Aloha! I'm new to the Horse Forum. I am expecting a foal any day now, so I thought it would be a good idea to have more horse friends. My Maiden Mare is 6 yrs. Old. She is 334 days along. Her vulva is relaxed and elongated. Tail head very prominent. Lots of tail movement and rubbing on fence post. Her udders are present but no waxing. I have read that not all mares display wax. She is not as wide and foal is moving around a lot. Today I swear I saw movement in buttocks area...is that possible..I would think that means she is pretty close. Any input on what else to look for would be appreciated. I am really looking forward to the Day and don't want to miss it.
As far as waxing, some do, some don't...some will start waxing and then stop, then start.... In any case, she is most likely close, though that could still mean a week, or two, or tomorrow They will have you tearing your hair out waiting and guessing.
Most mares foal at night/early morning and the actual birth only takes around 30 minutes, so if you want to have any chance of seeing it, you need to check on your mare often. With our 2013 colt, our 11 year old maiden mare looked "normal" (she had looked like she could foal anytime for about a week) at 4:30am and I thought "not today". At 6:30am I looked out the window and saw her laying down, ran out the door, and found....
I am with PaintHorseMares. You never really do know. Basically, look for tell-tale signs, but do not necessarily be distressed if they do not show up - not all mares wax, not all act agitated, etc. My friend had a mare wax at about 345 days last year and she carried the foal until day 370. It is a good thing my friend has blonde hair to disguise the bits of white I am sure must have come in. Everyone on the forum was sure my mare would be among the first to foal in her group due around the same time and she was near the end, foaling at 359 days. My dad let her out from the barn at 8 AM, checked her at 10:00 and came out at noon to a foal standing. Essentially, anything between 320 and 370 is considered normal, so she could have it tomorrow, or have you wait another month!
A good shot from the behind helps to see how wide she is or if she has dropped. I think you have a little bit yet. Most mares bellies will drop into sort of a point as they are nearer foaling. This was my mare about a week before foaling; swinging low and no butt to speak of. But like I said before, this doesnèt happen to every mare. Good luck.