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post #21 of 178 Old 03-25-2012, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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According to vet ultrasound, today is 3-5 weeks left

So today I worked at my job at the college from 7:45 this morning til about 3 this afternoon, so I didn't get to the stable til about 4. Granted I was there at 6:45 this morning to feed Hunny, but it isn't like I was there for a long time to give her lovin So I was there at 4 to give her more hay to munch on, but since the stupid posse of fake cowboys was there, I left lol I went back at about 7 this evening, and there was only one other person besides me there :) ahh peace at last!

It was chilly out, so I brewed myself some chamomile tea, and went to the stable! I just curried Hunny for a bit since I didn't ride (I have been grooming her for like an hour a day lately, I love grooming, it's a bit of an obsession )

So anyways, onto what you guys are really reading this for...Hunny has been kicking at her belly lots the past 2 days; she has also been stomping at the ground and using her tail as a lethal weapon. It is the violent stomping and kicking that they usually do in fly season, so my guess is that she is just really uncomfortable with how baby is lying. This is the other reason I have been grooming her so much lately, she seems uncomfortable. She has been coughing a lot lately too. I was worried at first, but a friend at the stable assured me that the baby is probably just pushing against her lungs. The coughing has been going on the same amount of time as the stomping and kicking, so they are most likely related.

Her bag is at the same amount of fullness that it has been at for about the last week, so no changes there. The only real bodily changes I have seen in her is the agitation and coughing. She and I are still going on walks, although riding has ceased for her comfort. I have been bringing my homework to the stable to watch her and read at the same time, and it is a very nice study environment :) I recommend it to anyone that has a quiet stable during the day!

Here are some photos of Hunny that I took yesterday while we were on the romp for the day. I am not a fan of the photos because they make her look skinny in the front and she is actually pretty built :/ but oh well. She is getting the amount of hay the vet said to feed her at this point, plus a little teensy bit more just because if she has extra in her pen she can eat it whenever she wants, which she usually does leave it until she wants it :)
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post #22 of 178 Old 03-25-2012, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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First baby of the season!

The baby isn't mine...but here is the first baby of the season at the stable! I have also included some photos of Hunny that I took today so you can see her belly and bag :) Excuse her for looking like a complete moron in the one photo- I take the blame for that one lol
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post #23 of 178 Old 03-25-2012, 10:08 PM
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That baby is adorable! Hunny is so pretty, can't wait to see her foal!
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post #24 of 178 Old 03-25-2012, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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that baby is way new! as in it wasnt there at 9 this morning even new. I put that baby at being only 5 hours old maybe..
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I love babies! Definitely subbing...

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post #26 of 178 Old 03-25-2012, 11:12 PM
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Subbing to see Hunny's adorable baby!
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post #27 of 178 Old 03-25-2012, 11:41 PM
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Excited to see the baby! :) I love foals... way too cute!
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post #28 of 178 Old 03-26-2012, 02:11 AM
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Awww, you're mare looks close to days and not weeks close.... but I may be wrong, lol. Are you planning on staying at the barn when you think she is getting ready to have it?
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post #29 of 178 Old 03-26-2012, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
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Whether I stay or not depends on the weather. If anything I will stay in the bunk house and wake up occasionally to check on her. The barn with the foaling stalls isn't heated, but we have a big heater we can turn on.

Yeah her bag is full, but her butt hasn't sunk in and her tail still isn't relaxed! She still gives me a lot of resistance when I mess around with her. Also her vulva is still normal. The only difference in her demeanor is the kicking, coughing, and she has been laying down a lot.

It is supposed to be rainy and crappy here for the next few days so I really hope she waits a few weeks to have it when it is warmer out, or at least when the barn is empty so I can put her next door pen mate in with her. (he's this old fart of a quarter horse named Bumper that we all absolutely adore) I can't get any milk out of her bag, and she isn't waxing at all. Her bag is still pretty hard, does that mean milk or that it's producing milk? I'm watching for her muscles to relax, that is going to the sign I look for before I start to worry uncontrollably. lol
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post #30 of 178 Old 03-26-2012, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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What today brought

Today I put Hunny in the foaling stall for the first time so she can begin to get used to it. I had to back her into the barn which is a tad irritating, but no biggie. I left her in the stall for only a few hours, and she was fine. Hooves were also trimmed today!

Other updates: she has runny stools now, her butt is sinking in, her tail is relaxed, she is laying down a lot, and is still kicking, stomping, and coughing. Spoke to a lady at the stable today who used to work for a big breeder in Texas. She personally welcomed well over 100 foals into this world, so of course I listened to what she said. She puts Hunny at 1-3 weeks as well, and said that the day she starts waxing is the day I need to watch her like a hawk.

Since there are only 2 foaling stalls, and the weather kinda sucks right now, those of us with pregnant mares are having to rotate nights with our horses. This is going to be fun isn't it?

On a different note, something happened today that I never expected to happen. I got excited to see this baby. I blame the super cute baby that is only 24 hrs old. She is just such a doll!

Ok here are photos of Hunny from today!
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