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post #271 of 817 Old 01-13-2014, 09:17 PM
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all the baby bumps look good!! I got to see my girl today. She was so happy to see me she came running when I whistled. I think she was more than a little disappointed when she didn't get any goodies. ... and you can see why!!(that dish is just an empty one she was flipping around) I SWEAR she has a hippo in there!
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post #272 of 817 Old 01-13-2014, 09:19 PM
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*** sorry for the awkward photos... they look better on my phone
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post #273 of 817 Old 01-13-2014, 10:21 PM
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Wow, she has got a thick coat DarkPony! She might even have Lilly beat... might. I was able to go out and snap a few of the lovely lady yesterday afternoon. She is looking about the same, but we're in the last 3 months now, so I'm sure I'm going to start seeing some pretty remarkable changes here shortly.

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I think she wins the award for "Most-Lopsided"

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post #274 of 817 Old 01-14-2014, 02:52 AM
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Looking good everyone! Don't worry vbl - dee went through a stage like that and i was sure she slipped. :) she hadn't.

No pictures(sorry!) but I can see foalie moving in dees belly . It's so magical! She's 243 days and my god is it getting exciting!

I'll take some pics this weekend but my laptop died :(. Dee is very barrel like a day substantial in the trunk now. Xxx
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post #275 of 817 Old 01-14-2014, 09:28 AM
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So what do you all think I should do as far as feeding goes? She's overweight, but should I really be cutting back once she needs more to meet requirements of the growing baby? As I said before, she does get good quality free choice hay. And I can't do much about that because she's not in my care. I'm planning on moving her to the barn where I board my gelding in April so I can keep a closer eye on her. At that point she will still have 80 days or so left. I just want to make sure she's getting everything she needs, but I know it's harder for them to foal when their overweight!
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That foal will grow a pound a day in the last trimester. She is going to need a good balanced diet and even if she is overweight she will probably loose some during that time.
If she looses condition it will be very difficult to keep her in good condition especially after the foal arrives.
I would feed her small amounts and then in the last trimester start increasing her ration.
The mare that was fat that foaled this year lost weight but still looks good. Shalom
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So what do you all think I should do as far as feeding goes? She's overweight, but should I really be cutting back once she needs more to meet requirements of the growing baby? As I said before, she does get good quality free choice hay. And I can't do much about that because she's not in my care. I'm planning on moving her to the barn where I board my gelding in April so I can keep a closer eye on her. At that point she will still have 80 days or so left. I just want to make sure she's getting everything she needs, but I know it's harder for them to foal when their overweight!
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I would ask your vet. I talked to mine about Lilly and she said to keep feeding for maintenance in the first and second trimesters and the demands from the foal would cause her to shed the extra pounds she was carrying at that time. However, that was waaay back when she was 25 days in foal. This probably isn't an uncommon question and your vet will probably have some good advice to give. It's a tough balance in a colder climate too; you want to make sure you're giving them enough calories to stay warm!
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I would ask your vet. I talked to mine about Lilly and she said to keep feeding for maintenance in the first and second trimesters and the demands from the foal would cause her to shed the extra pounds she was carrying at that time. However, that was waaay back when she was 25 days in foal. This probably isn't an uncommon question and your vet will probably have some good advice to give. It's a tough balance in a colder climate too; you want to make sure you're giving them enough calories to stay warm!
Exactly. I am sick of winter already!! Can't wait for spring.. And all the babies!!
I guess I will ask him what he thinks when he comes out to do the coggins in the next couple weeks. My farrier might have some opinions , so I will ask her too
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my girls starting to get big, and still has 4ish months to go!
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post #280 of 817 Old 01-14-2014, 11:09 PM
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I thought I'd put two pictures on just for comparison. The first is before being covered. The second is from 160 days :) .. you just saw the second one but its fun to look at the side-by-side.
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