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  • My mare is in foal but looks like she is not
  • Mare due to foal, this is my first....help!

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    03-04-2013, 10:20 PM
  #11
Trained
Your mom's mare is a very attractive horse, she will probably have a nice foal. Relax, horses have been foaling by themselves for eons. Sounds like you made her surroundings as safe as possible and are doing proper prenatal care. You're doing all you can do, and I am sure she will present you with a healthy foal with no complications. But have the vet on speed dial just in case.
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    03-04-2013, 10:26 PM
  #12
Weanling
Subbing so I can follow along! Good on you for trying to do right by this mare & foal. :) I wish you all the best.
     
    03-04-2013, 10:28 PM
  #13
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Originally Posted by waresbear    
Your mom's mare is a very attractive horse, she will probably have a nice foal. Relax, horses have been foaling by themselves for eons. Sounds like you made her surroundings as safe as possible and are doing proper prenatal care. You're doing all you can do, and I am sure she will present you with a healthy foal with no complications. But have the vet on speed dial just in case.
Thank you, I hope she does but she is a maiden (most likely) and I have no experience foaling mares, plus I have no idea of her breeding date, hence my idea of borrowing a foaling alarm off a friend.
I guess I'm worrying because I don't know who the sire is, there are 3 possibilities (that I know of) 2 are appaloosas, and one is a tb, and they were already the height of her when I saw them as yearlings/just over yearlings. I have a tendency to get stressed and anxious about situations I can't control, I'm just hoping I have everything finished by the time she goes to spit the foal out.
     
    03-05-2013, 02:01 AM
  #14
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I mustered up some energy to go out there, the two at least needed to be fed so I took a camera out with me and got what I could.
Also made progress, seems little-miss-touchy has softened off a wee bit at least for tonight about being touched on her belly and her udder, so for the first time in my life tonight I felt a horses udder

Pictures from tonight; (Is it worth putting up booby shots? They're in need of a baby-wipe and aren't very interesting, I'll put one up anyway)

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    03-05-2013, 05:02 AM
  #15
Yearling
"CRAP" lol...story of my life
She's super cute!! Good luck :) Learn as much as you can before she foals. Learn how to pull a foal if needed. And how to best prepare for emergency situations. Nothing you can do at this point. Hopefully her behavior problems were hormone related ;)
     
    03-05-2013, 05:18 AM
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"CRAP" lol...story of my life
She's super cute!! Good luck :) Learn as much as you can before she foals. Learn how to pull a foal if needed. And how to best prepare for emergency situations. Nothing you can do at this point. Hopefully her behavior problems were hormone related ;)
You and me both lol, the word "crap" seems to be appearing more and more often these days, along with other words I shall not make mention of

I am, it does help that I'm training to be a vet nurse, in an actual veterinary workplace, so I have vets right at my fingertips (though I don't usually use those ones for my horses because they're small and large animal vets)

I live on a dairy farm, so I've known how to pull a calf since I was born, assuming the technique is the same or similar I should be good. I can also spot the difference between breach position and non-breach position just by looking at the hooves as they peek out of mum.

I blimming hope her behavior problems are just hormone related cause the darn horse broke my foot a few months ago! But she was as sweet as anything tonight..

I gave her a good scratch on the head and around her ears until she stopped asking, at which point she shifted forwards and waved her big bum in my face.. Apparently bending around to get it herself is all too much effort now hehe

So many emotions from my side though, never expected that... I'm excited bt nervous, though also peeved off at the naiive-ness(for lack of a better word) of the previous owner.
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    03-05-2013, 05:24 AM
  #17
Weanling
Good on you for taking this mare on and also for getting her checked.

I would suggest sticking with the breeda, it's the best option we have here and my mare was on it for her entire pregnancy and still is while she is feeding Piper.

Where abouts in NZ are you? Feel free to PM me with any questions as I can help give some NZ based advice. :)

It was my first time having a foal last year, so I know how you feel :)

The internet and this forum is a wealth of advice.

Good luck.
     
    03-05-2013, 05:31 AM
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Good on you for taking this mare on and also for getting her checked.

I would suggest sticking with the breeda, it's the best option we have here and my mare was on it for her entire pregnancy and still is while she is feeding Piper.

Where abouts in NZ are you? Feel free to PM me with any questions as I can help give some NZ based advice. :)

It was my first time having a foal last year, so I know how you feel :)

The internet and this forum is a wealth of advice.

Good luck.
I didn't particularly want a foal dropping out on me one day with either mum or baby or both in a bad way or worse so I thought I had better get her checked one way or another.

Oh cool, that's good to hear from another Kiwi then as I (obviously) haven't had experience having to feed broodmare feed.

I really should be asleep lol but I'm sick and wide awake -_-

It is and I'm glad everyones being so nice, cause I've done everything I can and I panic a little when I watch some of the other breeding threads on here but I thought i'd risk it anyway
     
    03-19-2013, 04:22 AM
  #19
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Well, tonight was a little different. No change in her body shape or size, but her behaviour tonight was seriously wierd for her.

Now, I've seen her bite at her belly when the foal kicks, but I have never seen a horse in my life, do what she did tonight, and I can't find anything on google or a video of another horse doing the same thing......

I fed her and Mitchell, DJ is getting 2kg of mitavite Breeda each day in total, and the two are separated at feeding time so I know wo is getting exactly what.
After feeding, her belly started going nuts and she bit at it a few times.... But then it started to rain and get cold, so I put a cover on each horse. Mitch was fine, carried on as usual. But when I put the cover on d, she stood there pissed with her ears pinned giving me a death stare but standing still, so I carried on. As soon as I had finished putting the cover on and stepped back, she started rodeo spinning and biting at her belly.... But this was different.. She is a thoroughbred who has never done rodeo in her life, and when I say she was spinning, I don't mean the average rodeo spin, you know, planting a back hoof and pivoting around on that with the front end being the end that goes around.... No. She had one front leg planted firmly on the ground, and had her entire back end pivoting around her planted front end, while still biting her belly and swishing her tail, and still at the speed of a rodeo spin. I wish I had a camera on me now but I didn't.
When she stopped spinning, she kept biting her belly, so I walked up and undid the cover, and took it off, she had clearly just told me she didnt want that cover on. After taking the cover off, I stood and watched for a minute, while her belly still jumped around just in front of the flank at the bottom, and she kept biting her belly. When that stopped, she walked over to Mitch and huddled up to him and he let her.. Usually if I'm there he will not let her near him and will go in to full attack mode, but he stood quietly and tucked his head over hers..
I'm going to check on her before I go to bed, I just think its really strange what she did, so thought I would post.
     
    03-19-2013, 10:35 AM
  #20
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That is quite the reaction lol
Can you post up picture updates? Would love to see more of her ;)
     

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