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    01-12-2014, 04:19 PM
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Foal
My first time on foal watch! **The colt is here!**

I've been lurking, reading everyone's threads for about a month, but I didn't make an account until today. First off, thanks to everyone who is constantly giving advice/answering questions for everyone. It's been so great reading them all, and I've learned a ton!

First off, disclaimer... I will continuously refer to "Don't" as "my horse" or "our horse" etc, but she is actually my Mom's horse. Mom has a small farm where she has a whole petting zoo full of mostly rescued animals. I consider all of her animals as "mine," even though they aren't really. My kids and I practically live on her farm anytime the weather is nice, but in reality we live about 10-15 minutes away. (Just clearing up any confusion in case I go back and forth between "my horse" and "Mom's farm" etc.)

Anyway! "Don't" is a Quarterhorse/thoroughbred. She's had a colt before, but we didn't have her. This is our first time having a pregnant mare. We've had her for a few months now (Since June, maybe?) and she is due on January 24. We've had puppies, kittens, baby goats, a baby llama, and tons of other babies, but never a foal, so we're pretty excited.

Here's a belly pic from day 329:



And an udder picture from day 330 (Not much to see here)



And her vulva on day 330. (We think it looks kind of relaxed, but we never actually looked at a horse vulva before the past week or two)




We tend to get way too excited about babies and sleep in the barn for weeks, but we're trying to stay calm. We're doing our best to convince ourselves that we've still more than likely got a few weeks to go. Any opinions, advice, stories, etc are welcome!
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    01-12-2014, 04:24 PM
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Welcome to the Forum

Here is something that is very helpful for foal watch: Foaling

Each mare is different, hope everything goes smoothly with a healthy mom and foal
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    01-12-2014, 04:28 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by SunnyDraco    
Welcome to the Forum

Here is something that is very helpful for foal watch: Foaling

Each mare is different, hope everything goes smoothly with a healthy mom and foal
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Thanks so much! I actually already have that link favorited and have practically memorized it. It's my favorite of all the sites I've been looking at. That site and this forum are the only reasons I'm taking pictures of Dont's vulva! Lol (I had no clue what I was looking for before).

Thank you again for the welcome, and for the helpful link.
     
    01-12-2014, 05:09 PM
  #4
Trained
Keep us posted with pictures please, looking forward to hearing about how it all goes for you guys. It's exciting and also super stressful lol
     
    01-12-2014, 05:19 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by FGRanch    
Keep us posted with pictures please, looking forward to hearing about how it all goes for you guys. It's exciting and also super stressful lol
I'll definitely keep everyone updated! We're pretty excited... Last year I slept in the barn for about a week when our pygmy goat was due and on the one day I went home, I went back to the farm to check on her/spend the night at about 8pm and she had QUADRUPLETS!... (While I was gone, of course!) I was so upset that we all missed it, but so happy that she managed to have four babies and they were all healthy. If I miss Don't having her foal, I'll be even more upset! Lol

I started a blog for family friends who are wanting updates. You're welcome to read it if you're interested. (http://dontidoubtit.blogspot.com/) There are more pictures there because it's easier to post pictures there and I'm lazy. I'll update here also, though!
     
    01-12-2014, 05:49 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by DontIDoubtIt    
Last year I slept in the barn for about a week when our pygmy goat was due and on the one day I went home, I went back to the farm to check on her/spend the night at about 8pm and she had QUADRUPLETS!... (While I was gone, of course!) I was so upset that we all missed it, but so happy that she managed to have four babies and they were all healthy. If I miss Don't having her foal, I'll be even more upset!
Remember, foaling usually takes less than 30 minutes, so it's very easy to miss. Last spring, we were checking on our mare every 3 hours. At 4am, she looked same as usual so we figured (again), "not today". At 6am, I was making coffee and looking out the window noticed she was laying down in her "spot" next to the barn where we had put down straw. Ran out the door, and Buckshot had just been born. Of course, she picked the day after a big ran storm to have him, too.



Good luck to you and your mare.
     
    01-12-2014, 05:56 PM
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Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
Remember, foaling usually takes less than 30 minutes, so it's very easy to miss. Last spring, we were checking on our mare every 3 hours. At 4am, she looked same as usual so we figured (again), "not today". At 6am, I was making coffee and looking out the window noticed she was laying down in her "spot" next to the barn where we had put down straw. Ran out the door, and Buckshot had just been born. Of course, she picked the day after a big ran storm to have him, too.



Good luck to you and your mare.
Thank you for the reminder and advice! When we start thinking she's really close, we'll move to the barn in hopes that we won't miss it. My Mom's barn is built in two halves. One half is the horse side with three stalls for the horses/mini donkey. The other side is carpeted/heated and has a tv, cots, and a couch. As long as she gives us some warning, my mom, three kids, and I will all be in the "dog side" of the barn waiting. We'll be setting up a baby monitor (one with a camera) so that we can watch without disturbing her. I fully anticipate her randomly foaling, causing us all to miss the whole thing, but I'm hoping she doesn't do that. (My three kids are ALMOST as excited to see as my mom and I.)

Your mare and Buckshot are TOO CUTE. Love the picture!
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    01-12-2014, 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by DontIDoubtIt    
I'll definitely keep everyone updated! We're pretty excited... Last year I slept in the barn for about a week when our pygmy goat was due and on the one day I went home, I went back to the farm to check on her/spend the night at about 8pm and she had QUADRUPLETS!... (While I was gone, of course!) I was so upset that we all missed it, but so happy that she managed to have four babies and they were all healthy. If I miss Don't having her foal, I'll be even more upset! Lol

I started a blog for family friends who are wanting updates. You're welcome to read it if you're interested. (Don't I Doubt It) There are more pictures there because it's easier to post pictures there and I'm lazy. I'll update here also, though!

That's usually how it works. Last year I foaled out 8 mares, managed to see ONE of those all the way through. I live in my barn from February till May! I have ten this year and I'd like to try to see at least half of them all the way through
     
    01-12-2014, 06:41 PM
  #9
Weanling
I'll be lurking, waiting for baby photos :). Good luck with your mare.
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    01-13-2014, 02:52 AM
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Foal
I can't wait!!! My mares due soon as well ( well I hope) I haven't been sleeping, im like a walking zombie!! Hahaha Good luck and ill be waiting and checking in to see if anything's new:)
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