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Hi all! So tried this last year and thought it was a great way to share with people that are all as excited as me when are little ones on the way! We have 2 mares this yr Both AQHA bred to our APHA Stallion. 1st up is Reno Valley Lady (aka) Gabby, a grey 8 yr old mare and Request Vanzis Chick my 6 yr old Sorrel mare. Both bred to our APHA Tobiano Stallion Larkin In Gilead. A Rugged Lark Impressive bred stud. both mare bred the same week wich puts them at 340 on March 9th. So we are at day 342 today!I should add this is Gabbys second foal and Aria is a maiden. I will post some pics for you guys of both the girls and our stallion. If I can figure out how once again to accomplish that! We already have lots of progress made with bags dropping and so forth. I use the hth 6 way pool and spa test strips and Aria is at a 7.5 yesterday for ph so we may not be very far off from seeing some little ones. Gabby is a little higher in ph still but is fully bagged streaming milk and is soo loose in the back end its starting to look like other worldly! :lol: Ask me questions give me insights I love it all! Horse Snow Winter Wildlife Snout


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Gabby was checked in foal but never ultrasounded. Asked my vet a few months back when he was out and she was sooo large and he told me not to worry! Idk hes on standby if need be, but she is a compact horse and her last baby was a very big girl. Her last filly a black & white is a 2 yr old this yr and already 15.2. Gabby is 14.3 and daddy is 15.1. I hope for her sake she doesnt hold out too much longer! Very uncomfortable the last few days. Tail goin all day, tried to lay down a few times yesterday but only got halfway down before she decided it wasnt gonna work out and got back up, I was thinking I would share a picture with you guys of how relaxed she is. I told my sister if I posted a pic of her vulva and how swollen and relaxed I know I would get comments saying holy cow can you see feet! lol
 

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:shock: That grey is huge! Like...WoW!

Good luck! Hope everything goes smoothly!
 

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Here are some pic of The girls and their progress everyone will have to let me know what their guess is how far off you think we are...lol.....This is Gabby the grey mare
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Yes Gabby looks alot closer to me to, but usually when Im pretty sure of somthing like that they will prove me wrong and Aria will foal first...lol, still nothing this morning, we are in Northern MN and it has been wonderful weather the last few days in the 50's got out of bed this morning and its pouring rain. When youve got 3 feet of snow melting already and its starts pouring its not a good thing! If this keeps up I need a paddle boat to get out to them its just YUCK! right now! That probably means someones gonna foal :)
 

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I didn't know you could use regular spa strips! Do you have to do anything special?
Oh, and I know how you feel! Its super wet and muddy here. My mare is still 30 days till her due date so I don't want to stall her yet, but every chance she gets she gets filthy! She especially likes to wallow in the mud after being brushed :)
 

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I think Minnesota's early spring weather is a reason why my oldest sister bred her mare for a slightly later foal. She is in Duluth and her mare is due at the very end of April, it shouldn't be as bad of a mud hole then. Not that you can ever predict Minnesota weather, Valleyfair has very short lines on days with predicted rain and/or thunderstorms. :D
 

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I didn't know you could use regular spa strips! Do you have to do anything special?
Oh, and I know how you feel! Its super wet and muddy here. My mare is still 30 days till her due date so I don't want to stall her yet, but every chance she gets she gets filthy! She especially likes to wallow in the mud after being brushed :)
Nothing really special, you can buy the 6 way strips at our local hardware store, your only looking at the ph level and the hardness, (which is calcium) buy a gallon of distilled water, and mix your mild a 3:1 ratio, if you have 1cc of milk use 3 cc's distilled water. Dip your test strip and wait the time on the box to read the faster it changes the better. When they are ready hardness will be at 400ppm or higher but ph is the one that really helps and that will start at the highest and when your within about 12 to 24 hours it will drop way out like off the chart low 6.4 or lower. Works like a charm for me and I dont lose sleep anymore, the worst Ive had is last yr one mare held out 3 days after she tested ready...but I say if nothing else it tells you when they wont foal, Im glad I still only lost 3 nights of sleep instead of 3 weeks!
 

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I think Minnesota's early spring weather is a reason why my oldest sister bred her mare for a slightly later foal. She is in Duluth and her mare is due at the very end of April, it shouldn't be as bad of a mud hole then. Not that you can ever predict Minnesota weather, Valleyfair has very short lines on days with predicted rain and/or thunderstorms. :D
We usually have babies the end of April but we show and this way I dont lose them for the whole yr. and march is a happy medium since my stalls arent heated just heat lamps to have them in Jan. I dont believe in a broodmare so our babies come out of our show string, all our mares have to get a good show record going before we breed and we show daddy too soo mud it is I guess....lol
 

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sounds like you got all the bases covered! subbing to see those pretty little ones :lol:
 
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