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    04-01-2012, 02:21 AM
  #81
Weanling
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Originally Posted by TbLover    
Were not saying she won't be able to have it herself. Minis are just more prone to foal getting stuck and breach babies. Your risking the life of the mare and foal by not getting properly educated on issues that could arise. Best of luck to your mare and foal.
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No no I understand that. Ha ha. I didn't mean it that way, that was just her opinion and I thought I would put it on here! Yes, I am still doing research on all of the possible problems and how to deal with them. Thank you, I hope she delivers a happy, healthy baby! Now, what is the first step in training I should do with the foal?
     
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    04-01-2012, 02:37 AM
  #82
Weanling
I leave the foals alone for the most part. Just pet and love them and touch them all over daily if possible. The sooner you get them use to the normal daily tasks the easier the while thing is not only for you but the foal once they get older. A strong foundation is key. IMO. I halter break them first (just let them get use to something on there face and head) don't tug them around or anything. But I usually give mom and baby a few days to bond before doing to much, like I said the daily touching to me is the first step.
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    04-01-2012, 11:25 AM
  #83
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You can research a lot online. And do a search on this forum for the thread "foaling tips"

Here is another foaling signs link for you Foalingsigns

Judging from your pictures she has a while. Most of my Miniature Horses were like clockwork between 330 and 340 days. They all were kind enough to very visibly DROP like this, twelve or so hours prior to foaling so I never missed a brith. This mare foaled three hours later. (Sorry, huge picture)



Now, when the baby is born what is the first thing in training I should do?

You'll get very different opinions, to each their own. Again, you can do a lot of research online or in buying a good book. A lot of people do not over handle their babies, they give them a while to grow up. I prefer to get them used to being handled and haltered sooner.
     
    04-01-2012, 12:08 PM
  #84
Weanling
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Originally Posted by TbLover    
I leave the foals alone for the most part. Just pet and love them and touch them all over daily if possible. The sooner you get them use to the normal daily tasks the easier the while thing is not only for you but the foal once they get older. A strong foundation is key. IMO. I halter break them first (just let them get use to something on there face and head) don't tug them around or anything. But I usually give mom and baby a few days to bond before doing to much, like I said the daily touching to me is the first step.
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Ok that makes sense. I was taught to wrap the leade rope around the butt and back around to te person leading to teach them to lead. Do you think this is a good way?
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    04-01-2012, 12:11 PM
  #85
Weanling
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Originally Posted by New_image    
You can research a lot online. And do a search on this forum for the thread "foaling tips"

Here is another foaling signs link for you Foalingsigns

Judging from your pictures she has a while. Most of my Miniature Horses were like clockwork between 330 and 340 days. They all were kind enough to very visibly DROP like this, twelve or so hours prior to foaling so I never missed a brith. This mare foaled three hours later. (Sorry, huge picture)



Now, when the baby is born what is the first thing in training I should do?

You'll get very different opinions, to each their own. Again, you can do a lot of research online or in buying a good book. A lot of people do not over handle their babies, they give them a while to grow up. I prefer to get them used to being handled and haltered sooner.
Yeah I would think that handling them and halter breaking them right away would make sense, because they grow up fast and pretty soon it gets harder because they get bigger. Thank you so much for the advise! Do you have any pictures of a mini mare 300 days in foal?
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    04-01-2012, 01:44 PM
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Looks like things are getting close now. Since she's foaled before, she will probably foal about the same time again.

Many long-time breeders, again lost Mini foals this year. Some lost mare and foal. Keep an eye on her all the time - day and night. These little ones do have many foaling problems.

I wouldn't put her and the foal in with Donkeys at all. I've heard of too many Donks killing babies. Donkeys are very prone to guarding their area and they often think a foal is an intruder.

Lizzie
     
    04-01-2012, 04:09 PM
  #87
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More old scans so they're large and not great quality but... This is that same mare at 290 days,


She was a grade Shetland that came in foal, so a little larger.

These two are B size mini sisters around 300-315 days.


B size Miniature mare 290-300 days

     
    04-01-2012, 08:25 PM
  #88
Foal
I think she should be ok outside still with supervision as long as the weather is nice. When you think she is getting very close I would bring her inside and let her outside for short turnouts.
     
    04-01-2012, 08:26 PM
  #89
Foal
Have you noticed any change in her rump and vulva loosening or any changes to how she is carrying?
     
    04-01-2012, 08:40 PM
  #90
Weanling
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Originally Posted by FeatheredFeet    
Looks like things are getting close now. Since she's foaled before, she will probably foal about the same time again.

Many long-time breeders, again lost Mini foals this year. Some lost mare and foal. Keep an eye on her all the time - day and night. These little ones do have many foaling problems.

I wouldn't put her and the foal in with Donkeys at all. I've heard of too many Donks killing babies. Donkeys are very prone to guarding their area and they often think a foal is an intruder.

Lizzie
Oh my gosh I would have never really thought of that! You probably just saved my foal! Ha ha. Yeah we r putting up a seperate fence for jasmine and the baby! I know our donkeys don't like dogs and sometimes aren't find of very small kids 2-4 years old so we will for sure put her in at night and in her own pen during the day!
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