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post #51 of 1194 Old 03-01-2013, 10:25 PM
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Im actually so glad to hear all these stories!!! Im afraid to go to work right now because my maiden mare has started to bag up....Im going out once an hour while im home and she just looks at me like im a ******....a ****** with treats...lol I know I will prob miss it....but I really don't want to....and Im soooo worried that something will go wrong...Ive got the foaling kit ready..etc etc...ughhhhhhhhhh lol
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post #52 of 1194 Old 03-01-2013, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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So, me and hubby was talking. He said it would be better to let her foal in the field. So we shut the back gate to where its about 2 acres up here right by the house and let her out. He said once she foals then place her in the stall. What do you think? He thinks she will be more relaxed and comforted out because she is new to here and thinks it is just a better idea. I can check her with a flash light from my porch through the night this way. Where are you all's mares?
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So, me and hubby was talking. He said it would be better to let her foal in the field. So we shut the back gate to where its about 2 acres up here right by the house and let her out. He said once she foals then place her in the stall. What do you think? He thinks she will be more relaxed and comforted out because she is new to here and thinks it is just a better idea. I can check her with a flash light from my porch through the night this way. Where are you all's mares?
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For my mom's horses, she has several paddocks with large, 3 sided shelters. She opens up the paddock's gate to the pasture during the day and shuts them into the paddock at night. This way she does not stumble around in the dark searching for the expectant mares all over a 10 acre pasture that is anything but flat ground

Letting her out in the pasture during the day and stalling her at night is the easier method for frequent checks and allows her to move around to get some exercise during the day. Same thing my sister did with that 18 yr old maiden I mentioned earlier. Easy to check on her at night while in a stall but foaled out in the large paddock with her own dam as her midwife while my sister had left for work because she thought the mare was still holding out
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post #54 of 1194 Old 03-02-2013, 12:45 AM
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I have a 75 X 125 yard for daytime and then at night they go into their foaling stall. I have a camera hooked up that transmits to my t.v., so I can watch tv and switch over to the monitor mode if I want or I can just watch the monitor. We let her out in the yard during the day with hay and water, if it's nice, and at night we put her in. I keep the same routine until the foal is old enough to go out to pasture with the other horses, then I introduce them back into the herd until it's time to wean the foal.

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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.

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If it's cold and icy, personally i'd put her in her stable for tonight, just to be on the safe side xx Good luck xx
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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.
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I got her up. She didn't want any part of it and is pacing. She was kinda rude. :( Didn't want me to touch her. All I got was a picture of her belly, it looks to be in a small v from away but up real close not so much. Also it looks as though the movement of the foal is very minimal but, her stomach tightens and she blows. I set and watched her from away for about an hour. Ugh! She's probably just laughing at me and saying ha she is going to have a sleepless night. Load picture of belly when I get in.
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Sounds like she is close!!! Good luck!!!
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Big belly hanging :) that's all I could get because she was moving around so fast. As she don't like my camera I have to use my phone.
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