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post #1 of 8 Old 03-05-2010, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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She's Makin Milk!!

OK, so I check Sonya once every week to see if she has started to make any milk. I checked her wednesday night, and there was milk ... I can also see her milk veins.
So my question is how long, roughly, until she foals? She is a maiden, so no past foaling info. She is almost 10 months preggers..

Thanks. I will try to upload some pictures this weekend..

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-05-2010, 01:02 PM
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Normally when they start to bag, I've seen them go 10-14 days, but some mares go long, some short...with her being madien, i'd keep a good eye on her, and start giving her grain, if you havnt yet...

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post #3 of 8 Old 03-05-2010, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Nate! I'm kinda nervous now, but I hope she foals on March break so I will be off school when she goes..
She has been getting extra grain for the past month, as well as broodmare supplement to help with milk production.
Jeez, I am shaking now that I know she is that close... I want to be at her barn 24/7 until she foals, but unfortunatley school gets in the way. At least it is the weekend so I will be there!

I have been reading and found that her belly will go a V-shape. Is this common for maiden mares as well? I am trying to remember what her shape was, but can't. I will have to check tonight.

Her hindquarters, tail head, and "area" are relaxed, but as I said I will get some pictures of her tonight or this weekend.

EEP! I am soooo excited!

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Did you just notice her making milk? Or is today the first day she's had a sack? I can't imagine her being that relaxed, at 10 months, with just starting milk...he utters should feel like 2 little footballs the more they fill up, and then of course check her for waxing, when you have wax your close!

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Do you have exact her breeding dates handy? 300 days is considered the earliest most foals can be born and survive, and that's with emergency neonatal ICU type care-- and its usually not without complications. 10 months is not too early to be making an udder, but IMO its too early to be looking for a healthy full term foal.

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post #6 of 8 Old 03-05-2010, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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I noticed her filling up last week. They are not completley filled, but I would say they are about halfway filled. I do not have her breeding dates as this was an accident. The vet hecked her in April and said she was due end of April, but my barn owner told me a couple weeks ago that she saw the stud breeding on may 10. So that would put her due beginning of april instead of end of April.
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My mare's been at the "mostly full udder" stage for going on 5 weeks now, just so you know. I panicked and was worried about a pre-term birth, but she seems to be staying it out now, I estimate her to be on day 329 of her pregnancy, but she started bagging up, her belly dropped and her tail head all relaxed around day 295. I would definitely keep a close eye on your girl, hopefully she doesn't continually fake you out like mine is!


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What breed is Sonya? Minis tend to go ealier than big horses, where day 300 isn't unusual for a healthy, normal foal... I even know people who have them born before day 300, not premature. That's why I asked ;)

Usually my mares start to get an udder about a month prior to foaling. But every mare is different!
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