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Nala14 07-18-2012 12:33 AM

Gypsy's Foaling Thread
Hi every one! I just signed up for this thread, so I hope i posted this in the right section!?
I have a pregnant mare that is due soon and decided to make her a foaling thread! So here is her story.....
Gypsy is my 12 year old paint mare, I have owned her for about 4 months after buying her from a rescue. Gypsy was rescued after her owners abandoned her in a feild for 6 months along with a stallion and one other mare. When i bought her she was about 100 pounds or so underweight and we had really no good idea of when she was due. Of course we had the vet out and now she is due any time with in the next 2-3 weeks! She got on a proper diet and gained all the weight in just a couple months and is now beautiful and perfectly healthy! :) Unfortunatly despite my efforts I could not find out if she or the stalllion is registered, but I love her just the same!
She is bred to a black, gaited Paso Fino stallion! This will be my first foal so love any tips/facts or anything like that! I have done extensive reading, have my foaling kit ready to go and my vets # on hand, so i feel pretty ready but getting oppinions on her "signs" would be really helpful! :)
So far Gypsy has the start of a small bag and cloudy white milk that is released easily. I beleive the foal might be dropped and around her tail head is jellowy like. I use 6 way pool test strips to test her milks calcium and Ph levels. Currently her calcium is 250 and her ph is 7.8. So im hoping for a foal with in 2 weeks or so!! I will try to add some pictures asap. Thank you for any helpful comments/advice/tips/suggestions!! :)

Nala14 07-18-2012 02:31 PM

So here is a few pics from this morning! Sorry they are nit that great, they were taken on my phone! ;P She still has no obvious physical changes. :/ How long do you guys think?! I know its hard to tell in pics but any guesses or oppinions? Thanks!

ThirteenAcres 07-18-2012 02:55 PM

Welcome to the thread. Good for you for taking her in and rehabbing her through her pregnancy.

Unfortunately the pics didn't work. I like to use photobucket and upload them that way.

Nala14 07-18-2012 04:55 PM

Thanks :) and I will try again with the pics!

Nala14 07-18-2012 07:05 PM

Pictures! Hope they work!
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Here is try #2 for todays pics! :) Sorry it took so long, It took for ever for me to figure out to get them uploaded!! lol ;) The only change, which could be nothing, is she has been holding her tail up ALOT today and acting a litttle more...irritable? If you have any comments or ideas of when she might foal id love to hear them!! :)

SoldOnGaited 07-18-2012 07:39 PM

Goodness...get out there with a net to catch the baby! LOL kidding. She looks a lot more ready than mine EVER did. Still hard to say when she will foal though...soon. :wink:

She's a beauty (I may be partial to black and whites hee hee)

ThirteenAcres 07-18-2012 07:44 PM

Aww! Yep. Looks like baby will be along soon enough. But then, ask some of our HF regulars. Some of the forum mates defy all odds of the universe keeping their babies secret.
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sommsama09 07-18-2012 07:47 PM

Subbing :grin:

Nala14 07-18-2012 08:13 PM

Thanks every one, I thought she was looking very close as well but my riding instructer thinks not for 2-2 1/2 weeks so than i thought maybe it was just wishful thinking! lol! So for fun any one want to guess the date/time/gender? My guess was July 24th at 6:03 Am, colt! :) Btw I will try and update after I do her milk test in about an hour or so! Any one used the pool strips? If so how long did your mares ph stay at 7.8 ish?
P.s "SoldOnGaited" your profile pic looks just like Gypsy, they could be siblings!!

Nala14 07-18-2012 09:57 PM

Ok, so i just got the results of her milk test, still at 250 calcium and some where between 7.2-7.8 ph. Closer to 7.8, but she has a totaly different personality all the sudden..she usually is sweet as pie and could care less if we milk her but now she is being a pest! I went to milk her and she would pin her ears and lift leg like she was threatning to kick, or she would wip her tail at me!? What could this mean?

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