Originally Posted by JB44
here's an idea. In the wild, mares always take a buddy mare off with them to watch over them while they are in labor. If you have another stall within eyesite, you might try putting whoever her best buddy is in that stall.
We tried that once with a mare that was 2 weeks overdue and had been waxed the whole 2 weeks. Within 2 hours of putting her buddy just outside her stall, she foaled. Coincidence ? Maybe. But it does go along with their instincts. They are vulnerable during that hour. They can't protect a new baby very well for the first hour. Hence the buddy system to help keep predators away.
Just a thought. Good luck. She looks like a pretty nice mare and a great color. So glad you saved her!!!!
I thought of that too.... and she and Baker used to take turns sleeping, he would stand outside her pen, just on the other side of the fence and keep watch while she slept, and then she would do the same for him... but Baker got in a fight with another gelding through my fence (when I had barbed wire) and he got cut really bad, down to the joint. My sister has a barn with 3 inside stalls, so I sent him to live with her because she had better accomodations for him, and the vet was NOT very optimistic about his chances of even living through it, since the chance of infection was so high. Dusty looked for him for a week, and he looked for her too. It broke my heart. I slept outside with her all night for the first two nights. I really want to bring him home, but Im scared to take the chance of "disrupting" his progress. Plus, he is only 3, and he loves her soo much... he thinks that she is HIS mare... I don't know how he would react to the baby, and Im betting she wont wanna be his buddy after the baby is born...