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post #1 of 30 Old 05-02-2011, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Question about belly shape changing before foaling

I get confused about the difference between a round belly and the 'V' shape that a mare is supposed to make before she foals.

Ace here should be due, overdue even, and she seems to be making little progress. She threw a small udder back at the start of March, which goes up and down, but has never filled properly.

She has sunk in by her tail head, and feels looser there, but the vagina itself hasn't loosened much.

From these pics do you think she is making progress?

13th March



17th April



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She's carrying an elephant!


She does look like she is making progress to me at least.
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God, poor girl, she is HUGE!!! Though to me it looks like she is a little bit bigger from the first picture to the last.

Edit: Also in the March 13th picture the part of her stomach closer to her chest has more of a gentle slope then the one on May 2nd. May 2nd one is looking more like a "V"

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Wow is she big! I agree May 2nd is looking more like a v. Does her vulva look swollen or less wrinkles than normal? I've also noticed once they develop the "v" usually 1 or 2 days before foaling the belly will actually look smaller as the foal gets into position in the birth canal. Good luck, the poor girl certainly looks ready! :)
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She is a big girl for sure, well she isn't that big, I've been trying to keep weight on her

This is what she looked like last year when I bought her



It's a balance between trying to keep her at a good weight, but not put to much into the foal.
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^ That's a tough thing to do! You've done a wonderful job! Can't wait to see foal pics :)
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Wow, almost like a different horse! O:
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Wow, almost like a different horse! O:

Yeah, really!

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She does look a bit different doesn't she

She did raise 2 foals last year, hers and an orphan, she is such a good girl, so she had been drawn down.

I like my mares to go in chubby then try and keep up with their needs while they are nursing.
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