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  1. HucklberryHollow

    She’s here!

    The pics don’t do her justice. She is the most stunning shimmery platinum silver and those long white eyelashes! She is up running around mama and trying out her bucking skills. It’s a great morning!
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    She’s here!

    Not sure why it posted twice, but I am not quite sure how to fix that. Sorry!
  3. Unbelievable! Taffy is a maiden mare and this was a surprise pregnancy, so we were not expecting a textbook delivery, but that is what we got! No signs of labor at all today. pH was 6.4 and calcium was 200. Waxing (maiden mare go figure) and huge udder. 10pm I came back from lower barn check and just thought she looked not herself. Sat down and watched her. She didn’t do a lot that would make me think stage 1 labor. Really nothing more than all the false alarms for the past month or two. 10:15 she got very restless walking in circles like she was going to lay down. 10:21 she laid down and her water broke . 10:30 foal was out. Within two minutes the foal was trying to stand and Taffy was up within 5 min. breaking the cord and the entire placenta delivered within about ten minutes. She would not stay lying down so I do worry if the cord was broken too early and the foal got what it needs from the placenta. Our vet is coming in the morning to check them over. The foal was attempting to stand and walk almost immediately after the birth. She really had a strong desire to find the milk bar and after a lot of almost, she finally latched on like a champ. I wasn’t prepared for the large amount of meconium, but she had no trouble passing it. She’s an absolute sassy pants! Mom is doing great too. The almost whisper nickers to her sweet baby and really making a big effort to get her to the milk bar...I’m kind of surprised, but very grateful. We couldn’t be happier! Meet Huckleberry Hollow’s Lovie
  4. Unbelievable! Taffy is a maiden mare and this was a surprise pregnancy, so we were not expecting a textbook delivery, but that is what we got! No signs of labor at all today. pH was 6.4 and calcium was 200. Waxing (maiden mare go figure) and huge udder. 10pm I came back from lower barn check and just thought she looked not herself. Sat down and watched her. She didn’t do a lot that would make me think stage 1 labor. Really nothing more than all the false alarms for the past month or two. 10:15 she got very restless walking in circles like she was going to lay down. 10:21 she laid down and her water broke . 10:30 foal was out. Within two minutes the foal was trying to stand and Taffy was up within 5 min. breaking the cord and the entire placenta delivered within about ten minutes. She would not stay lying down so I do worry if the cord was broken too early and the foal got what it needs from the placenta. Our vet is coming in the morning to check them over. The foal was attempting to stand and walk almost immediately after the birth. She really had a strong desire to find the milk bar and after a lot of almost, she finally latched on like a champ. I wasn’t prepared for the large amount of meconium, but she had no trouble passing it. She’s an absolute sassy pants! Mom is doing great too. The almost whisper nickers to her sweet baby and really making a big effort to get her to the milk bar...I’m kind of surprised, but very grateful. We couldn’t be happier! Meet Huckleberry Hollow’s Lovie
  5. HucklberryHollow

    She’s waxing! How long until the foal arrives?

    Thanks for the quick reply MMM! Foaling kit is ready, vet is on standby, phone is charged, case of Monster energy drinks is bought, and eyes are glued to the monitor...and I’m so nervous! Just praying it goes well. I’ve never handled a foaling. I’ve read and researched and watched all kind of videos, but I so wish they had a nice big hospital with a cute little mini mare maternity ward and lots of veterinarians. Lol!
  6. Woo hoo! Our veterinarian confirmed the our little maiden mare Taffy does indeed have wax! Milk droplets were yellowish and thicker than before, also sticky. Tested this morning and pH is 6.4 and calcium is 200. Any advice on when we might expect labor to get started? The wax has been present since 8am this morning.
  7. Woo hoo! Tonight we’re about 6.8 on the pH milk test! When I brought her in from her turnout she couldn’t even get through the stall door before she started trying to rub her butt on the gate. Maybe we are going to see this baby soon!
  8. My daughter posted this on Facebook - so funny I had to share! I hope the video link works it is hilarious! Hi, my name is Taffy and I am addicted to false labor... - full udders - swelling in front of teats - milk production - rolling - butt scratching - belly biting - tail switching - excessive itching - grunting, sighing - holding my breath - restlesness - agitation ...but I'm actually never letting this foal out!
  9. Do maiden mares have false labor? From 5:30am to 7am Taffy looked like she might be in labor. Huffing and puffing, bumping her belly with her nose, ears laid back, no good morning whinny, didn’t get up, didn’t look for breakfast, didn’t want to be turned out, grunting, tail flicking and then it stopped. She then spent the whole evening rubbing her butt on the foaling stall so hard she’s ripped hair out of her tail and while she does this she shakes her head like she’s gone crazy. She has rubbed fur off her shoulders too. Is all this intense itching and scratching normal for late pregnancy? Tonight pH went down a little, “milk” droplets are clear and sticky. She looks very mad to me lol! Oh, is this little one ever coming? These pics are from this morning...pure miserable...poor girl
  10. HucklberryHollow

    Magic Marker 2018

    They are both gorgeous!
  11. HucklberryHollow

    2018 Magic Marker babies before/after clipping

    That is one handsome boy! Love the white in his tail! He looks like he knows he’s fancy
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    Magic Marker clip

    Wow! She is sooooooo cute! What beautiful markings! And those gorgeous blue eyes!
  13. Update - No change in the ph, but I can barely get enough to put on the test strip. She is a maiden mare, not sure if that makes a difference. She is usually trying to bite my scalp at the time lol! What I do get is sticky and clear with little “crumbs” of something kind of hard. I clean her udder daily so I don’t think it’s dirt. Udder still stays firm feeling all the time. There is a little more swelling in front of the udder you may can see it in the pictures. Her belly is really low and sides are flat looking. She rolls everyday and scratches her legs with her back hooves like crazy. She rubs her shoulders and belly all over her foaling stall and has periods of some serious rump rubbing as well. I see less and less movement from the foal which I hope is normal as I guess they run out of room. I think her rump looks kind of pointy. I was so hoping the full moon and barometric pressure change would bring on labor, but maybe it’s just not time. It’s so hard since we don’t know when she was covered. These pics are from this evening. Not a great one of the udder. She was not having any of it tonight lol! Oh, I do think vulva is a darker pinkish red, but didn’t really want to post a pic since it’s not really a pleasant sort of picture. Thanks for checking on her!
  14. HucklberryHollow

    Hubby has the light on but no one is homel

    We all need to be able to say the things we are feeling, especially in a challenging caregiving situation. There is nothing easy about it and you definitely need breaks and time to rest and do some things you enjoy. Hospital social workers usually have resources and contacts to provide respite care when appropriate. Prayers that you can get some rest and help with caregiving
  15. Update - tested tonight with ph strip got a reading of 7.5 so I guess we have a little more time. Udder is still staying full and tight all day and evening. Milk was clear and sticky. Any info on how fast the ph reading can change? Just wondering if it gradually gets lower or can there be a drastic change. The learning curve is huge when it comes to these mini pregnancies lol!
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