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    03-25-2013, 05:36 AM
I don't know anything about foaling but if the gelding is kicking at her then maybe they need to be in separate paddocks because you don't want him accidentally hurting the foal.
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    03-25-2013, 05:48 AM
Originally Posted by Misty'sGirl    
I don't know anything about foaling but if the gelding is kicking at her then maybe they need to be in separate paddocks because you don't want him accidentally hurting the foal.
If he was actually getting her then I would seperate them, but he just bucks at her, doesn't kick his back legs out, just goes up to her rump and lifts his hind end off the ground. He only does that at feeding time if I'm the one taking the buckets in.. Must be because I'm "his human" and I'm giving D all the attention etc lol.

I had fun with my stethoscope tonight listened to Ds heart and her gut noises, just cos
I've been told by people around here that if I get the right spot I should be able to hear bubs heartbeat too, but I'm still getting the hang of a stethoscope so no idea what noises are gut noises and what noises could potentially be foal
    04-10-2013, 12:27 AM
Any updates?
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    04-10-2013, 02:48 AM
No sorry, absolutely nothing and no changes... However, she did try to nail my poor farrier on sunday morning, which is rather out of character for her.

My parents STILL don't believe that she is in foal, so I found a guy that I can send some urine to(since mum and dad wont help me pay for bloods, even though they know I can pay them back as soon as I have this other crap sorted out)
So I will send some of her urine up to him, maybe tie some tampons to her tail and he will test it, then send a full report back, he does the "Wee Foal Checker" tests, but since she is most likely over the 300 day mark, the test itself could return a false negative, so he is willing to take a urine sample to his lab and test it with another test for me, for FREE!!
    04-14-2013, 06:03 AM
Lets see who is the most imaginative here and can use some ingenuity lol...

So, for the test that *should* convince my parents (since the vet wasn't able to convince them) I need to catch DJ peeing... But, that is all well and good, because she usually pees around feeding time.... Except there is no way this mare will stand still for me to catch her pee while she is peeing, been there, tried that, failed in the process....
Need a new idea, I can't tie things to her cover as she is not wearing one, and is extremely skittish with "foreign objects" after having a hard time as a youngster (has the scars to prove it), so there goes the pee catcher idea from the website.

At the moment she has tampons tied in to her tail in hopes that it will absorb some pee, while also staying in the tail and I have been taking tampons/pads in to the paddock with me every time I go, but as of yet, even though I have seen her going, I haven't been able to catch any... any Suggestions?
    04-14-2013, 09:41 AM
Sorry, no suggestions. But tying tampons to her tail....omg, I am cracking up! Genius! Lmao.
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    04-14-2013, 11:23 AM
Well, when they pee they raise their tail and squat. So I don't think it will work. Can't you watch her pee and then try and get a little from the ground as it usually puddles from my mare.
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    04-14-2013, 12:27 PM
Well I googled "how to get a urine sample from a horse" and the method that kept coming up was having a cup on the end of a stick. I would suspect you don't need much, even if you were only able to get a small amount. Other than that, I really don't know. :S
    04-14-2013, 12:28 PM
We have a mare that is very touchy when PG and doesn't like having her tummy touched at all. I've found the firmer the pressure the more tolerant she is. I start at her shoulder or top of her withers and stroke down toward her underside with firm pressure. Baby usually moves in response and she doesn't give the mean mare stare or hind leg lift that she does with soft gentle strokes. I've seen people around here come up with all sorts of contraptions and tying things like Poise Pads or menstrual pads but they move their tails when they pee so usually miss the mark. Only one I've seen work had it down to a science and would thread the top of the pad with twine and braid the twine into the tail so it would hang. It was also double sided in that the tape was removed from both backs and they were stuck together so no matter how it dangled it was absorbent. I just track when they pee and make sure they are used to me being out around just hanging with them. I keep a small cup and quickly slip it under when they do. Have to not mind getting some on you. If the horse doesn't kick I keep small bulb syringes used in cassette type PG tests or if you work in a lab/know someone that does they are usually on hand and as soon as they pee I use that in the puddle that forms on the ground before it sinks in.
    04-14-2013, 01:01 PM
If she's an ex-racehorse, I think some are trained to wee when you whistle - that makes it easy for them to give a sample at the racetrack when they test for drugs etc.

But loving the tampon trick - hope it works for you. I can see it now - tampons dangling, while you whistle and wave a cup on a stick under her belly

My mare foaled a month ago - I had no experience in foaling (and very little with horses full stop)! But clever Fox did it all by herself - phew! Here's her thread: Fox and DJ look very similar

Foxy's Foaling Thread.......

Good luck and keep us posted - I'd say from the photos, she's definitely pregnant - but what do I know xx

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