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bellah32 08-25-2012 09:49 PM

how long do I have to wait for this foal
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Hi all I am new here, I have a mini about to foal this is her 4th and my first. I am not accurate with exact dates but know she fell in aug;sep last year. I am locking her in at night and have to put her in 2.5x2.5m wooden shed near house as the barn is tin and alarm does not work in there. I do not want to lock her in if she still has weeks to go but as I have not had foal before I am locking her in at night. I let her be with gelding during day as they are very close and get upset when apart. Let me know what you think from pics please. Thank you

kccjer 08-25-2012 10:00 PM

It looks like she's getting close. I can't tell from the pics, but you should notice a waxy substance "plugging" her teats a few days before she actually foals. Also....gestation takes about 11 months in a horse....sooooo Aug/Sept you should see a baby soon. Be prepared that you will probably NOT get to see it born. I have yet to see one of my babies born despite checking constantly. Most have been born at night too.....

FeatheredFeet 08-26-2012 11:59 AM

She does look close. You need to keep a close eye on her 24/7 now. Why don't you know her breeding date? Did someone else actually breed this mare?

She needs to be in a dry, safe place. Have you your foaling kit ready? Is she up to date on her pre-foaling shots? Minis often have major foaling problems, so I hope you have read up on foaling problems in Minis and have your Vet's number handy.

This poor girl needs a rest. I know you didn't ask, but she's not breeding quality and there are thousands of unwanted Minis about now. Please don't breed her again. And don't feed her white bread in the mud. I know many in Europe do feed tons of white bread to their horses, but it's not particularly good for them.


bellah32 08-26-2012 05:23 PM

Hi Lizzie, I dont know her exact breeding date as when I had stallion separated he escaped a few times and got to her. I have read a lot and spoke to a few people and yes the vet as well and all I can do has been done. I don't know where you are but I have never heard of mini's being unwanted I love her and the now gelding who is a shetlandx. I hardly feed her bread at all I just did then as I was getting a pic of underneath and I had bread handy. She is in my house yard that has plenty of shelter around although she doesnt go under it. I did have her locked in barn but I get no signal for foal alarm and she does not like going in there and gets upset and I have read that her getting upset is not good she needs to be happy. I plan to move her and foal straight in barn when she foals. I have spoke to several mini breeders who say that she is fine in weather as long as she is warmed up with hay daily and is moved if foals. I do watch her all the time and if she is not happy I move her. I have been letting her in paddock with gelding during the day as they do not like to be apart. I do not intend to breed her again as she has already been bred a few times and my stallion is now a gelding.

FeatheredFeet 08-26-2012 06:18 PM

In the US, there are thousands of Minis being bred. The majority not good quality. Many end up in auctions or being given away. Many lead miserable lives with people who do not understand Minis.

I am glad you have all your ducks in a row and your mare will foal well and produce a lovely baby for you.


bellah32 08-26-2012 08:01 PM

Things strange today with mare foal alarm went off at 5am I went out and she was rubbing backside hard on fence. I just went out again it few hours since and she rubbing hard and stamping back legs then relaxes and gets sleepy I notice what looks like big breaths and can see backside and flanks moving everytime and she lifts tail. I cannot see any different under her tail. She notices this big breaths and turns to look and it does not look like her doing the big breaths when I look at her face. She then goes for a quiet walk and lifts tail now and then she has done a big cow pattie poo (she did a few of those poos the other day but not as big as this one). I have not noticed any frequent urination and she is still eating as normal. Just don't know if this is a true sign but I certainly hope it is as it is morning here and be perfect to have it during day light.

Country Woman 08-28-2012 01:37 PM

I hope your foal comes soon

FeatheredFeet 09-09-2012 11:45 AM

Any updates on this Mini and her foal?


Wheatermay 09-20-2012 02:56 AM

Baby yet? We want pics, lol...

Spotted 09-20-2012 03:55 AM

you should separate her from the gelding. Most mares don't want other horses around when they are going to foal. I have also heard that geldings may kill the baby.

Sounds like she is getting the baby into position. Im predicting one more week.

Also there is nothing wrong with feeding bread. I know several people who feed bread and their horses are stunning. However it is fattening. and if you feed bread then don't give grain.
Enjoy your new baby.
P.S. after the foal is born she will not want that gelding near her or her baby. So I would separate them now.
good luck

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