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post #1 of 201 Old 02-22-2013, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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Is my mare going to foal sooner than we thought?? Pics!

I have a mare who is a very shy breeder. She will not breed if people are around! Her previous owners told me they have never seen her breed, but she gets pregnant every time. I put her with my stallion on March 10 and left them together for quite a while. He is a gentleman, he will not approach a mare unless she 'asks' him to! Everyone thinks he is a gelding because of his extremely laid-back personality. Anywayyy, I noticed she was not going into season in May, so she must have gotten pregnant in March or April; I was originally thinking she made him wait until April, but maybe not. She is now heavily in foal and you can tell; you can see that baby moving from several feet away! She's a little over 14 hands and she is not very long. She started showing a bump back in July, possibly sooner (I don't have a lot of pics of her from that long ago and I have a horrible memory). Here are some progression pics:

April 29
http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...70053145_o.jpg

August 12
http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...c/august12.jpg

October 1
http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...c/october1.jpg

October 30
http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r.../october30.jpg

February 3
http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r.../february3.jpg

And here, you'll notice a change:
February 22
http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...98428046_o.jpg

Her belly looks much smaller today--or is it just me?? Could it be because the baby has shifted into the birthing position? She has been very uncomfortable the past week or so. She stands with her back legs slightly spread, her tail to the side, and she is swollen "back there." It also looks elongated and she's had some discharge. I'm pregnant myself and can't do much with her right now, but I've been having a friend come check her for me. Today, she said she has yellow liquid coming out of her teats when she squeezed them. Could she be close? Or is she teasing me? ;)
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post #2 of 201 Old 02-22-2013, 11:05 PM
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sounds like it. I would keep an eye on her :)
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post #3 of 201 Old 02-22-2013, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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sounds like it. I would keep an eye on her :)
Ahh how exciting!! :) Oh I keep an eye on this one, trust me :) I'm out in the yard checking her every couple of hours or so! I need to get a camera so I can watch from inside!
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post #4 of 201 Old 02-23-2013, 02:58 AM
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She's a cute mare. Got any pics of the daddy?
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post #5 of 201 Old 02-23-2013, 05:14 AM
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Is she bagged up?
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post #6 of 201 Old 02-23-2013, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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Blondie's Foaling Thread: Due Pretty Much Whenever!

Hey, everyone! This is my first shot at a foaling thread, so please bare with me! ;) Blondie is my 11 year old palomino mare. She's been with me since June of 2011. She's a beautiful golden color with two white rear socks and a stripe. Blondie apparently doesn't have the greatest past; she was rescued around the age of 4. She was severely neglected, abused, and heavily in foal. She has the scars to prove it; a black mark going down her face and a small eye injury. Thankfully, she can see very well out of her eye, it just has a small "cloud" in it. She gave birth to a healthy filly and was the best mother she could possibly be. She has since had one other foal (he is 3 or 4 now) and she is currently in foal again! This is Blondie's first time foaling here. I feel very privileged to be able to be by her side on this wonderful journey. The sire of the foal has been with me since March, 2012. His name is Snazz. He is a homozygous tobiano paint. He has sired dozens of foals, all of which came out big, strong and healthy. We are praying this foal does the same! Now, let's see some pregnancy progression pics, shall we!:
Pre-Pregnancy (when I first got her)
http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...49761340_n.jpg

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With Snazz :)
http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...35108916_n.jpg

Pregnancy (dates are in the links)
http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...qcc/july27.jpg

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...c/august12.jpg

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...c/october1.jpg

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r.../october30.jpg

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r.../february3.jpg

Feb 22
http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...98428046_o.jpg


For the past week or so, Blondie has been restless and exhausted. She walks around the pasture a lot and appears uncomfortable. Yesterday, her belly looked considerably smaller (to me) than it has in a while. The foal was still moving around lots, like normal :) Today, her belly seems to have dropped more than before. I have not taken any pictures yet today, but her utters are warm and a little "thicker" than normal. She has not bagged up, but she appears to have a little bit of waxing (I'm assuming--it's a crusty yellow substance). Her vulva was very relaxed, but now it's more swollen. She's had a reddish-brown discharge for a few days (it is dry when I see it), but I was told it is normal, since she is close to giving birth. She seems a lot more "clingy;" She usually doesn't have much to do with people unless they're handling her or it's feeding time, but now every time she sees me, she's stuck to me like glue! Hopefully these are all good signs. I had expected her to be due around mid-to-late March (I had her and Snazz together from the day he got here until early May--she is an incredibly shy breeder, so I wanted to make sure she would let him!). I thought she had made him wait until April, but maybe not! I look forward to sharing everything with you guys and I hope this foal comes out safe and sound!
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I hope so to, but



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What is the purpose of breeding these two horses together?
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post #9 of 201 Old 02-23-2013, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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I hope so to, but



Remember Thumper's mother, Remember Thumper's mother, Remember Thumper's mother, Remember Thumper's mother, Remember Thumper's mother, Remember Thumper's mother, Remember Thumper's mother, Remember Thumper's mother, Remember Thumper's mother, Remember Thumper's mother,

I can't say I understand. I mean, I understand what you're saying, just not why, I suppose.
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What is the purpose of breeding these two horses together?
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Because they both produce great foals. I had already be planning with his previous owner to breed them (he was up for stud for nearly a decade) for almost a year, but I bought him instead. This will be his last foal, I plan to have him gelded.

I plan on keeping the foal.
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