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  • My pregnant mare is 370 days her udder is empty during the day and full at night
  • What if i can't express milk from foaling mare

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    01-14-2014, 03:41 PM
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My mare is anywere from 365-370!! Vet said if she's showing signs of progress she should be fine that some mares go to 375. Ya I've been getting up every 2 hours for the past almost two months hahah now I get up every other hour. My mare is some what of a drama queen she acts like she's in foal every night hahaha but now I know its just her sleeping haha she just developed an udder 2 nights ago! Im hoping she has it soon!! Im sooo tierd and need sleep haha
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    01-14-2014, 03:51 PM
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My mare is anywere from 365-370!! Vet said if she's showing signs of progress she should be fine that some mares go to 375. Ya I've been getting up every 2 hours for the past almost two months hahah now I get up every other hour. My mare is some what of a drama queen she acts like she's in foal every night hahaha but now I know its just her sleeping haha she just developed an udder 2 nights ago! Im hoping she has it soon!! Im sooo tierd and need sleep haha
Bah! I'm so excited for you, but I feel so sorry for you! If Don't goes that long (She totally will), I will be going NUTS! We lost two horses in the past year (it was a REALLY hard year for our family... Everything kept dying!), and I was not at all excited about Don't. (Her registered name is "Shadow," but we renamed her... It's short for Don't break a leg. Don't get bit by a snake. Don't get sick, and Don't die.... We're odd.) The only reason I let myself get excited after such horrible luck was because she was pregnant. Since we got her, I've come to love her, of course, but at first I really didn't want her. If anything goes wrong with this foal, or if something happens to HER, I don't think I'll ever want anything to do with horses again. I NEED this pregnancy/foaling to go smoothly, and I'll surely go crazy by day 350.
     
    01-14-2014, 03:57 PM
  #23
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Ya I understand. Im stressed out to cause I just want everything to go smothly as well. And ya I thought my mare was not going to bag up before she foaled so I spemt a lot of sleepless night checking on her. I wish I knew that eventually she was going to turn out like every other mare hahah and ya im exhausted! I can not believe she's went this long! I hope your mare foals around 340 days. So you arnt going crazy like I am hahaha I will pray that all goes well for your mare:)
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    01-16-2014, 11:47 AM
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Yesterday Don't was a sweetie. Mom washed her udder while I held her (she's been a bit kicky lately, so thankfully Mom doesn't attempt stuff like that on her own!) and she behaved very well. She pretended to kick Mom once, but then she went into crazy, passive, I'm sorry mode. AND I know most of you have seen/felt your foals kick from much earlier, but this girl would NOT cooperate! I felt the baby move once about a month ago, and we've seen it move, but until yesterday every single time we put a hand on Dont's belly, the baby stopped and stayed entirely still. Yesterday was different!

We saw her belly rolling all over, and I put my hand on it (Don't raised her leg to warn me that I'd better pet her while I was feeling the baby... I was on her bad side where she's had a previous leg injury before we got her and she's touchy over there, but as soon as I started petting her she stood and behaved again). I barely felt the baby move, but I SAW the baby kick big time about a foot in front of my hand. I started laughing and called Mom over and she started watching. There was another smaller kick, but Mom couldn't see it around my giant, poofy coat sleeve. I told her to put her hand right where I'd seen the kick twice, and after about 15 seconds, another HUGE kick, right under her hand. We were incredibly excited! I thought for sure that baby was going to make me look like a liar, but she cooperated! (She's a filly. I don't know why, but she just is. Lol... I've been calling her "her" for months).

Nothing else to report, really. That was day 333. Barely any udder to speak of, can't express milk... Vulva looks like she sewed it shut in the past week. Lol

I'm heading over to Mom's soon to go give Don't some attention and work with her on this whole "I want to pretend I'm going to kick you" thing.
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    01-18-2014, 07:14 PM
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OMG I totally forgot about this thread :( I was to caught up in my lil filly!! Sooooo how is momma???? Oh and my mare gave no sign that she was going to foal! No wax, no milk driping, her volva was just as relaxed as it was a week prior! Her bag was not even full all the way! Has your mares bag gotten any bigger? And don't you just love when the baby moves:))) I sure did!
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    01-19-2014, 12:29 AM
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OMG I totally forgot about this thread :( I was to caught up in my lil filly!! Sooooo how is momma???? Oh and my mare gave no sign that she was going to foal! No wax, no milk driping, her volva was just as relaxed as it was a week prior! Her bag was not even full all the way! Has your mares bag gotten any bigger? And don't you just love when the baby moves:))) I sure did!
Aww thanks for checking in on us! Don't is doing great. She's SUPER grumpy towards Gus (gelding Tennessee Walker) and Jack (gelded donkey), but she's been super sweet to me. I spent all day at the farm today, most of which was spent with her. I brushed her for about an hour Thursday and again today. The only thing I didn't do was re-braid her tail because my Mom was busy and didn't want me doing that without her in the stall with us. (I don't THINK Don't would kick for that, but as I've said before, she's been a little kicky, and it's not worth the risk.)

Her udder is not full, but it's not empty, either. Mom tried to express milk on Thursday and got nothing. I didn't try today. I just took my daily picture and didn't press my luck. (My hands were cold... lol That's a sure-fire way to get her to threaten to kick you these days, and I can't say I blame her!)

I ordered some maybe baby strips, but I have no idea when they'll get here, plus since we haven't been able to express milk yet, they might not do any good if she's like your mare and just bags up and foals!

Mom called yesterday asking me what color halter she should get for the baby. We both agreed that hot pink would be best since its a girl, but since we really have no idea if its a girl or not, we went with bright green. (They only had blue, black, hot pink, and bright green). I've been researching non-stop in case there are any problems at all during delivery. Our vet is on call and has asked us to call the moment we suspect she's in labor... It takes her 25 minutes to get there if the roads are GOOD, though, so I'm preparing for the worst, just in case. I think I'm driving my mother nuts, but she insists she's thrilled I'm researching so much, in case she's at work and I'm there alone when Don't foals.

Now that I've written a novel... That's about it. No changes, really. No milk, small udder, tight vulva, and round (mostly) belly. She's eating great, drinking fine again, and hasn't changed any habits lately. She's officially due next Friday. My random, inexperienced guess is January 30.

I'm so glad your baby and mamma are doing so well! I'm going to look for more pictures on your thread right now!
     
    01-19-2014, 12:51 AM
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Dont stress to much about the labor haha I almost had a full head of grey hair and it turns out everything went smooth. From when her water broke till when the baby was out on the ground it took 10 MINUTES!!!!!!!! I was super lucky my 930 pm check her water just happen to break right when I reached her stall!!! I though my water hose was on hahaha I want to see pictures of what you're mare looks like now!:))
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    01-19-2014, 03:04 AM
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I haven't tried this from my phone, so... I have no idea if the picture is going to work. Lol I thought I uploaded two, one of my youngest giving Don't a kiss and an udder picture. We'll see what happens when I post.
     
    01-19-2014, 03:08 AM
  #29
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Here's a really bad udder picture. Between her fluffy belly and her lack of an udder, it's hard to get a good picture. Today is day 335 I believe. Belly pictures for the day were on my mom's phone, unfortunately. Her belly looks the same though.
     
    01-19-2014, 11:23 AM
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Aww thanks for checking in on us! Don't is doing great. She's SUPER grumpy towards Gus (gelding Tennessee Walker) and Jack (gelded donkey), but she's been super sweet to me.
I hope she isn't pastured with Jack the gelded donkey. Donkeys (especially males) are notorious for attacking newborns foals as part of their herd protection instincts. Please make sure the donkey is separated from the foal until he recognizes that it is part of the herd and not a threat to the herd.
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