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    05-01-2010, 04:21 AM
I am so excited... I don't know if its the excitement that's got me thinking she is going to foal, or that she is actually close. She has some "salty" looking dots around her teats in the mornings, but so far no wax... she laid down a few minutes ago and after about 20 seconds squealed and pinned her ears and stood up and stretched real hard, now she's standing backed up to the fence pushing on it... again. She's a tinker and I think she's just waiting for me to leave. The last few nights I have been sleeping in my sons room in the other side of the house so I can watch her from a distance outside the window... from about 3 am til 7am :)
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    05-01-2010, 04:24 AM
I hope you don't mind that I turned it for you. It's just easier to see.

Her bag looks good! Nice and firm. Her teats could be more filled but they are pointing away from each other (good) and she is a maiden. Her vulva looks ready. Soft and puffy passage. She looks "spread" and ready to pass a foal. LOL. Does she have the slow "back feet plop to the ground because her hips have spread" walk? Lol.

Have you tried to milk her? Will she let you? Check to see if her milk is sticky. Even if it's clear.......sticky means soon.
    05-01-2010, 04:30 AM
Her vulva has been like this for a good week (maybe 10 days)... she has had the "waddle" where she drags her back feet for about a week or more also... I have milked her but she HATES it and doesnt really kick AT me, but lifts her leg and swats her tail as a warning, but she has had the sticky clear fluid for about a week also, but two days ago (last time I attempted) her bag was more firm.... and she is doing lots of tail lifting... I think she might just be trying to make me crazy. LOL... I need a plunger :)
    05-01-2010, 10:45 AM
Green Broke
In the time you have left before she foals (and she sure looks close!) try to handle her teats a LOT. Get her used to it, to where she tolerates it as much as possible. Since she is a maiden, it's going to take a little more to make sure she understands enough to let that baby nurse - the more she is used to having her teats messed with, the easier it will be!

Update us with pictures as soon as that baby is born!

And I can sure sympathize for the missed sleep - my mare foaled on April 5 after showing signs for like, 2 months! I was exhausted.
    05-01-2010, 10:46 AM
Green Broke
Sorry to hijack, but

WOW! I can't believe its been that long already Indy! It only seems like yesterday that I was sitting at my computer with a massive grin looking at Fiona's newborn photos!
    05-01-2010, 11:20 AM
Green Broke
Howclever, haha she's almost a month old now! I posted some updated pictures of her the other day on the horse pictures forum, go see how big she's gotten already! I think she might mature out even bigger than Finn, since she didn't have the rough start he did!

But hey, remember the practically 2 months of posting pictures and updates and waiting for Freyja to get around to foaling! It took forever and she sure gave me a lot of sleepless nights! Thankfully she is the exception rather than the rule, hopefully the OP here will have a new, beautiful baby to show us in a few days and be able to get some sleep again!
    05-01-2010, 11:56 AM
Green Broke
Haha, I looked at it and went "24 DAYS OLD! WHAT!"

Oh and do I ever remember your wait, mostly because I started reading just after I bought my pregnant mare and all I was thinking was "gosh I hope Romance doesn't do this to me!!" haha
    05-01-2010, 12:19 PM
Green Broke
Sssmith, she's so close! Waiting bites, doesn't it?
    05-01-2010, 01:07 PM
Thank you to all for responding to my post...
Indyhorse~ I actually read the forum Howclever is referring to... Im telling you, I think I have read everything on the internet pertaining to foaling... LOL

I actually slept in til almost 10 this morning... and still no baby. BUT, I did get more pics, and her bag has filled quite a bit more, lots more swelling in the front, and this morning she was more hesitant to leave her foaling pen/stall. Her vulva does not seem as relaxed as it has been, and she usually doesnt mind me lifting her tail, but today she was trying to clamp it down... of course later today it will be relaxed again... we do this sometimes... she's kiddin :)
Anyway, it is supposed to storm here tonight. I don't know if that will influence her or not, but I wanted to ask, my foaling pen is not in a covered barn, it is a 24X24 square pen with a 10x12 shed (not enclosed). My sister has a covered barn however, with 3 stalls, only they have dirt floors. Would it be better to haul her over there? I have shavings lightly spread on the floor of her pen just to help the urine absorb, but straw in her shed, and does anyone know why she INSISTS on going in there to pee??? It stinks and I can't keep it clean, and how often should I change out the straw? I didnt know if this was a "territorial thing" or what... so many questions :) Oh... now I will post pics... daytime ones :)
    05-01-2010, 01:39 PM

LOL... that's alot of pics! I took alot more and if you want to see ALL of them they are on the photobucket link on page 1... I think page 1...
Thanks for looking!

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