Rescue horse VERY in foal... NEED ADVICE PLEEEASE! Our first baby!
Okay, I think I have read just about EVERY thread on this site and every other site on the internet. Hopefully someone here can help us.
On February 22nd I rescued a very skinny little mare. She looked like she ight have a bit of a wormy belly, so I brought her home and wormed her with 3 different wormers, all 2 weeks apart. She was supposed to be 5 years old, only I later found out from the vet when he came out to look at her that she is around 3 or maybe 4.
I called the vet out because I was concerned that she was ONLY gaining weight in her belly. (My avatar is pictures of her on April 1) He preg checked her and lo and behold... His results "Oooohh, Im bobbing its head up and down in my hand, theres a baby in there"... This was on April 4th I believe.
Now, on April the 12th (or around) she acted like she was really going to foal... tail switching, laying down, getting up, stretching, biting her belly, rubbing her tail.... LOTS of movement from the foal.. I have a video of her that night here: Dusty at One True Media - share slideshows, slide shows, Facebook slideshows, free video sharing, video montages.
Since then I have been staying up with her every night. I have put her on a Mare and Foal feed twice a day, She gets LOTS of alfalfa, free choice coastal, and beet pulp with her grain (because she was so malnourished), of course she has been wormed, vaccinated, and trimmed now and she has REALLY put on the weight! She looks like a little show horse now, all slicked out and thick and pretty... but she is driving me crazy! She shows signs of some sort EVERY night, whether its tail rubbing, laying down and rolling and getting back up, biting and kicking her belly... all of the above and sometimes just a few. Her vulva has been relaxed now for about 2 weeks (really relaxed), she has had a bag for about a week, but since she is obviously (hopefully) a maiden and pretty young, I didnt really expect much of a bag, her tail head is prominent also. I am new, but I will try to post all the pics I can so you guys can get a visual. This is my first foal, and Im pretty sure her first as well, so ANY advise is helpful. Thanks for reading such a LONG post. Oh~ and the baby moves ALOT, even tonight.. mostly I notice it and see kicking right in front of her bag on the back underside of her belly.... and boy does it KICK! Probably a mule baby... and shes letting his ears grow some more:wink:
I will LOVE it NO MATTER WHAT it is!
I sympathize with you!! (and envy your fun. My last birth until June is over. <sob> Lots of fun but lots of lost sleep, too.) Mares have different pain levels and what is no big deal to one girl is a completely different enchilada to another. I've had mares show some level of discomfort for three weeks straight before foaling.
That's good that she's put on weight. Good luck with her and let us know how it goes! Did your vet give you an estimate as to how far along the baby felt like?
Dusty pics April 1
Okay. I dont know how to upload all the pics apparently... so here is a link... Thanks for looking!
Yes, she looks ready here. Any bag or vulva pics? That would help a lot. Her tail head is pronounced, croup area is definitely soft and her belly is swollen. In your PB album these are the two pics where she looked the biggest. Are these the most recent?
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Juna ~ Thanks so much for the quick response! Well, as for showing pain for 3 weeks... I think were at the three week mark... or maybe over it :)
The vet didnt give me an estimate. He works mainly with cattle, but came out none the less, and charged almost nothing, he said he would hate to give me an estimate and be TOTALLY off... but there was definately a baby in there... I will try to get pics of her udders and vulva tomorrow and post them. Im so tired, but I have no idea what she is bred to and how she will react to labor... and whether or not there was fescue involved before I got her... and shes my baby having a baby... when I leave her at night (or early morning)... she paws the gate and whinnies at me. I know she enjoys the company because at night I have her in a foaling pen away from the other horses. We have bonded quite a bit in the last month. Shes my therapist. :)
Oh... GREAT! Thanks. If you have a sec I will take some pics, since I am sitting outside with her now... AGAIN... and upload them real fast. Thank u so much!
LOL. No problem! I love foaling season. It's the best time of the year! My vet works mainly with cattle, too. Makes it hard sometimes.
You must be so tired if you've been watching her for three weeks! I know how that feels. But, it's worth it when the foal comes.
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