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.