Originally Posted by KyMoMoF3CuTiEs
It is so cold out today, snow and icey. Wet and goopy! I went out in the field to check on Sunshine because she is laying and looking at her back end, she got up and came to me but didn't want me to love on her as usual. Her tail raises a little and she blows. Is she having contractions? I didn't want to bother her to much as I did not want to pause labor, keeping a eye on her but, what do I do just run out and wipe baby with a towel and move them if she has it? We have never really had foals when its been this cold.
If it's snowy and icey and goopy out, unless you want to deal with foal pneumonia and $1000 vet bill, I'd move her into a warm stall now. Once baby is delivered, and has stood and nursed, you can wipe with a towel to dry him. Vets recommend you allow the foal to shiver for a while because that helps clear their lungs of any meconium or aminiotic fluid that's in there. Once the baby has stood and nursed, you can put a foal blanket on him and he'll stay nice and warm. In nasty weather I don't let them out until it clears up.
It does sound as though your mare may be in the early stages of labor, I'd move her now.