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post #1 of 24 Old 07-27-2011, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Is my mare in labor

I just went outside to check on my mini mare. She is bred and I'm not sure when she is due. Long story short there are 2 piles of diarrhea next to her and she is just standing there with her whole body shaking. Mostly her backside, although I lifted her tail and it doesn't look like her vuvla is contracting. I called my my regular vet and another vet in the area and neither one have gotten back to me. I am freaking out. Is this signs of labor? I didn't think she was this close I was expecting 3 weeks to a month.
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post #2 of 24 Old 07-27-2011, 10:12 PM
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Yes she is probably in labor! If you need help call me 740-323-4341

Check her udder and see if it is hot and tight if it is she is truly in labor

The vulva wont contract but her sides will

You should see a white bubble coming out the vulva

She could be in prelabor and you would see contractions soon

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post #3 of 24 Old 07-27-2011, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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running out to check her udder now
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post #4 of 24 Old 07-27-2011, 10:15 PM
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Can you take the phone with you? I can call you if you need me to. I have free long distance
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post #5 of 24 Old 07-27-2011, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Just ran out and checked her. Her udder doesn't feel exceptionally warm just about the same as her armpits :) Everything else is about the same but she is eating. Not sure if she would be doing that in labor. She is just standing there doesn't seem to be in any pain or rolling or anything like that.
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post #6 of 24 Old 07-27-2011, 10:27 PM
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Did the shaking stop?

I have had many mares take a bite of hay on their way down to push lol.

Keep in mind an average mini gestation is 330 days so a little shorter than big horses.

Normally the udder will get very full, tight and hot right before they foal. But some maiden mares may not get full until they foal.
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post #7 of 24 Old 07-27-2011, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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The shaking did stop. I'm glad you're a mini person to help me out. I just got this mare a week ago so I don't know her routine poor girl is just getting acclamaited to being here. To be truthful I feel bad for her. The person I got her from had to get rid of her asap otherwise I would not buy a bred mare, knowing very little about this myself. I'm really kinda ticked that my vet hasn't called me back YET!!! Weefoal you are an angel to help me out.
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post #8 of 24 Old 07-27-2011, 10:40 PM
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No problem at all! I know it can be scarey if you have never seen a mare foal or go into labor. And the minis are a little different.

Sometimes if the foal moves really hard the mare can get a little quirky. They do usually have very loose stools right before they foal. I would keep an eye on her the next couple hours just to be sure.

I will give you a quick mini rundown on foaling LOL.

If you see a red bag (instead of white) coming out first that means you have placenta previa. Get the foal out as quickly as possible. You will have to break the red bag open and then break open the white bag and get the foal out and breathing.

Mini heads tend to get stuck when first coming out the vulva. Give the mare time to stretch and then help if needed.

Only ever pull while the mare is contracting. Only pull tword the ground. Never pull straight out. Gentle steady pressure is best. No yanking!

Once the foal is born remember 1, 2, 3

Foal standing within 1 hour

Foal up and walking and trying to nurse within 2 hours

Foal nursing by hour 3

Foal should pass urine and manure soon after.

Any variation in that is concerning. Some mini foals have trouble latching on so you may have to help if you get to 3 hours and the foal is not latched on.

Hope I didnt overwhelm you -- just trying to give you a crash course
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post #9 of 24 Old 07-27-2011, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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Not overwhelming very helpful. I'm an information junkie so I have googled and read so many things. I was aware of the redbag and pulling down not straight but I had never heard the 1,2,3 rule so that is very helpful. She is a B sized mini around 35" and this is her 4th foal according to her previous owner so I hope I have those factors working for me, but I am still a nervous wreck. Running back out to check her.....
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post #10 of 24 Old 07-27-2011, 10:53 PM
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I am going to hop off here but if you need help please just call.
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