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    04-07-2012, 03:17 PM
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Question When will my mare foal?

This past Thanksgiving my boyfriend and I recieved an urgent call from a friend of ours asking us if we could take on their horses. Both the parents in the house were working and the children (oldest being 12 and youngest being 2) were not feeding or watering the 2 horses in question. We had been around both of the horses a time or two and we did not want to see either of them started or dehidrated more than they were so we rushed the 50 miles with the horse trailer and our stud to go get them without question. We brought them back and did what needed to be done to get the horses healthy again and are now healthier than ever, and very beautiful horses. I must say right here that I have not had any expiernce with horses in my life up until about a year ago. I do a lot of research so that I can do what needs to be done to take care of all 5 of our horses. They are well taken care of! We were told that there was a chance that the mare may be pregnant. As time went on we quickly learned that she was infact pregnant. I have still been doing the research, but expanded my research onto pregnant mares. I think she may foal out soon, and even with the research I have done I still feel like I do not know all that I need to watch for or what I need to do. I realize that some of you may not agree with any of this, and for that I understand that. I am looking for any advice that I can get on this topic. I appreciate all the help. Thank you and God bless!
     
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    04-07-2012, 03:51 PM
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When was she last bred? It'd give us at least an idea and a timeline.
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    04-07-2012, 03:51 PM
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I think your best bet in this case is to get the vet out and have her palpitated. The vet will be able to give you a better idea of when she might be due.

I hope that all horses in question that are male and intact have since been gelded? You mentioned that you're new to horses, but have a stud. I don't mean to be rude, but that doesn't seem like a good combo, to me.
     
    04-07-2012, 04:01 PM
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I do not know when she was last bred. She is quite large now and her (sorry I don't know exactly what it's called) milk sack is getting very big too. I have not noticed any waxing yet though. Where the side of her stomach meets her back leg it looks like she is getting skinny now. The past month she hasn't been doing a lot of walking, just kind of slowing walking, except the past 2 days, and every time I check on her she runs a lot now. I don't know if that means anything at all, but those are the biggest changes I have seen in the past month or so.
     
    04-07-2012, 04:05 PM
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
I think your best bet in this case is to get the vet out and have her palpitated. The vet will be able to give you a better idea of when she might be due.

I hope that all horses in question that are male and intact have since been gelded? You mentioned that you're new to horses, but have a stud. I don't mean to be rude, but that doesn't seem like a good combo, to me.
Both of the ''grown'' horses have been gelded yes. I have a yearling that has not been gelded, and my boyfriend does not want him gelded. I should mention that my boyfriend knows quite a bit about horses, he's been a horse rancher, he's broke horses, and has taken care of horses all his life. The only thing he doesn't really about is foaling. That was the females jobs in his family. I am not offened at all by your concerns and I do not take it as being rude and I don't take it wrong.
     
    04-07-2012, 04:11 PM
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Good good. Just making sure, as beginners and studs rarely end well.

Honestly, I would get the vet out to check your mare. Some mares will bag up a month or two in advance of foaling. Others won't bag up until a week or two before they foal.

Do you have any pics of her, by chance?

Also, because I failed to do it in my first post...welcome to HorseForum!
     
    04-07-2012, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by DaiziMae    
This past Thanksgiving my boyfriend and I recieved an urgent call from a friend of ours asking us if we could take on their horses. Both the parents in the house were working and the children (oldest being 12 and youngest being 2) were not feeding or watering the 2 horses in question. We had been around both of the horses a time or two and we did not want to see either of them started or dehidrated more than they were so we rushed the 50 miles with the horse trailer and our stud to go get them without question. We brought them back and did what needed to be done to get the horses healthy again and are now healthier than ever, and very beautiful horses. I must say right here that I have not had any expiernce with horses in my life up until about a year ago. I do a lot of research so that I can do what needs to be done to take care of all 5 of our horses. They are well taken care of! We were told that there was a chance that the mare may be pregnant. As time went on we quickly learned that she was infact pregnant. I have still been doing the research, but expanded my research onto pregnant mares. I think she may foal out soon, and even with the research I have done I still feel like I do not know all that I need to watch for or what I need to do. I realize that some of you may not agree with any of this, and for that I understand that. I am looking for any advice that I can get on this topic. I appreciate all the help. Thank you and God bless!
I have to ask.....why did you take your stud????
     
    04-07-2012, 04:14 PM
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
Good good. Just making sure, as beginners and studs rarely end well.

Honestly, I would get the vet out to check your mare. Some mares will bag up a month or two in advance of foaling. Others won't bag up until a week or two before they foal.

Do you have any pics of her, by chance?

Also, because I failed to do it in my first post...welcome to HorseForum!
I can go get some pictures of her, I want some anyway lol. Is there anything specific I should focus on when getting the pictures? And thank you for the concern and welcoming!
     
    04-07-2012, 04:16 PM
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A full side-on pic for starters. Also, a pic from square-on behind with her tail down. Move her tail to one side and try to get a pic of her vulva (slackening of the vulva is also another sign of impending foaling). If she'll let you, try to get a pic of her udder.
     
    04-07-2012, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Ripper    
I have to ask.....why did you take your stud????
I took on the first one because I have always been intersted in horses and wanted to learn. The people I got him from had 17 horses and where they were moving to would only allow them to have 5. The other one I took in and rescued. It was either my boyfriend and I take him or him and the mare would die. Both of the studs are now geldings and are doing wonderful!
     

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