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post #41 of 1194 Old 03-01-2013, 01:35 PM
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Went out this morning to check on her. Her bag is bigger, but her backend is back to normal. So a few more days??? Not sure but, my father in law and grandfather says this is her first foal. So we need to step up the watch a bit.
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Yep, if she's maiden, throw the rule book out the window. She could wax, she could not wax, she could bag up or NOT, she could get mushy in the back end, she could stay pretty firm, she could ......well, you get the picture. With maidens, I've been able to get realllly close to when they'll go, and still missed it by minutes to hours. One mare, I had in the barn on camera and watched her the first night and she wasn't the least bit interested in foaling. I fell asleep at 5 am and woke up a 7:30 am and guess what was staring into the camer? Yep, a BABY. Then I had another maiden, in the barn on the camera and the power went out for 10 mins. I walked out to check on her, because that's a guaranteed way to get them to foal, and guess what was already standing when I got to the barn? And the barn isn't even a football field away from my house. Yep, another BABY! LOL! So, I'd put her on every 2-3 hr checks from now on, until you get a 'gut' feeling.

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I have that feeling now, but I am so scared because she 12! That probably makes my gut feeling of its about that time worse than it is.
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I have that feeling now, but I am so scared because she 12! That probably makes my gut feeling of its about that time worse than it is.
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You know, 12 isn't all that old and these mares have been dropping foals for thousands of years without our help. Thank God! But I understand your concern, it's always scary when you're not sure what to expect. I would just start setting an alarm for about every 3 hrs during the day and then the same at night for a day or 2 and see how she's progressing. If you get really worried you can always check sooner, but at least this way you get some sleep. I've kind of perfected the art of sleeping in the recliner and just waking up enough to check the monitor real quick and then go right back to sleep. Until I think we're at THE DAY, then it's 24 hrs on vigil.
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I have that feeling now, but I am so scared because she 12! That probably makes my gut feeling of its about that time worse than it is.
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last spring my oldest sister was doing foal watch for her 18 yr old maiden mare. Started sleeping in the barn a couple nights before her mare reached 320 days. About day 323, she got up in the morning after yet another night of frequent checks with no changes, turned her mares out into their paddock for their breakfast and left for work. About 4 hours later, one of the other boarders called her up to congratulate her on her baby... Um, yeah, she had a hard time staying within the speed limits while driving to the barn where she boarded and there a baby stood, wobbly legged and nursing from mom. She found the birth took place on their hay pile/breakfast and everything was perfect with mom and her little colt, but she missed the whole thing
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Thanks! I will spaz more before its over I'm sure :) I know she's not old, but it would hurt so bad if something happens to her. Thanks again for talking with me!
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Yeah, 12 isn't so bad. My mare was 17 when she had Lilly. And similar to these other stories, I too missed the birth! I was a teenager and was out constantly, every night, checking on that mare. A friend of mine living in the city invited me over for the weekend. My thought was "Sure, why not. It's not like she's EVER going to drop that foal" and of course, it was THAT weekend, she decided to foal! The only consolation I had was that everyone missed it. My parents looked out the window and there was a foal standing outside.
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Thanks! I will spaz more before its over I'm sure :) I know she's not old, but it would hurt so bad if something happens to her. Thanks again for talking with me!
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LOL! Oh yeah, and here's the BEST sneaky mare story I've got. Last year my experienced broodie, KB, was going to foal that night. I knew it like I know where I live. So, I put her out in the yard between the big barn and the little foaling barn so I could clean her stall and re-bed it with straw, and didn't realize my husband was bringing in the stallions. He left the gate open and KB shot out threw that gate into the stallion pasture like she was shot from a cannon. It was snowy and muddy and ugly out, and what did she do? Laid down and dropped that foal in a mud puddle and was back on her feet like nothing happened the minute he hit the ground. SNEAKY HEFFAH! Didn't want an audience so she went to EXTREMES!

Mom and foal were fine!

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I like sneaky mare stories! They make me feel better! I know she will be fine! I can't wait!
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I have a 12 year old maiden due anytime now. 12 really isnt that old. My vet said 14/15 would be pushing it for a maiden. But my mare had a full exam before i made the decision to breed her.

She's been handling pregnancy well. 321 days today!
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I bred a mare to foal at 14 maiden at due date.
Had her on watch for a week, myself and my neighbor who was super excited traded days. It was my night, I knew she was about to pop, fully bagged and streaming milk. I was going out every 30 mins to check when it started pouring rain. Went in, watched half a movie and ate a pizza... Guess what was standing next to her when I went back out? Yeah, I was only gone for 30 mins!!! I bet she dropped her the second I turned around to walk to the house!!! Had a healthy beautiful filly!

Hang in there!!
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