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post #11 of 83 Old 04-21-2012, 10:04 PM
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From those pictures she does look pretty close..especially the swelling and filling udder...also I do see the softening..if you look at her hind end it is not going to be right were her tail connects...it is going to be on each side of it. If you take your fingers and run them on each side of her bum going around her tail head and up on her hips you should feel squishy! She looks close...I would say time for foal watch! Are you allow her to open foal in a small pasture or stall?
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post #12 of 83 Old 04-21-2012, 10:05 PM
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deseraewatters your mare can foal safely in a pasture . Unless, it is small and overcrowded with horses you need not put her in a stall.
All my mares foal outside and have for over 35 years.
Your mares teats look very full and that is a sure sign that they are about to foal. You may want to check on her every 2-4 hours for the next couple of days.
The whole process of foaling should take no more than an hour.
It might take the foal that long to stand,
I you can save the placenta and have the vet check it out to ensure that it is whole Mares have been foaling for 1,000 of years most do so without problems. I wouldn't worry too much. Enjoy the foal. Shalom
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Db..we allow ours to pasture foal as well as long as weather permits.....I think they are more relaxed and feel more comfortable. I'm just near by if I catch it to help if needed.
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LadyT I absolutely agree.
Not onloy do I not have stalls here most of these mares have never been in one. I tried to close the gate on a walk in shed for a mare to foal inside once. She strated stressing so badly that after a few hours I let her out. I put her in the round pen she did the same thing. She foaled in the pasture the next day. Haven't tried that again and won't with her.
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I do have 2 barns with stalls and 1 old run in barn it use to have stalls til most of it was washed out....but unless a horse is injured, sick or another reason I need them kept up they are free roaming on almost 250 acres. I do have 3 paddocks though and that is were I put my foaling mares and my work gelding. Also plenty of gate panels if I need to make a small pen or even a round pen.
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My mares foaled in Michigan in January and February.

Having foals outside is not my in my thoughts.
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LadyT I absolutely agree.
Not onloy do I not have stalls here most of these mares have never been in one. I tried to close the gate on a walk in shed for a mare to foal inside once. She strated stressing so badly that after a few hours I let her out. I put her in the round pen she did the same thing. She foaled in the pasture the next day. Haven't tried that again and won't with her.
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Have you seen hooves like these?

Please read this thread....top to bottom before you have your mare foal outside.
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Ok well we have a stall but I think that it might be a little uncomfortable for her because its pretty small we use if for birthing goats. So I think that we are going to use a small pasture we have one that is right in front of the house so I can keep a close eye on her. And the weather is pretty nice here so I think as long as she don't have complications with the foaling part they should be ok.
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Ok well we have a stall but I think that it might be a little uncomfortable for her because its pretty small we use if for birthing goats. So I think that we are going to use a small pasture we have one that is right in front of the house so I can keep a close eye on her. And the weather is pretty nice here so I think as long as she don't have complications with the foaling part they should be ok.
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Now, you are a breeder....the package got bigger.
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