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#1 KBnSketti

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 02:19 PM

Hi I'm new here! I have an eight year old mini mare who is due to foal any time. She is currently (as of 5/10/17) 328 days along. She has had two foals in the past but this is her first with me and the first mini horse foal for me ever (although I've witnessed plenty of other animal births). I am super anxious about her foaling and want to be present for the birth as I have been reading up on all the potential issues with minis. Needless to say I've been watching her like a hawk and I would love some of your experienced feedback on how you think she's progressing and how close she may be.

Her udder just started filling up about a week and half ago. I'll try to get some pictures up. I'd love some input from all of you!
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Posted 10 May 2017 - 02:38 PM

Please get a broadside picture and a picture from behind at her level. Also a picture of her milk bar. With that we will be able to possible help you more.
Mares on average take approx 6 weeks to fill their bag but not guaranteed.
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Posted 10 May 2017 - 02:54 PM

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 03:54 PM

Ok after a little time I figured out how to get some pictures up here! So the first one is from Monday on all of them. The one to the right (or bottom) is taken today. You can see her udder is filling gradually but it's pretty firm and nothing comes or when I try to milk her. Actually I got one teeny tiny drop yesterday that didn't even fall from her nipple and it was just clear. Her tummy is still pretty wide too and I think the vulva pictures I got actually look more elongated a couple days ago, but I think the different time of day/how I lifted her tail made the difference since it looks like she tightened up in the most recent one.

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 05:05 PM

Shes bagging up nicely. Her nipples will point straight down when she gets closer. You may or may not get fluid from bag. Some mares dont get any until after foaling.
Baby is still sitting sideways. Mare will look slab sided when baby gets aligned and she is about to foal. Also you may notice she is V'd when she is standing broadside.
From what I see she is very close and could go anytime. Now that I have said that she will hold onto her baby for a extended time.
I would keep a close eye on her, especially at night. They can be sneaky!

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 02:46 PM

More pictures from today (left/top pics are from yesterday). Tummy shape seems mostly the same but her udder looks to be filling nicely still. She has been holding her tail up for the last few days and I've noticed her twitching it a little more today. I have my camera all set up in the barn. If I check her at night and she's still the same, should I be safe to sleep all night or should I be up checking every couple hours at this point? I'm watching closely for her tummy to drop but I've also read this can happen last minute. 😬 So anxious! Thanks for the feedback so far!

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 03:49 PM

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 07:45 PM

Baby is still sitting sideways and nipples need to straighten and fill.
I would check on her throughout the night. Changes can be quick.
Had two mares that I checked before putting in barn. Bag was a little bigger but not huge. Did easily get clear fluid but still felt they were a few more days out. Checked on them about 10 pm and acting like they always do. Went out the following morning to two (thankfully) healthy live foals.
Also had a mare with no bag. She had had two previous foals so knew this was not like her. Decided to stay in barn for a different mare. That morning the mare with no bag went into labor. The foals back legs were contracted so had a very difficult delivery. We lost the foal 24 hours later but had I not been out there we would have lost the mare. That would have been a blow since we had lost a mare and her foal a few days before that. Foal died in utero and was not in foaling position. It took a lot of time to get foal out. Even though we put mare on pain meds and antibiotics, she passed away later that day.
Keep a close eye on her and be prepared for anything.
Good luck and safe foaling. Im still waiting on two. One due in the next week or so. The last was pastured with stallion so have no idea when due.

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 08:05 PM

Wow! I will definitely be keeping an eye on her. I have been reading a lot and have heard other stories about things changing very quickly so I suppose I'm going to have to be extremely vigilant! It makes me nervous! I will be really devastated if anything happens to the foal or my mare (she is the sweetest thing!) and especially so if it's due to me not being there. Here's hoping I catch the big event and that everything goes smoothly! Thanks for your help and good luck with your mares too!
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Posted 12 May 2017 - 02:46 PM

I posted on your new thread......... Be sure to check the liquid from teets too.  She looks VERY close.

 

Testing her "milk" is very helpful.....It can cut down a bit of the continuous checking at night.


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