Jump to content




Photo

Help guesstimating foaling


32 replies to this topic

#11 KBnSketti

KBnSketti

    Addiction Free

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 12 posts

Posted 14 May 2017 - 11:57 AM

Still no baby here although every move my mare makes has me ready to jump! Yesterday and today she has been biting her sides and rubbing her rear against fences and seems more nervous and agitated. I stayed up until 2am and then checked her every hour on the barn cam thinking it was surely going to be last night but no such luck! As of yesterday I still haven't been able to express anything besides teeny drops of clear liquid from her udder. I haven't gotten a chance to test today as she is very sensitive to me touching there and has been the last 2.5 days. She lost her mucus plug (or at least part of it) Friday morning. Her belly doesn't seem to have dropped yet.

The wait is torturous! How many more sleepless nights would you all guess I have? 😝

Pictures are yesterday (left) next to today (right) except the left vulva which is from friday. Does she look more red today?

Attached Thumbnails

  • IMG_6586.JPG
  • IMG_6577.JPG
  • IMG_6576.JPG

  • Debby - LB likes this

♥ ♥Check out the latest Lil Beginnings Featured Sale Board Ads HERE!

#12 Magic Marker Miniatures

Magic Marker Miniatures

    Habit Forming

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 101 posts

Posted 14 May 2017 - 01:35 PM

The butt rubbing and agitation makes me think she is getting closer.
The two broadside pictures show the baby is not sitting sideways as much in the second picture. She looks like she may have dropped in the belly a little.
As for the wait, Im sorry I cant help you. I have two more mares to go. Both are new so dont know there habits. One looks like she could foal in the next two weeks. The other one is a "I have no idea". She was pastured with a stallion between March and July. One of the other mares we purchased with her foaled two weeks ago. Her daughter ended up open and is in heat right now.
Just hang in there.

#13 Magic Marker Miniatures

Magic Marker Miniatures

    Habit Forming

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 101 posts

Posted 14 May 2017 - 01:40 PM

Take a look at both broadside pictures above. There is definite change. The second picture shows baby is sitting more towards front legs, giving her a almost v'd look. In my option, you could have a baby before next weekend.

#14 KBnSketti

KBnSketti

    Addiction Free

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 12 posts

Posted 14 May 2017 - 04:54 PM

Thanks for your feedback! I'm hoping it won't be a whole week more of anticipation! I have a feeling the moment I get too tired and give up on the "it could be any minute" type thinking she will lay down have that foal! I hope I have the energy to stay so vigilant!

I was able to get a little squeeze on her udder and it was just clear, watery like fluid. Not sticky or thick at all. Is that a sign that can change last minute or do things like that give me the ok to take it easy for the night? I'm just wondering how many of these nights I should be checking her on the hour because if it could be a week or more I definitely can't be doing that every night! Now I see why those breeder alert systems are so handy! Of course, those would have given me about 2-3 false alarms for the last two nights anyways since she's payed down flat a few times each night... **sigh**

#15 Magic Marker Miniatures

Magic Marker Miniatures

    Habit Forming

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 101 posts

Posted 14 May 2017 - 08:54 PM

Yes the color of the fluid can change quickly.
We had one mare checked her bag and it was clear sticky fluid at around 2 pm. When we brought her back into the barn around 5 pm and it was the color of milk.
Oh by the way, she foaled a coupke hours later.

#16 Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson

    Someone just shoot me!

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,271 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Melbourne Australia

Posted 15 May 2017 - 07:23 PM

Welcome to the forum :)

 

Agree with everyones comments in that she has made definite progress since your first pics. In regards to checking on her by the hour , If she was mine Id be checking on her. She doesnt have long to go and a few good rolls will shift baby into position for delivery. 

 

If she is sensitive to you trying to express fluid, then Id just leave her be. The first drink is the most important as it has all the "Good stuff" in it. She doesnt need expressing  unless your testing the milk to predict foaling. Some do this where I have never done, I just find it aggravates the mare and makes her more sensitive and grumpy at you poking and prodding her udder constantly. 

 

P.S its her job to drive you absolutely bananas and sleep deprived as she nears the big event , which will all be very worthwhile in the end :)  


TayJay Miniature Horses

 

Victoria , Australia 


#17 KBnSketti

KBnSketti

    Addiction Free

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 12 posts

Posted 15 May 2017 - 10:33 PM

Thank you all for your input and advice! It's really nice to have feedback from people who have been there and done it. Here are a few more pictures from today (compared with yesterday on the left). The side y ones are from Friday and today which does show a more obvious change of shape. Her udder continues to fill out and nipples seem pretty close to straight down now. It does seem to lose a little fullness throughout the day, however. Sometimes I think her vulva looks very elongated but then I notice it change back and I check her so otmften throughout the day that it seems to never stay the same! I did try getting milk today and was surprised when fluid sprayed out! It looked more white vs the clear I saw yesterday but wasn't able to get any in my hands since I wasn't quite expecting it! The tiny bit I got on my finger did feel sticky but definitely was not thick. I would have loved to test with my milk strips which I did buy far in advance but I probably won't try to milk her again as she just gets too agitated and I don't want to keep bugging her!

Here's hoping I don't have too much longer to be on pins and needles over here and that everything goes smoothly when the time does come!

Attached Thumbnails

  • IMG_6682.JPG
  • IMG_6644.JPG
  • IMG_6645.JPG
  • IMG_6704.JPG


#18 Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson

    Someone just shoot me!

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,271 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Melbourne Australia

Posted 15 May 2017 - 10:56 PM

She certainly is making great progress. Dont be surprised if she foals and her udder has not completely filled. Many mares foal with no udder what so ever and its not until they foal that they develop an udder. She is continuing to elongate and I dont think you will have long to wait at all.

 

They are very sneaky "Mares" and you are at that stage of her pregnancy where you will need to "beat her at her game" . So start looking for changes in her personality, tail swishing , stamping her hooves or just a complete change in personality. We used to have a TB mare years ago that would go from the lovliest mare to the devil within the last week of foaling. 

 

Also keep a watch for where she is hanging out in her yard/pasture/paddock. Often if they start standing in a different place to what your used to seeing her in, can sometimes be a great indication she is looking for somewhere to foal.

 

If she was mine , my foaling kit would be ready to go :)

 

Hope all goes well, best wishes for a safe foaling  :ThumbUp


TayJay Miniature Horses

 

Victoria , Australia 


#19 Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson

    Someone just shoot me!

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,271 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Melbourne Australia

Posted 15 May 2017 - 11:01 PM

Just one last thing, meant to say that its perfectly normal after moving around throughout the day that her udder deceases a little , it will always be at its fullest when she is laying down or standing around doing nothing.

 

When you notice its staying the same all day , thats when you know your not far off :)


  • Miniv likes this

TayJay Miniature Horses

 

Victoria , Australia 


#20 KBnSketti

KBnSketti

    Addiction Free

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 12 posts

Posted 17 May 2017 - 10:39 AM

Baby has arrived! After checking on my mare yesterday morning she was looking closer still and baby had finally really dropped. She wasn't showing any other really different signs though and after checking her at 8:10, I went in to shower, came back out at 9:10 and saw her laying down with a foal! I cannot believe I missed it and it happened so fast! Luckily everything went well and baby was doing great. The only thing is he he some pretty extreme laxity in his front legs and when vet came out to check on the both of them (mom was acting colicky post birth) she had me pretty concerned about his future. I thought his legs may correct on their own but she made it sound like best case scenario is they improve SOME over time. Does anyone have any experience/advice with this?

Here are a couple pics of mom an hour before she foaled compare with day before (udder from day earlier is on right this time) and of the sweet little colt! I'm really worried about his little legs and would love some feedback.

Attached Thumbnails

  • IMG_6722.JPG
  • IMG_6721.JPG
  • IMG_6802.JPG

  • Debby - LB, KLJcowgirl and PintoPalLover like this




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users