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  • At what stage does the foal drop over the rim of the pelvis

 
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    02-11-2011, 12:25 AM
  #11
Foal
I wouldn't cut her feed. The foal needs the nurishment. It will take it from the mare and she will starve. Remember she's eating for two. The foal will only grow as big as it's supposed to.You need to find out when the mare was bred, count back 25 days and that's when she's due. If she was bred June 15th, she's due around May 20. That gives you a general idea. She can come as much as 2 weeks early or 2 weeks later but like I said, a general idea.
     
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    02-11-2011, 01:16 AM
  #12
Banned
I would not cut back feed either. She is pregnant and needs her food, if you are worried about her weight then deal with that after the foal is born and weaned.
     
    02-13-2011, 10:54 AM
  #13
Foal
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Originally Posted by Adareous    
I wouldn't cut her feed. The foal needs the nurishment. It will take it from the mare and she will starve. Remember she's eating for two. The foal will only grow as big as it's supposed to.You need to find out when the mare was bred, count back 25 days and that's when she's due. If she was bred June 15th, she's due around May 20. That gives you a general idea. She can come as much as 2 weeks early or 2 weeks later but like I said, a general idea.
Thanks all for the back-up, I bred dogs and cats before so was sure cutting food was wrong. My friends mare bred same time is showing hips my girls are smooth, no bones showing. Vet said she has no fat and to feed her normal feed until baby comes then pack it on. I am not sure but have a good idea about when she was bred, I got her in June she was with the stallion from mid May till beginning of June, so figure mid April. Friend didn't think she would breed cause she always had to be held before, so let her run with him.

Wish me Luck, also we are keeping the foal (hubby don't want anyone else to raise his girls foal), his/her name will be Bogo (buy one get one), I think it's cute.
     
    02-20-2011, 07:09 AM
  #14
Started
Two great books are The Complete Foaling Manual and The Complete Book of Foaling. Good luck! :) Can't wait to see pics of the baby in a couple months!
     
    02-22-2011, 11:52 PM
  #15
Weanling
LOL love the name!! Grats on your 2for1 and good luck=) I'd listen to my vet not my friend, pregnant animals/people need extra nourishment, baby will take all it needs from mom and mom will be left with nothing!
     
    02-23-2011, 03:40 AM
  #16
Foal
Keep her on good hay, don't let her graze in poor grass, and check into getting some mare and foal feed, it has some suppliments she and the foal might be needing
     
    02-23-2011, 10:12 AM
  #17
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by CheyAut    
Two great books are The Complete Foaling Manual and The Complete Book of Foaling. Good luck! :) Can't wait to see pics of the baby in a couple months!
Hey, I had a Bogo deal last year myself! CheyAut recommended those books to book to me then and the are great! A friend also gave me Blessed are the Broodmares, and although it is a good read with good information, I thought it would be hard to navigate in an actually foaling situation if you needed to look up some help.

In the end, my little bogo was born when I wasn't there, and I found him wet and wobbly just as he learned to stand! My mare did super and had no problems (although foal had a couple issues, but that is a whole nuther story!) Anyway, my baby is 7 months old now and healthy and happy.

Enjoy the experience! I really enjoyed going through it, and you never know, it's something you may only do once, so savor it.
     
    02-24-2011, 10:30 AM
  #18
Weanling
>>>>Hey, not to question you, but I'm confused so I thought I would ask. On the one hand, the foal is so small the vet can't feel it, right? But on the other hand, she does look like the foal is big enough to be showing in her belly and you say you only have a couple months of preparation to get ready for it.

Actually, during the middle stages of equine pregnancy its common to not be able to "get a hand on" the foal via palpation. Its not that its too small to feel-- the opposite, in fact. The fetus/uterus has gotten big enough to "drop over" the rim of the pelvis further down in the abdomen than previously, and until the foal gets even larger, its out of reach "down in the belly". The vet can still usually manually feel the ovaries, cervix, etc-- if the cervix is tightly closed, ovaries not cycling, but most of the uterus not "touchable", its a good bet that a pregnacy is filling that uterus and pulling it out of reach for the moment.
     
    02-24-2011, 11:31 PM
  #19
Weanling
^^ Eastowest, thanks for the info! Also I checked out your web page, I love that little bay colt with the blanket. When I was a kid, my first Breyer horse was a bl;ack appy with a white blanket. I have always has a soft spot for those with the blanket. I just haven't seen one in so long! Your avitar is cute as well. :)
     
    02-27-2011, 08:05 PM
  #20
Foal
Thanks again, and Eastowest, thanks for that explanation, the vet said he couldn't feel it but it was blocked so good sign of pregnancy, so now I got it. I have gotten her on mare & colt, and alfalfa cubes, plenty of hay, had her on good vitamins for her feet and take her out for a clover walk occasionally. I found out she was supposedly only with the stallion on May 17, 2010 so should be due around april 15-20, so excited.
     

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