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post #11 of 19 Old 03-10-2020, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Well the verdict is in, and it looks like we’re having a baby!
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post #12 of 19 Old 03-10-2020, 03:14 PM
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Congrats! Do you know about how far along she is?
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post #13 of 19 Old 03-10-2020, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! The vet said she’s not the greatest at dating minis (full sized horses she said she’s fantastic at lol) but she believes she was bred late and it will probably be a summer baby but that’s just a guess. So we’re just going to have to keep a close eye on her and probably separate her with our little Welsh mare for company (her best friend)
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post #14 of 19 Old Yesterday, 11:01 AM
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Congrats on the little foal to be! They are too adorable to resist!
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post #15 of 19 Old Yesterday, 11:24 AM
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How exciting!! Can't wait to see what she has, and when!
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post #16 of 19 Old Yesterday, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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Congrats on the little foal to be! They are too adorable to resist!
Thank you! Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated as I have never had a mare in foal before. I’ve been doing lots of research and watching lots of videos to try and educate myself as much as possible so that we hopefully end up with a healthy mama and foal.
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post #17 of 19 Old Yesterday, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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How exciting!! Can't wait to see what she has, and when! <img style="max-width:100%;" src="https://www.horseforum.com/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
I’m going to be watching her like a hawk! Although I suspected it, I think I’m still very much in shock &#x1f602;
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post #18 of 19 Old Yesterday, 10:55 PM
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You already have a vet involved which is great and your best asset. Blessed Are The Brood Mares by M. Phyllis Lose is recommended reading. Of course my foaling kit always contained everything recommended but what I really only used was iodine to treat the navel (this is a must in my opinion), towels to dry off the foal (not a must but I liked to do it), and a children's size enema to help along the meconium (some people wait to see if they pass it on their own but I preferred to be proactive).

Reading material is usually about horse foals and what I found different between what my horse foals did and what the mini foals did is this:

They get up much faster I guess because they don't have those long legs to try to control. And their first thought is learning how to run and buck instead of playing where's the teats. LOL Can be quite concerning when you want them to nurse in that first hour or two and all they want to do is be on the move. I found if I gave them about 30 minutes of that play time and then locked them in a stall they'd settle down and start working on figuring out how to nurse. The stall was also mini sized at 8' X 6' because a regular stall would still give them too much room for antics.

Once they've gotten up, pooped and peed, nursed and settled back down for a nap then it's your time to head in for some much needed shuteye and leave mom and foal alone for a bit to bond.

You will have an incredible urge to carry them around with you. LOL It's good to get them used to you holding them but not constantly.

That's the basic stuff that I can think of. It's been a while since any babies were born here so I might have forgotten something. Feel free to ask questions, there's plenty of experienced breeders here on the forum. Don't fret if you get different answers because there's always more ways than one to skin a cat.
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post #19 of 19 Old Yesterday, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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Wow JCnGrace, thank you so much for that! So much great information. I’ll definitely be looking into that book.
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