature pony who is supposed to be due at anytime. We never got a breeding date so the vet is just going by signs. Today she hasnt drank or eat and is laying down, pawing, and then getting up again. She also has really loose stools. Last week she had a similar event happen and was given fluids and pain medicine. The vet thought that the baby was causing stress on her. The way she is acting today is similar except she has diarrhea and pawing a lot more. Her udders are larger today and her vulva is very swelled and long. The color of her milk is yellow. Is it possible that she is going into labor or is this colic or something? This is the first horse I have ever owned so I am very new to this. I am very worried something bad is wrong with her.
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post #2 of 16 Old 03-07-2012, 11:17 PM
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A mare could act with colic like symptoms when they are in early stages of labor. They can also get antsy and upset if baby is in a bad position and are trying to get the kid to move to something more comfortable. Do you have any pictures? Keep us posted
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Ok. Thanks! Yes, I have a few pics that I will try to post .. How long does the incomfortable part last? This is so scary! I'm back and forth from barn.. I will try to check back soon to see if I have a reply... Thanks again
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As long as baby is irritating mom. Kind of how it goes. Babies move into bad positions that just don't feel good to mom. Nothing you can do but wait as all sanity flies out the door. She may keep doing this for longer than anyone can keep sane

Mares and foals have their own idea of when they are ready and all us humans can do is wait. Best thing to help mom is to give her peace and quiet, otherwise she is likely to hold off labor. Let her relax and feel at ease. Checking too frequently can stress her out, so every few hours at the most. This is where foaling cameras come in very handy so you are less likely to miss the big event
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My mare Molly died

THis is so hard to type, im so upset that I cant breathe. My mare died. Idk what happened or why. She was pacing, not drinking nor eating. Her temp was 104. I called vet to come out but he said to just watch her that it was prob baby causing stress. My vet was coming back today to run IV's if needed. This was my first little horse that I have ever owned in my life! I have never went through anything so horrific. It's like loosing a family member.
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Oh no! I am so sorry. Have you called the vet to find out what may have gone wrong? I am sending prayers your way.
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Oh Mindy I am so very sorry to hear that! Many hugs to you and i hope that maybe your vet can give you answers. It is so hard when a mare is in foal, but especially so with the little guys...
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I'm so sorry to hear this. Was she actually foaling when she died? Minis are notorious for having foaling issues. Were you there when she died?

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The baby was turned wrong and the cord was twisted. I was gone 20min at the most! Then came back and she died:( Im so devasted, this is like loosing a family member. She was my best friend. I never dreamed id loose her! The baby looked like her:(
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I'm so sorry. With Minis, it is an absolute must, to have them on camera or to have family members take turns in staying with them 24/7, if they are looking like foaling. Actually, we do this with all mares about to foal, Minis or not.

Even very experienced Mini breeders, lose foals occasionally, so you must not feel it is all your fault. Minis are just notoriously difficult to foal.

Was she particularly small?

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