Curly Horse Foaling Thread!
Some people might already know the story, but for those who don't I will explain. In March we got an 18 year old American Bashkir Curly mare who we were told is pregnant, due for September. When we got her I was frantic, even though September is months away.Obviously I am calmer now that she has settled in and I have gotten a better schedule. When I first got her she was still leaking from her last foal that she weaned. (Who was closing in on a year.)
Since then her milk has dried up, or at least is no longer leaking. Her udders are still quite large, from what I am assuming is just her being a broodmare a majority of her life. I am giving her grain once every day and have been keeping her well groomed. She has had her hooves trimmed and will be on a regular schedule. (For not having a trim in years she stood very well!) She needs her vaccinations and the like but I don't know what vaccinations you can give to a pregnant mare.
This will be my first foal so I am excited and a tad nervous, but since she is a seasoned professional I'd hope she can handle herself. (But I will be there if the need arises.) She was pasture bred so we aren't entirely sure when she is exactly supposed to be due.
Any advice is great is always welcome. Guesses on foal color, due date, gender, etc would also be welcomed. I [obviously] will not rely on them 100% but it's just good fun to anticipate the baby. Also light conformation critique; these aren't confo. shots but I'd just to know a bit about her. Note that when I got her she was already pregnant, so it is really too late to discredit the breeding. What is done is done.(:
And now, the most important part, pictures! ^-^
1 - Her on 3/18/12, the first day at our house.
2 - Tenakee and her foal from last year (from the same father as this one). He was a big boy! And straight coated, which was a surprise.
3 - Buddy, the stallion. He is actually a very sweet horse, and was probably the best behaved horse when I was there. He was sort of into just chillin' out, but didn't mind if you came up to him. He is actually rather short, don't let this picture fool you!
4 - Tennis shoe, as we call her :lol:, on the day after we got her.
5 - Same day, just a different end of the horse. She isn't too wide from the sides.
6 - After about a month of ownership, 4/17/12
7 - And the other side..
8 - Just to give you some perspective on her udders. I know I didn't really take the picture right, but you see how you could mistake her for being further along.
9 - She has such a draft face, her noggin' is massive!
I will update with pictures and what not when I find time. ( I have lots of time. :lol:) But also just general updates on how her settling in is going and if I groom her or work with her. There will be lots of photos up in here, as long as I remember to take them.
Based on her current size, I would be suprised if she went past July without having a foal. If she was pasture bred and in with the stallion the whole time, she could have had some false heats that she stood for him and the owners just assumed that she wasn't infoal until she stopped standing for him... Just a theory. Have you had a vet check her and determine the size of the foal or checked her for twins?
SunnyDraco - They told me that they did not want her bred, but the stallion did not like being alone so they decided to put her in with him. (Rather than breeding all the mares, he'd only breed one.) I have not had the vet out to check her, but we have to get all of our horses vaccinated so we will have to get her checked then.
Subbing! She is very pretty!
she is rather large for being due in september...
For fun, I'll say... a mid-june, palomino filly with a white blaze!
Both mom and dad are handsome. Keep the pics coming!
I'm thinking sooner than September also. Have you gotten all your foaling stuff collected? I would do that if you haven't already. Curlies are so cool-lucky you!
Today I decided after graining Tenakee that while there was a split in the weather I'd take her for a walk. Considering I haven't done much with her in the month we've had her it was quite beneficial. I hadn’t really gotten a big whiff of her personality, but now I’m pretty confident we got the pick of the litter with this one. We walked about a mile, and the whole time she was very level-headed. It had been pouring before we went so the trail was a bit muddy, but she handled it like a pro. Our only problem was that she will swing her head with no regards to whether or not there is a human in her way. I got conked on the head once pretty good, but I got after her a little and she decided that wasn’t a good idea.
I (for some reason) decided to put the bridle on her even though I was walking with her. But it was good practice, because when I first rode her she was real mouthy on the bit and a tad hard. At first she did the same, but once I adjusted the bridle to fit her correctly she cooled down. I am excited to get riding her, because unlike the others, being herd-bound wasn’t really much of a factor. I was tempted to go further on the trail into the woods, but just going over the bridge was quite mucky and she sunk in up to her fetlocks! Plus she was huffing a little and was sweaty, so I just turned around and headed for home. She also doesn’t mind dogs, which is a plus. My other horses will either run away, or try and kill them.
So not only am I excited for a baby, I am excited to be able to ride Tenakee for years to come. With her steadiness I am hoping to be able to pony the baby along with me, so I can make a trail horse out of (hopefully) her.
arrowsaway, I like that idea! I definitely wouldn't mind a nice looking palomino. I, personally, am hoping for a filly. Curl would definitely be a plus, but her last foal was a straight-coated colt (I think dun? I'm no color expert.), so anything's possible. But in the perfect world, it would be a curly filly with a blanket!<3 But a healthy foal is my main wish.
Cacowgirl, I do not yet have a foaling kit put together. But I just cruised a few websites looking for the stuff I need and I do have all of it around, I just would need to gather it into one area before Tenakee pops.
The colt looks buckskin or bay to me (can't tell from the pic if he has a dorsal stripe). Daddy looks buckskin as well.
Such a pretty mare! I love Curlies :) Everything I've heard or read about them has totally backed up what you said about her personality; every source of information claimed calm, sweet, 'born broke' horses. There are exceptions to every rule of course, but I associate 'steady' with Curlies the same way I do 'hot' with TBs, haha!
Nevreme, sometimes the breed stereotypes just seem so true! Of course Curlies have it good compared to the stereotypes with TBs and Arabs. But with my two Curly mares they both have that level head to them. (Scarlet is only 5 and Tenakee is 18, but both have that same easygoing "been there done that" personality.) They do vary, but I'd like to think that every Curly is perfect. ;)
I used a foal color calculator and these were the results. I would be quite happy with any of these! Obviously I couldn't fill out all of the fields for more accuracy, but this gives me a good idea.
Offspring Color Probability
4.17% -Smoky Black
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