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..
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.
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!
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.
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. Posted via Mobile Device
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!
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!