Help guesstimating foaling
Posted 10 May 2017 - 02:19 PM
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!
Posted 10 May 2017 - 02:38 PM
Mares on average take approx 6 weeks to fill their bag but not guaranteed.
Posted 10 May 2017 - 02:54 PM
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Posted 10 May 2017 - 03:54 PM
Posted 10 May 2017 - 05:05 PM
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!
Posted 11 May 2017 - 02:46 PM
Posted 11 May 2017 - 07:45 PM
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.
Posted 11 May 2017 - 08:05 PM
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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