A thread to make all those waiting for a due date feel better - it could be worse! :D

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A thread to make all those waiting for a due date feel better - it could be worse! :D

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  • Equine pasture bred due date
  • No idea of horse due date

View Poll Results: Is it worse to be kept waiting or not to know at all?
Kept waiting 5 33.33%
Not to know at all 10 66.67%
Don't care, I just want to stop checking [insert relevant mare's name]'s foal watch on HF and get some sleep... 0 0%
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    06-09-2012, 11:18 AM
Talking A thread to make all those waiting for a due date feel better - it could be worse! :D

So, I (like everyone else) have been eagerly joining in the current foal-watches, notably for Sequel and Sequoya. I followed Golden_Horse's link on one of those threads, all about gestation periods. And while I sympathise mightily with Piaffe and country-ryder, I now have to point out how much luckier they are than me...

I'm in the situation of not knowing when my mares were bred (four horses for the price of two, people!) and so I don't have anything better to go on than the vet's estimation of 8-9 months for one, and 5-6 months for the other (and this was on the 22nd of February). If we assume the more-pregnant-one was only 8 months on that date, she'd now be at around 348 days... and the other could be as little as 258 days! Argh! And they're in Chile, while I'm in Congo.

So basically I'm just hanging around waiting. Sigh.
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    06-09-2012, 12:08 PM
Originally Posted by AnnaHalford    
And they're in Chile, while I'm in Congo.
Oy...that is torture. You are right...we shouldn't feel so bad. At least I can go see my preggo grumps everyday

Do you have pics of your mares that you can post?
    06-09-2012, 12:40 PM
Yes, it is torture *snif*

Already posted elsewhere but hey, any excuse, right? All photos are about a month old...

Quillay (the more-pregnant one):

Rocking the winter fuzzies

Getting some eating done

And Minina, pony extraordinaire:

Looking weirdly like David Bowie

And fixing to kick someone...

I miss them
    06-09-2012, 01:00 PM
Aw...they are so cute! Do you have any idea who daddy is? Were they bred to the same stally?
    06-09-2012, 01:05 PM
I think it's worse not to know when they will go. There is so much to question and I'd drive myself crazy...
    06-09-2012, 01:56 PM
Originally Posted by Piaffe    
Aw...they are so cute! Do you have any idea who daddy is? Were they bred to the same stally?
Nope, no idea! Both were sold without the sellers knowing they were pregnant. It's going to be surprise central. Quillay came from a place which had a very handsome grey stallion a couple of fields over, but apart from that... Minina came from a trader so there's even less knowledge on her background.

I can't even play foal-colour games while I'm waiting, cos I don't know who the stud is. Sigh. Plus Minina's grey, and I have no idea of her original colour... Sigh again.

I suppose on the upside that ... no, actually I can't think of an upside
    06-09-2012, 07:37 PM
You sound like me..I have 2 mares with no known due date just estimate from vet...which both are passed 340 now..so just keep waiting!
    06-09-2012, 08:37 PM
Oh man,I feel for you! At least I have a rough idea when mine is due..
For me,it's not even so much not knowing,it's when they show signs of being ready,but drag on and on,that's where I go bananas,lol. Guess I've just been spoiled in the past by mares that followed the signs with some action,hehe.
Anyways,I hope your girls are text book. :)
    06-10-2012, 06:06 AM
Ladytaurean, I hear you. Hang in there!

And yes, countryryder, Sequoya is seriously exaggerating now. As is Sequel. I don't know how you are all staying so calm.

So anyway, rant over. Back to work and occasionally checking progress on here. Come on, ladies...
    06-10-2012, 10:28 AM
My mare was pasture bred when we bought her so and they estimated September [as a due date] but everyone we've shown her to says it has to be earlier. So the guesses range from tomorrow to three months from now. So suffice it to say, I feel your pain. Just a waiting game, I suppose. But I haven't really been driven to insanity quite yet. She has been foaling by herself in a pasture for years and has raised healthy foals. I'm just worried about my gelding being a dummy and hurting the foal. Good luck to you all! ;)

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