Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Breed of mare and stallion? size of both?
Our mare didn't get really wide until the last month.
Her udder bagged up probably three weeks prior to foaling, she was producing clear milk up until the day of foaling, never waxed from what I could tell, never had a "bloody show" in her vulva...yet she foaled. :) They don't always show all or any of the signs the same, but from what I understand the milk color is supposed to be a big indicator. Our mare was kicking her belly (looked like colic) the week before foaling.
I had read a whole stinking book about how to help if something went wrong, what to expect, etc., but in the end, our mare surprised us and foaled in between my 10pm and 1:30am checks on a day that I didn't get any signs she was even within days of foaling!
I would say read and learn about the signs, complications, and have the vet on hand anyway. :)