The Surprise Foaling Thread for Hunny
So, a few weeks ago my lovely girls tummy dropped quite fast and her bag started filling. I of course went into mom mode and began to panic about my baby girl. One of my friends at the stable who has a lot of experience with babies and all things horse assured me that yes, she is pregnant. Now it's calving season here so trying to find a large animal vet that is free is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Good luck for me, the equine clinic had an opening...early morning on a Saturday. This happened a week ago from last Saturday. The vet gave me some alarming news, the baby is big, and at that time my darling was going to be due in 6-8 weeks. Now to put this into terms for everyone else to understand, I feel like the terrified, sick to my stomach mother of an expecting daughter that no one knew was expecting until she was almost due. I have had my horse since last July, so she was pregnant when I picked her up. At this point, all I know is that the stud was a paint, my friend that went with me to look at my horse before I bought her said that he was a great looking horse. I don't remember because of course I has my new horse goggles on and saw nothing but my girl...(don't judge me:P)
So here are some photos of her with 6-8 weeks to go! I will post photos weekly so you can all see how she looks :) Oh! and she is a 5 year old MO fox trotter mare, and I use her for trail and long distance riding. She is a first time mommy and so am I, so any advice or calming strategies are NEEDED! (I'm still freaking out a tad)
and the baby already has someone who will give it a good home as I don't have the funds for two horses. Baby will be going to a great friend of mine that loves horses and horses love her :)
Yup, it does indeed appear your girl is in the motherly way.
You have plenty of time to get ready. Read up and prep a kit for foaling....so she can freak you out and do it totally without you while you finally take a pee break one day.
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lol that made me laugh :) I am just so worried because the vet said it was a large baby at that time and she still has a few weeks to go! how much bigger can it get?! Plus she will be having it during finals time :/ so you can imagine that I will be bald by the time this whole experience is over because my hair will have been pulled out by my stressful fingers! The funny thing is that I have never panicked before about anything. I work in a hospital and have seen and done it all and have always had a level head. Been on a ride before and never panicked when something freaky goes wrong. and now my mind is in mass chaos...
Looks like you will be studying for finals next to your mare. Looking forward to pictures of another healthy mom and foal next month :D
You will all be fine in the end, it's all part of nature. Yes, I can hardly wait for baby pictures!
Is this the one that's in foal to the paint you were told was a gelding?
I'll be keeping fingers crossed hoping for an uneventful birth and waiting for pictures :D.
yes smrbobs it is. the magical paint "gelding" that magically made a baby...
5-7 weeks to go~
Ok so I took these photos yesterday, but her 5-7 week date was last Saturday. I am still riding her, she gets antsy if she doesn't go for a ride! I was nervous to ride her at first, but she won't have her exercise being me walking beside her-she likes to go on a good foxtrot trail ride :)
So here is mama with 5-7 weeks left!
Aww she's so pretty! Can't wait to see her foal!
Subbing to see more pics! Congrats :)
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