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What color/gender will Bella's foal be?

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Aces April Dawn aka Bella was bred to Sexy N My Carharts for a May 2021 foal.

My luck hasnt been the best with this whole breeding thing....originally I had Bella booked to a Shire stallion, due to coronavirus, and a few second thoughts/bad feelings about the breeder, I cancelled the breeding. Breeder told me she would refund, and here we are 7 months since I sent the stud fee and she tells me if I want my stud fee back I can take her to court....so I started searching for versatile, calm, nice demeanor, good conformation Quarter or Paint horses....I love flashy Paints, so opted to go with Sexy N My Carharts. He is APHA, AQHA, PtHA, NSBA.....he is also overo but does not carry to LWO gene, instead carries the W20 gene.

Bella was originally bred back in May, confirmed in foal at her 14 day ultrasound, at her 30 day ultrasound she was no longer pregnant. I decided to give it another try as my vet was certain it must have been a hormonal inbalence. So mid June she was AI'd again....she was put on regumate the day after she was bred, confirmed in foal at her 14 day ultrasound, and was deemed still pregnant at her 30 day ultrasound yesterday! Heartbeat looks good, and everything looked great! She did end up having a caslick done yesterday. 60 day ultrasound is scheduled for mid August.

I am beyond excited for this foal! Gender and color make absolutely no difference to me, but as a Paint horse enthusiast, obviously Im hoping for some flashy markings!

Bella has had 2 foals, one in 2017, and one in 2018. Both chestnut overo fillies.....color chances in this breeding are Buckskin, Bay, Chestnut, Black, and Palomino with high chances of Buckskin and Bay.
 

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Figured Id update.....this past Monday, August 10th, Bella had her 60 day ultrasound.....everything looked picture perfect! Vet believes the foal is a colt from looking at the ultrasound.
 

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Can't wait to see the foal--I'm especially curious to find out the color! Wishing you and her the best of luck!
 
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My vet said its pretty hard....she did say shes right 50% of the time! LOL But was fairly certain it was a colt!
You'll have to ask her if she's related to Doc Ferris in Indiana. Years ago before ultrasounds I had the vet out to palpate a mare to check for pregnancy. "Yep," he says, "and it's in the left horn so she's going to have a colt." So for 10 months I went around telling people that. By the time the foal was born that vet had retired from large animals but was still doing small so I called him to tell him that the mare had a nice healthy bay colt and that he'd been right about the sex. He said, "I usually am about half the time" and started laughing while I sputtered and said "WAIT, you mean you made that up? I've repeated that to people who probably now think I'm as nuts as you are!" Which only made him laugh harder. He was quite a character.
 

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Can't wait to see who this baby looks like when it gets here. Congrats, so happy that it stuck this time.

I did the same thing that you did in changing studs with Laela.
I had paid for the stud fee and then Laela had a pasture accident and totaled her hock. I wasn't sure if she would ever be able to be ridden again or even bred. 18 months later I was starting to ride her again so I also wanted to breed her again. By that time I started re thinking who I wanted to breed her with. I never asked for the stud fee back though because it was no fault of theirs that I changed my mind.
 

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Can't wait to see who this baby looks like when it gets here. Congrats, so happy that it stuck this time.

I did the same thing that you did in changing studs with Laela.
I had paid for the stud fee and then Laela had a pasture accident and totaled her hock. I wasn't sure if she would ever be able to be ridden again or even bred. 18 months later I was starting to ride her again so I also wanted to breed her again. By that time I started re thinking who I wanted to breed her with. I never asked for the stud fee back though because it was no fault of theirs that I changed my mind.
Thank you! So are we......as far as the Shire breeding goes, I was ready to go. Had my mare UTD on all vaccines, health exam done, breeding exam done....literally everything the Shire owner requested I had done. Breeding was scheduled for April 10th......I emailed her April 2nd making sure everything was good, didnt hear anything back from her until April 10th stating I couldnt bring my mare there due to covid-19.....asked for another date and she couldnt give me one. Communication on their part became more and more sporadic and I was left having absolutely no idea what was going on with the breeding. I had no issue not getting the $200 booking fee as that was nonrefundable, but the $475 stud fee, I felt as thought it should have been returned as she couldnt keep me informed as to what was going on.

BUT its all said and done now....Im $675 in the hole and I have learned my lesson! Digging into them more, I found that they have done the same thing to others and are not 100% reliable and are a sketchy place to work with, not to mention they require things of outside mares such as hoof trimming that they dont have done for their own horses, so you live and learn, its all in the past now :D
 

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Yeah, people can sure be flaky sometimes. I'm glad that you were able to just let it go. Piece of mind is far more valuable and worth a lot more than 675. dollars. unethical people always end up paying for their deeds anyway. Besides, this baby is going to be beautiful.

I just love your mare.
 

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Yeah, people can sure be flaky sometimes. I'm glad that you were able to just let it go. Piece of mind is far more valuable and worth a lot more than 675. dollars. unethical people always end up paying for their deeds anyway. Besides, this baby is going to be beautiful.

I just love your mare.
Thats how I look at it :D Wasnt meant to happen, I believe this stallion compliments my mare much more than the Shire stallion, so all working out :)

And thank you! Im very excited!
 

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So we have made it to 5 months along! According to a few sites I've found, the foal is approximately the size of a rabbit. As per my breeding contract, Bella has to have the rhino vaccine at 3,5,7, and 9 months along. Her 5mo appointment is scheduled for Tuesday so looking forward to that! My vet is so good at reassuring me that I'm doing everything right and that all is going well with the pregnancy! I worry quite a bit since she absorbed the first pregnancy! I've been given the go ahead to stop using regumate so that will be pretty nice to not have to do every morning!

I started to buy supplies for a foaling kit this past week, figured if I started buying a few things every month by the time May comes along Ill be more than prepared! So any name suggestions? I believe we figured a name out but Im always open to other ideas for names! I havent figured anything that incorporates both their registered names that I like though.....

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Aces Up My Carharts How many letters including spaces do they allow now? I'm pretty sure it used to be 21 for APHA.
21 sounds about right although I havent looked for a little while now! Aces Up My Carharts is a good one too!!
 

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Bella is just a few days shy of 6mo pregnant now! Kinda got big overnight it seems lol. All is well, no twins, vet says shes healthy. She has her 7mo Rhino vaccine and general exam already scheduled! Overall, really not much longer to go. Ive begun gathering supplies for the foaling kit and really just need to pick up a few more things and it will be complete! I am getting more and more excited everyday! Bella has always been friendly but the further along she gets, it seems the friendlier she gets as well, although Im sure that will change as w near the home run!


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She looks great! Excited for you! The background in your pictures is gorgeous!
 
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