07-27-2011, 11:40 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