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post #1 of 22 Old 07-19-2019, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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Foal watch

Newbie here! We got our first horse on June 17. She is a 9 year old fox trotter that we got from a kill pen. She was such a sweetheart. She would let us lead her around and touch her all over. When we got her, she had yellow mucous coming from her nose, so our vet gave us some antibiotics to give to her, for 20 days before he would see her. I posted a picture of her in a group that I am in and a few people asked if she was pregnant. We weren’t told that she was, so we had no idea. She looked thick but not the obvious pregnant belly (not obvious to us newbies anyway). Over the first few weeks of having her, her udder dropped and she is definitely producing fluid from them and the area around her tail head is like jello. Once we finally got her into the vet, I asked him if she might be pregnant. He looked her over, checked her udders and her fluid and he said that she definitely appears to be pregnant and that he would expect her to deliver sooner then later but he didn’t actually palpitate her 😑
Her vet appt was on July 12. Even in the last week and a half, she looks rounder and she has went from letting me touch her all over to not wanting to be messed with. At first she just didn’t want her udder or her flank near her hip touched, which is understandable. Now, she barely tolerates being touched at all. She nips the air to warn me but hasn’t actually nipped me yet, thank goodness.
So I guess we are on foal watch, despite the vet not 100% confirming pregnancy. Pictures of the grumpy girl below!
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post #2 of 22 Old 07-19-2019, 10:16 AM
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What a lovely mare!
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post #3 of 22 Old 07-19-2019, 10:53 AM
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Lovely mare!
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post #4 of 22 Old 07-19-2019, 11:11 AM
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thank you for rescuing! Foals are fun but just like children need boundaries to not become spoiled brats. I look forward to seeing more posts. Your mare is lovely!
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post #5 of 22 Old 07-19-2019, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks all! I check her twice a day and as of this morning, there is nothing that implies she is close to foaling.
I am finding myself more skittish around her, since she keeps snipping at me. So I’m typically viewing her from more of a distance.
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post #6 of 22 Old 07-19-2019, 01:59 PM
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She shouldn't be allowed to get away with snipping at you. Firm and fair. She needs to see that you are boss mare and she is just a subordinate in the pasture. Pregnant or not bringing a new horse home is not the time to decide they need their space because their behavior changes. It is fine if she doesn't want you to be poking and prodding at her so to speak but she has to give to the basics of care and that means being able to get up close and personal and in her space.



We have often joked that my Aussie was my dog but my son was her boy and as such she didn't tolerate any untoward behavior towards him or from him. Had I not been Alpha there would have been all sorts of issues all the way around. And the ripples would have been far reaching. She knew where the buck stopped so we CAN joke about it.


If you are getting skittish around her do you have an experienced horse friend that can give you some pointers in person?
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post #7 of 22 Old 07-19-2019, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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See, that’s where I struggle. I yell at her, in a deep tone, when she does it. All the videos I see, say to work them/make them move their feet, when they aren’t behaving/respecting you but since she is pregnant, I didn’t know if that’s something I should still do. Google isn’t much help. It’s definitely something I want to nip in the butt but there aren’t many resources that I can find, for training a pregnant mare.
I should add that she is at the point where she tries to run from me when I try to put her halter on her too. This was not an issue up until a week ago 😑
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post #8 of 22 Old 07-19-2019, 08:31 PM
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Then halter her every day, multiple times a day. Sometimes have ayreat ready, sometimes don't. Have a brush handy to groom her and find her favorite scratchy spot. You don't want to he poking and prodding or trying to get milk. Just leave those areas alone unless you are gently brushing but I would suggest brushing over the back and down the ribs until she starts to accept you ard the boss and she can trust you. If she is giving you the eyeball with intent to nip having an elbow ready for her to run into can persuade her that you aren't worth the trouble. Work her if you are comfortable working horses. Ride her if she's been trained and is broke to ride. I'm not saying ride her into tud ground but we've ridden or worked ours until they are just too uncomfortable. Considering the heat it would need to be early or late and until you have an idea of her fitness level keep if light.
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post #9 of 22 Old 07-19-2019, 08:32 PM
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Not ayreat should be a treat
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post #10 of 22 Old 07-19-2019, 08:34 PM
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Yelling at her is not going to work.
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