Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Maidens can be very decieving...
My mare was a maiden when we bred her (several years ago). The morning before she foaled, I checked her and there was no back, no waxing, no softness/squishiness around the tail-head, etc... Nothing. Nada.
I had been invited to go stay with my cousins for the night, so I thought, ok, she's still got a few days, sure, I'll go visit my cousins. So I went and stayed the night with them (in another town about a half-hours drive away). The next morning at around 6am my great grandmother calls and says "Your horse had its baby. Your uncle just called me and told me. She had it in the pasture beside his house a few minutes ago."
You can imagine that I FLEW back home with my cousins in tow and lo and behold, my mare had decided to have her foal in the worst place in the entire pasture, right in the middle of my uncle's ''junkyard' (my uncle parked his old/wrecked cars in the pasture beside his house back then). I had been planning on bringing her into the Lot behind our house for her to foal... instead, she foaled in a fifty acre pasture with several other horses and cows as an audience...
Dakota (the foal) was still wet when I got there and hadn't even stood up for the first time yet.
Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (1994 TWH mare), Dakota (2006 TWH gelding), Jo (2012 TWH filly) & Minnie (1992 Paint mare)