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 305279_222283297834665_1164574477_n.jpg Photo by ccqcc | Photobucket
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!