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        11-21-2013, 04:05 PM

    My aunt passed and left me her three horses. Now I've seen these guys give some people issues, according to my aunt it was just me and her who could get them easily. The shippers helped to disprove that, they had no issues. Any way on to my problem(s).

    1. Sugar, the in foal to unknown stallion mare, is due much sooner then I thought. My vet thinks that she may foal as early as mid January. She doesn't look like she is going to have a foal at all. I've knocked down the one stall divider to give her more room for her and the foal. What can I do to help further prepare for this foal? This is my first one and I've been given a lot of books by several friends so I have some clue on what to do.

    2. My Aunt's had Sugar, Rico and Sarge micro chipped. How do I get the info on the chip changed so that it is my info and not my aunt's?
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        11-21-2013, 04:47 PM
    Green Broke
    Your aunt's vet should be able to tell you how to change the micro chip info out who can do it for you.

    For mares in foal I prefer the be on pasture as much as possible. Being in better physical shape often equals easier foaling. I only put them up when they are very close and then at night or if I have to be gone for several hours.
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        11-21-2013, 05:16 PM
    She has been out all day, though I've always brought my horses in at night. I don't use the same vet as my aunt did, we live in totally different areas. So should I contact the old vet for the info?
        11-21-2013, 05:39 PM
    I can't really help about the micro chip other than to talk to your vet. As for your mare make sure that she is getting plenty of feed. She will need it! It will also help you to become as familiar with her as possible. Each mare is an individual and her clues to when she will foal will not always be what they say they will be in the books. If you know her personality and when she's not acting like herself you might be able to predict her foaling time better.
    Also don't rely on that old saying that a mare will only foal in the early mornings. My mares first foal (and mine a well) was born around 2 in the afternoon!
        11-21-2013, 05:50 PM
    Should I be kind of worried that she doesn't seem to have a baby bump? She looks like a normal Saddlebred right night, straight down to her giraffe neck. Or, will that change as the due date approaches?
        11-21-2013, 08:38 PM
    She should change a bit more. Keep looking at the bottom of her tummy a point will start to appear the closer to her due date she gets. That will be the baby's butt. Remember that if this is her first foal she may not get that "double wide" look.
        11-21-2013, 08:43 PM
    Its not, her first one was a planned foal. This one was unplanned and stallion unknown, he jumped the fence is all I know.
        11-21-2013, 10:16 PM
    Green Broke
    I wondered if you weren't far from where your aunt lived.

    I would call the vet she used... if you know who that was. If not, I'd at least try asking my own.

    Hope the pregnant mare has an easy delivery and you get a nice foal out of her.

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