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    04-22-2010, 12:51 AM
  #21
Foal
She looks pregnant to me!

My arabian dandy (avatar) was 20 when she had her very first (and only) filly! It was an accident. We had gotten a stallion whom was very, very calm and didn't act like a stud at all. However, we did keep the separated and such. Our mare flirted with him through the fence, but he was never interested. Well, I suppose he did get interested one day when we weren't home. It was a wooden corall, and he wound up knocking the middle post out and breeding her through the fence. His name, Rebel, should have tipped us off when we bought him lol

My dad and I were very worried because she was older and this was her first. However, she did just fine. We took her to a friends barn because it was January when she was due and we didn't have stalls, just shelters.

Here are a few tips from my experience. I've only gone through this once though, so please anyone that finds my information wrong PLEASE correct it!!

I was able to feel or look at my mares belly when she was close to having the foal and actually see the foal kicking inside. Like just behind where her ribs end on the side there infront of her back leg in that area.

I've heard that horses usually go into labor either late at night or early morning. This was the case with my mare, she had Sasha (her filly) at 11:45pm. So make sure you check her at night aswell! I spent two weeks at my friends house so that I could check her throughout the night haha However, I'm sure mares do have them in the day aswell!

Some of the signs that they show when they are close would be: pacing/restless, looking back at their stomach, maybe laying down and getting back up, and sniffing the ground (Dandy showed these signs the day she had Sasha)

Also, her teats were hard and waxed up a few days before she had Sasha. Their teats get this white/cream looking drip of wax on the very tips of their them. This is a sign that they are getting close aswell!

If she does start going into labor, try to remain calm. I've heard you can actually stop a horse from having the foal if they start getting too stressed about what's going on around them.

I suggest looking up complications a mare can have when foaling. Especially if a vet may not be available! An important note though, if you do have to help pull the foal out. ONLY pull when she has a contraction!!!

Have plenty of clean towls available, you may have to clean their nose off a bit so that they can breathe. (We did with sasha)

I hope these are helpful to you! To me, it looks like she may have a couple weeks to go? My mare looked like that, but about a week before she had Sasha her stomach kind of dropped and got really wide. I also agree, try to find an experienced horse person to help you out! If you don't already have a stall, maybe try finding her a place that you could board her at for these next couple of weeks. That way she's in a nice clean stall and there should be someone there to monitor her aswell for you. Plus, you would most likely find some people experienced with foaling. My friend that let me take my mare to her place is very experienced with foaling. She was a trainer/riding instructor and had many, many foals in her life time and let me tell you, it sure made me feel good to have a person with extensive knowledge in the particular area by my side!!!

Please keep us updated and I wish you the BEST of luck.
     
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    04-22-2010, 11:50 AM
  #22
Foal
She looks absolutely stunning for having been poorly cared for before! Way to go!!

I'd say, based on pictures and what you're saying of her milk, she's definitely definitely without a doubt pregnant. If you could get her on a mare&foal feed that would be the best thing for her nourishment wise while the baby is still growing in there. From what you're saying I'd say you're well in the 300days, so you could have anywhere from a few days to a few weeks left. :S Too bad you don't have an accurate date as this could mean some sleepless nights for you!

I also agree with earlier posters in that if she hasn't been broke to ride she's probably been used as a broodmare and the owners gave her up because it didnt look like she was going to be able to keep pumping out foals for them. That's too bad, but looks like it got you a really nice looking girl. But it also means she'll probably be less likely to have any complications. There is a lot of information on foaling out your own horse on the web.... and though I hate to recommend you to somewhere else, I know the people at Mare Stare, LLC - Welcome! have a LOT of useful information and might be better able to guess at a date for you since they're all going through the same thing! :)

Please keep us updated - can't wait to see some more pictures of her as she progresses! Can you get another belly shot? The foal will drop and make her stomach look almost triangular just before she's ready as it gets in position for the birth canal.
     
    04-22-2010, 01:11 PM
  #23
Foal
I put some pictures in my album on my profile.... their pictures of when we first got her.
I will get some more pic's of her tonight....
No Big changes..except she is HUNGRY..ALL the time!!! Seems to be eating alot more...
     
    04-22-2010, 01:12 PM
  #24
Foal
Forgot to add.. we put her on the mare & foal feed :)
     
    04-22-2010, 01:34 PM
  #25
Weanling
I looked at the pictures and yep, she looks pregnant but her vulva doesn't look ready at all. She still looks close behind and doesn't have a big, swollen vulva. It should look "full". I don't think she's days away. Maybe a month.
     
    04-23-2010, 04:09 PM
  #26
Foal
Checking on her just a few minutes ago I notice that you can actually SEE a leg..it is showing behind her ribs, but I couldn't see or feel a hoof... I looked up pic's of what position the baby should be in and am nervous that it is a back leg instead of leg front leg??
Anyone ever see this? Is this normal??

And she's acting strange..it looks as if she's been rolling around quite a bit..she had straw all over her mane and back?
Plus she is put her head down alot and breathing hard... almost like sniffing the ground?
Any Suggestions, opinions,thoughts???? Please!!!
     
    04-23-2010, 04:25 PM
  #27
Foal
Don't stress!

If she's been rolling she's just trying to relieve pressure or the babies just squirmed up into somewhere that's not so comfortable. Rolling's normal. She's probably getting pretty uncomfortable at this point if she's close. Can you take some new pictures of her? Side profile, rear end, teats? Their tummies get a noticeable change when they're really close... I really wouldn't start panicking at this point though. :) She's probably just trying to make herself feel better. Giving her lots to munch on hay-wise will keep her occupied.
     
    04-23-2010, 04:50 PM
  #28
Weanling
I agree with RoyalRebel! Good post.
     
    04-24-2010, 08:36 PM
  #29
Weanling
I am sure, being a first timer and not even being experienced with horses that you are a bundle of nerves right now!

My guess would be that she's been a broodmare her whole life, so she should know the ropes just fine. Make sure you have a good idea through research of what is "normal" and what isn't normal. Then you can just sit back and let her do your thing. Don't panic, take some deep breaths. I'm sure she's getting kind of close, considering the behavior you have described.

I have been around horses my whole life but I had my first foal 4 years ago and I didn't even know she was there until a month prior to her being born, much like you! My horse is a Arabian/Paint mare and rather large, and she was bred to a pony stallion. You could barely tell she was pregnant until the very end and I about had a heart attack! Lucky for me, when I woke up to do chores one morning, my little Socks was born and waiting for me! She was already standing but was still wet and goopy.

I've been exactly where you are and I remember how nerve wracking it is. Just be patient, and know what to look for. Make sure your vet WILL be available if something goes wrong.
     
    04-25-2010, 02:24 PM
  #30
Foal
Posted more pic's today..let me know what ya'll think... thanks to Everyone :) !!!
     

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