Thanks everyone! I will keep you guys updated definitely! The thing is, sometimes I see a minor change and get excited, and then nothing else will happen for a week, lol!
Smrobs, I LOVE big boned horses too! I'm sure you have seen John Henry in my profile? He's a 14.3 hand Mustang but he is BUILT. I love that! So many "well bred" horses are fine boned and fine footed and I am afraid I will break them! I am all for good bones and feet!
I will read up on the pool test strips. I read in one of my books that you can see the color change by eye, and the test strips just confirm the increase in calcium, so it was kind of redundant? But I will check it out.
Hey, I have a slight problem checking her milk. She is great to let me fiddle around down there, but it seems like I can almost never get a drop or two at a time. It will be like nothing then WHAM a stream will shoot out. I don't want to encourage her to leak or anything. Will getting a stream of liquid encourage leaking? I would rather get a drop or two, but I only succeeded in getting a couple of drops at a time once. Usually when I get it, it squirts! Maybe I am getting ahead of myself and I need to just wait until her udder gets larger to extract milk.
Izzy is such a good girl about it. She must think I am a crazy human! I sit out with her every evening after I feed them and watch and feel for the baby to kick. I will usually check the color of the milk and lift her tail to look for changes there as well. Poor girl must really think she got a fruit loop for an owner, lol!
But it's my first foal and I am excited.
Indyhorse, she doesn't look terribly miserable yet, but her belly is HUGE when viewed from behind. She is really sprung out, more than the photo I posted suggests. She is awfully itchy, but it may be the bugs and the heat. She rubs her tail, but she also rubs her mane, so it's probably just the heat.
She does seem to have spells where she seems to be breathing hard for no apparent reason. I am guessing it is either the baby moving or perhaps the position of the baby that will make her breath slightly hard. She isn't breathing super hard or anything, but harder than it seems like she should when she's at rest. She has a voracious appetite though! She eats like a horse!
I am giving her two flakes of alfalfa twice a day, a little bermuda hay just for something to munch on, and about 4 pounds of oats (total) and two pounds of Purina Enrich 12 for her vitamins/minerals. She looks to be at a good weight, but I am wondering if I should up her grain slightly because she is not overweight right now but if the baby increases it's demands she could loose weight and I don't want that to happen. Right now, even as big as she looks, you can actually feel (but not see) her ribs. She is getting about twice the hay (and much more grain) than my geldings get.
Does she look to be at a good weight? Do I need to increase her grain at all? All the books seem to suggest feeding pounds and pounds of grain, but that sort of scares me. But I want to make sure she gets enough calories too!
PS. BexnDelta, I still can't see your photos for some reason. Can the rest of you guys see them?