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post #21 of 47 Old 06-26-2010, 02:25 AM
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Okay, seriously? Someone felt the need to report the photos of Lulu? I can't tell much from those pics on my own; I need people to help me and Photobucket apparently thinks it's not appropiate *headdesk*
Apparently so. Because I can only see the photo where she looks like a butterball.

I usually go to "manage attachments" underneath "additional options" on the reply page. Then I find where my photos are stored on my computer and add them that way.
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post #22 of 47 Old 06-26-2010, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
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Okay I did it like you suggested....let's see if it works
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Hey, those worked!

You know, the funny thing about my mare's vulva is that she looked "relaxed" pretty consistently about a week ago, and now she's almost always puckered up again. So I can only guess her hormones are flucuating or something.

I wish I could comment on how far along your girl looks based on the photos, but I am expecting my first foal too. So I better not venture a guess. My girl keeps me guessing enough as it is!

But here is a website I found with really good photos of udders and milk and vulvas and such for comparison. It is actually the only place I have found that showed me the milk color. And I realized after viewing the pictures that my mare's udder isn't nearly as ready as it should be. So I have relaxed my foal watching a bit as a result.

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For instance, look at how full this mare looks:

http://www.yellowhouseranch.com/Dallas330days%20008.jpg

I don't think either of our mares are as full as that.

Any of you experienced folks, do they all get that full before they foal?

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Thanks for the link. Last year when we lost the foal, the mare wasn't nearly that full
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Okay update! Pictures coming tomorrow! Today she went into the stall with my docile gelding (we have pasture access from their stalls) instead of with the stallion like she usually does.....red flag there. So we put her in the aisleway for the night so none of them stepped on her while she foaled if she happened to foal tonight. Her vulva is pretty relaxed but not completely relaxed. Her teets have a crusty substance on them. She looks to be in that "dropped" position also. She didn't seem much interested in hay....I'll update with pics tomorrow!
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yeah that crusty stuff is called "wax" and that's a BIG sign! Keep an eye on her!
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We first started feeling the wax on friday, so it's been there for a few days now. I peeled some off on friday and it was kinda clear with darker parts.....the behavioral changes are also sending red flags as she never goes in the stall with my gelding anymore, and she must've known he would be much better and calmer around a foal. We checked on her around 10:00 and putS her in the aisleway for tonight.

I'm kind of anxious though because last time she foaled (foal born dead) she didn't make a single noise or work up a hint of a sweat. How will we know from the house if she's foaling?
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The only thing you can do is go out and check on her every 20 minutes or so. Or camp in the barn in an empty stall and just take a peek at her if she sounds restless.

From the last photos of her vulva she looks like she's got a bit of a way to go. It's not all that relaxed and her bags are definitely not quite full, but that can change in a split second.
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She looks a lot different now than those above photos. I'm going to go out to the barn to check on her when I finish typing this post
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Okay, got some pics 20 minutes ago, at which time I discovered my 10-yr old sister left my iPod Touch outside on a bag of shavings.....in the rainstorm last night.....when she was playing with it. It won't turn on. Ugh!! Anyway, here's pics of our girl:




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