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post #11 of 222 Old 01-13-2014, 11:48 AM
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How exciting. Our foal is now 10 months old - we were on foal watch from the end of January - our mare is 3 miles from our home - she was due on the 10th February and cooked him until the 14th March! We had 3 hourly visits for over 6 weeks, including 12am, 3am, 6am etc visits UNTIL the 14th March when my husband was ill. It was too desolate for me to go alone to where our stables are, so instead I missed the 3am visit and on the next visit, she had foaled! I think she was waiting till we gave her a bit of peace haha. An exciting (and sleepless) time ahead. Good luck :)
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post #12 of 222 Old 01-13-2014, 01:09 PM
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Well good luck and I hope everything turns out well! This waiting game sucks. Whatever you do, do NOT read the horror stories of things that can go wrong. As people keep telling me...mares usually do just fine. Just be prepared best as you can!
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Not much to update today. Don't is "cuddly" according to my mom, which Is a welcome change since she's been pretty grumpy. Vulva is more relaxed than it was a few days ago, but seems tighter than yesterday. Mom is still unable to express any milk (or fluid at all), but her udder definitely seems more "solid" than it did even 5 days ago. Today is day 331.
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Daily pictures and comparisons on our blog. (I can't post pictures on here from my phone and I'm not at my computer).

Don't I Doubt It: Day 331
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Day 332

Today Don't is still acting normally. I wish I knew what "day" she had her last foal. I know that doesn't mean much, but if I knew she didn't have it until day 370 or something I might be able to contain my excitement for a bit longer!

Don't is still eating her hay and grain, and she's in a good mood again today. The strange thing is, she didn't drink last night. (If someone could assure me that's normal, I'd appreciate it... Obviously if she continues to not drink, I'll be really concerned, but that's not too alarming, right????)

Her vulva and udder look the same today as yesterday. Her udder is filling, but no milk could be expressed yesterday (we didn't try today).

Here's a couple pictures! Not the best, but better than nothing.
Day 331 belly:


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And rather pointless udder/vulva pics from day 331:




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post #16 of 222 Old 01-14-2014, 12:08 PM
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She looks generally fat and happy xD I can't wait for baby to arrive 8D
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She looks generally fat and happy xD I can't wait for baby to arrive 8D
Thank you! I can't wait, either! She looks small to me compared to so many other peoples' mare pictures, though. Well, her belly seems small... She in general seems huge to me! Lol (She's so much bigger than our little Tennessee Walker!)
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^This is true! Some mares get HUGE o.o
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don't worry about your mare not being as bigg as others! My mare was the same way. I was always like wow she's smaller and uder developed compared to others.. but over night Boom she developed a nice udder and her volva is super relaxed and her tummy droped even more! So shell do it when her bodys ready. As for not drinking idk my mare drinks like crazy haha but every mare is diffrent!!! I am so excited that somone is a walking zombie with me, checking on our mares so much hahaha
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Dont worry about your mare not being as bigg as others! My mare was the same way. I was always like wow she's smaller and uder developed compared to others.. but over night Boom she developed a nice udder and her volva is super relaxed and her tummy droped even more! So shell do it when her bodys ready. As for not drinking idk my mare drinks like crazy haha but every mare is diffrent!!! I am so excited that somone is a walking zombie with me, checking on our mares so much hahaha
Hahaha! I can't say I'm a walking zombie YET, but I know it's coming. Since she's actually my Mom's horse, she's about 10 minutes away from me. I get an update at 2am when my mom gets home from work, at 10am when Mom wakes up, at 1pm before Mom leaves for work, and in the evening when my sister goes home. (She's also an adult, but lives with our parents)... However, as soon as we start thinking she's really close, I'll be staying at Mom's (potentially with my kids, since they don't want to miss it, either) sleeping in the barn... Then I'll officially be a walking zombie with you! Lol

Don't usually drinks almost twice as much as Gus (the Tennessee Walker), but last night she barely touched any of her two buckets of water. I'm sure it's fine, but of course I've half convinced myself that any tiny change in the way she acts means she's going to have the foal. (Note that she still barely has an udder, so I'm just being paranoid.)

I'll be at the farm tomorrow, Thursday, and Saturday (my mom can't get rid of me on her days off. Poor lady! Lol) and I can't wait. I may have to drive out tonight to check on her, just in case. My sister will be there, but she's not the most "in tune" with the animals, so I may have to go check on my own for peace of mind.

Your mare sounds like she's getting SO CLOSE! How often are you checking on her these days? Remind me what "Day" she is? I've read your thread (going there to check again in a minute), but I forget. Good luck!
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