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  • Does mare gestation differ with gender of foal
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    06-13-2013, 07:13 AM
Question Need Advice on mare in foal

Well I've always had friend who had mares that have had foals in the past. Well me being me I never paid attention to any of the signs they are close just got to be there when their mare foaled and help if needed.

So this past year I bought a nice paint mare and she was in foal. I was told her foaling date was may 5th and she didn't seem to sre about it anyway.... well she def has exceeded that. So I was worried and had my vet out to look at her. He said he didn't believe that was the correct foaling date by any means. He told me to switch her from orchard to alfalfa because once she foals and the baby nurses she will need the extra fatty from the alfalfa so she doesn't drop weight.

So I took his advice and did that. But I've been watching her teats and her belly and her vuvla and tail and just am stumped. I've spent weeks looking for signs online and have come down to finally asking for help. I think I need a extra pair of eyes and people with experience to help me.

So she has gotten huge has got her v belly. But she bags up a lot at night and deflates. For a week it was going away and she stayed bagged up fully24/7. But now this week that's nt the case. Her milk is no longer as clear its kinda yellowish around her tail is jeolly but that's the only spot. Her vulva is elongated and relaxed but it has been for 3 weeks now. She's been drinking her 25 gallon water barrel in a day. She lays down at night but the other night she was layin flat and I stayed up all night and watched her and nothing.

Just need to get some help. Sorry for the book long explanation but I want everything I know and have observed thrown out there for the best advice
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    06-13-2013, 12:33 PM
Hi Moonshine, welcome to the forum. Don't worry about writing long explanations or asking for help. There are literally dozens if not hundreds of horse forums across the internet for that exact reason. I am no breeding expert, but have learned tons just from coming on here. Horses don't really have "due dates" per say. I've read that "normal gestation" averages anywhere from 320 to 370 days gestation, but that is just a range and isn't set in stone. Do you happen to know her last breeding date? Two close friends of mine had foals at 364, 370 and 372 days gestation and all foals were born healthy.

From what I understand, (and someone with more experience can elaborate more) the bagging up and deflating is perfectly normal. If you go onto many of the foaling threads here, a lot of the mares seem to almost lose their bags at some points, then fill up just before foaling. Some bag up and stay that way. These darn mares don't make it easy on their owners. Do you know if she's had foals before? If she has, are you able to find out how long she carried before? If you could post some pictures of her how she is right now, that would also be helpful. Pictures are always a must.
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    06-13-2013, 12:36 PM
Welcome to the forum... and insanity..... 'cause mares in foal will lead you to insanity!
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    06-13-2013, 05:51 PM
Lol thank you. Yea ill got snap some pictures of her. I checked her this morning and she has stayed bagged up. I started getting excited till a friend of mine reminded me she has been teasing me the whole time on foaling. Yes she had a foal 3-4 yrs ago. And I don't know who owned her at the time.

The lady I got her from just said she wld foal around may 5th and wldnt give me much info. She was kinda a prude about the whole situation. Ok ill go snap some photos. I have some I took last night ill post to let me just read the forum about posting pics lol
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    06-13-2013, 06:27 PM
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This is her baggin from last night
    06-13-2013, 06:36 PM
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Should took her pic when she walked around the corner into the pasture. The front is dirt from her pacing and staying up there. But the back is just this lush grass and she doesn't touch is that much.
    06-13-2013, 06:39 PM
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    06-13-2013, 08:58 PM
Pretty mare. I wish I could tell you more lol. It sounds like you've done your research though and you've had your vet out so it seems all you have left to do now is wait, like alot of mare owners are doing now.
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    06-13-2013, 11:01 PM
Lol yea I got the patience of a bull so it is super hard and am very anxious waiting. I keep a close eye on her and try to check on her evey other hr. But she has stayed bagged up all day. How long does it take once that happens?
    06-14-2013, 01:35 AM
5 minutes?? 5 days??? 5 weeks??? Lol... It does look like her udder could fill a little more , but some do and some don't... I've heard a lot of people say the best way to tell is to taste the milk, when its white and sweet, she's close... Anywhere between 1 and 72 hours... But again, I'm sure there are lots of variations with different mares
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