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  • Mare belly changes before foaling
  • My mare is not as round in jer belly is she close to foaling

 
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    05-02-2011, 10:09 PM
  #11
Foal
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse    



I think it's just that angle, but her butt looks really small.
Sorry, I'm kinda going off-topic.
     
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    05-02-2011, 10:34 PM
  #12
Trained
She looked better when she was moving



The first pic, from July I believe, as I say this is a mare who had just been weaned from two foals, and who had been exclusively a broodmare for 10 years.

I started to feed her up and build her up with ground work, and then I actually rode her for a couple of months before turning her away again to get fat and grow that foal

I think the work helped her shape, and she has held that through her down time.
     
    05-03-2011, 01:49 AM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by BuckskinBorn2Fly    
I think it's just that angle, but her butt looks really small.
Sorry, I'm kinda going off-topic.
Not only off topic, but this isn't the critique section.


GH, your mare looks like a whale!!! What a huge tummy! Are you sure that her nursing two foals last year didn't give her twin ideas for this year? LOL. She looks close to me....do you have a bag picture?

She's a beautiful girl regardless of the tummy tum!!! Love her.
     
    05-03-2011, 11:41 AM
  #14
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by Juna    
Not only off topic, but this isn't the critique section.
LOL, not a problem with someone mentioning in passing, but certainly wouldn't expect a full on critique of her


Quote:
Originally Posted by Juna    
GH, your mare looks like a whale!!! What a huge tummy! Are you sure that her nursing two foals last year didn't give her twin ideas for this year? LOL. She looks close to me....do you have a bag picture?

She's a beautiful girl regardless of the tummy tum!!! Love her.
I'm getting worried about the twin thought now........

She was scanned and confirmed in foal to this guy



Before I bought her, that date puts her two weeks overdue.

She was then standing to my Haflinger stud in August, so we had her re scanned, and she was confirmed in foal, but the vet thought that she looked like she had held to Alto, rather than Jesse. I was bitterly disappointed, but Jesse's owner said that she would honor the LFG , and I could try Ace again for a Jesse foal.

Anyway, she does NOT look like a mare who is going to go through to July before foaling, so she must of held to Jesse, but what if the small fetus size was actually one of twins

No, no, can't be, she wouldn't go over with twins would she?

I haven't grabbed a bag pic yet, it's really doing not much
     
    05-03-2011, 02:01 PM
  #15
Trained
Udder shots

Here we go, the doing nothing udder...



Compared to this on 8th April when she was making good progress



The droopy hoqhah



Every bit of her tells a different story, she is in foal for sure, but when she will pop??
     
    05-03-2011, 04:30 PM
  #16
Foal
She looks like she is getting pretty close. In the photos of her belly you could see a drop. My mare did this this year, she didn't bag at all and still foaled, she never had a huge bag and still dosen't. She did wax though and that is how I saw her foal. She was a week over due to. Your mares backend dosnt look as long as it should to me she is loose but for as big as she is.....

I'd keep an eye on her back end and look for wax, I wouldn't worry all that much about her bag that can change after she foals.

Also what is she eating? I upped my mares alf intake to help with her bag and it seemed to have helped.
     
    05-08-2011, 09:17 PM
  #17
Foal
When the mare is carrying, she's going to be farther out one side than the other. That's cause the mare has 2 horns in the uterus that she could carry the foal in. She won't be gravid in the same horn twice in a row.
When the foal is large, she's going to be quite round, as you've seen.

When the foal moves into position for foaling, that creates the V. That's his little tushie creating the V. She will also lose a lot of the roundness as he's now in line for foaling.

By the way, just so you know, there is really no such thing as a due date in mares. The date you look up is a suggested time to watch for the foal.

I usually go by the udder. But they say it's more reliable to use a dark surface and milk a bit of fluid from the udder. When it turns milky, you're very close.

The teats are the last to fill. Once they fill, you're very close.

Has your mare foaled yet?
     
    05-08-2011, 09:25 PM
  #18
Trained
*Le Sigh*

No foal yet here she is today 364 days and counting



     
    05-08-2011, 09:35 PM
  #19
Weanling
Good god, what a round girl! Hope she pops soon lol, mares rarely deliver on time, it's usually when you least expect it, and when it's least convenient XD

Good luck, keep us posted, that's going to be one gorgeous foal =)
     
    05-08-2011, 09:38 PM
  #20
Foal
I've seen mares bag up and foal over night. It's rare tho.
Have you consulted your vet?

Is this mare on fescue? She should have considerably more udder by now.
     

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